PALMER — After tough losses to rivals Colony and Wasilla within the last 10 days, the Palmer girls and boys basketball squads each scored a much-needed Northern Lights Conference win Saturday.

 

Junior Abriana Busbey scored eight of her team’s 11 fourth-quarter points to help the Moose edge SoHi 53-51. Busbey hit a pair of threes in the game, including one in the fourth. Julia Benshetler added 11 for Palmer. Catherine Uschmann chipped in eight.

Allian Schmidt led Soldotna with 14. Denali Wurst added a dozen and Danica Schmidt chipped in 10.

In boys action, senior Clayton Southwick drained three of his team’s eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points during a 60-26 win over the Stars. Palmer led 30-11 at halftime, and extended the advantage with a 17-4 third-quarter run. SoHi was held to single digits in scoring in each of the first three quarters.

Jacob Titus also knocked down four 3s of the Moose, and scored 14.

David Michael led SoHi with five.

Seahawk Classic

Tournament play wrapped up in Seward on Saturday with the Hutchison girls and boys teams taking first place, with the Seward girls and boys both taking second place.

The Seward girls wrapped up second with a 53-52 victory over Bristol Bay. Seward led 22-21 at half, then 31-20 after the third, before the Angels staged a big comeback.

Sharon Hanson had 24 points to lead Bristol Bay, while Kiana Treton had 17 points and Denali Moorcroft had 11 points.

For Seward, Coral Petrosius had 23 points, while Riley Von Borstel added 14.

The Seward boys finished off the tournament by topping Bristol Bay 50-36. Zen Petrosius had 20 points, while Connor Spanos added 14. Connor Romer paced Bristol Bay with 18 points.

Nenana Invitational Tournament

The Nikolaevsk boys took fourth place Saturday at the Nenana Invite with a 64-40 loss to SuValley in the third-place game.

Leading 28-24 at halftime, SuValley outscored Nikolaevsk 36-16 in the second half to secure the victory.

Kalenik Molodih poured in 25 points for the Warriors in the loss while grabbing five steals. Zachary Trails added eight points and Michael Trail brought down 13 rebounds.

The Ninilchik boys lost a 67-55 game to Nenana in the tournament’s fifth-place game, giving the Wolverines sixth place.

Tony Oktollik led the Lynx with 21 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, while George Nelson paced Ninilchik with 18 and Garrett Koch added 16. Jake Clark also chipped in 10 points.

Nenana shot out to a 14-4 lead in the first eight minutes, but Ninilchik won the second quarter to go into halftime down 27-18.

However, the Wolverines could not make up the deficit, as both teams split the third quarter 18-18 and Nenana took the fourth 22-19 to secure the victory.

In girls action, the Ninilchik girls’ run to Saturday’s championship game was deflated by a 56-16 loss to Nenana for the title. Ninilchik finished with second place honors.

Nenana started fast and never let up, leading 12-4 after one quarter and 27-9 at halftime. By the end of the third, the Lynx held a 41-13 lead over Ninilchik.

Ashley Aguilak led Nenana with 16 points, while DeeAnn White scored a team-high 11 for Ninilchik. Also for the Wolverines, Madi Cooper had three and Olivia Delgado notched two.

In the girls fifth-place game, Nikolaevsk escaped with a tight 45-43 victory over Tok.

Kristin Klaich and Elizabeth Fefelov combined for 36 points in the win, each scoring 18. Klaich hit 7 of 12 shots and caught 19 rebounds, while Fefelov secured 13 boards.

The Warriors led 9-6 after one quarter and 25-16 at the half. Tok rallied back by outscoring Nikolaevsk 18-6 in the third to take a three-point lead, but the Warriors answered back by winning the fourth quarter 14-9.

Birchwood boys 65, CIA 33

The Cook Inlet Academy boys were handed a loss Saturday at home by Birchwood Christian, keeping the Eagles winless on the year.

Birchwood grabbed a 20-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and 35-13 by the half. The visitors outscored CIA 16-13 in the third quarter to skate away with the win.

Isaac Johnson paced CIA with 11 points while Jiabao Leaf added 10 and Lucas Cragg notched nine.

CIA girls 28, Birchwood 22

Cook Inlet held on to win a Peninsula Conference meeting with Birchwood Saturday at home.

Adara Warren scored a game-high 14 points for CIA and teammtae Anna Cizek chipped in 10.

The Eagles led 14-13 at halftime but outscored Birchwood 8-5 in the third quarter to distance itself, then secured the win with defense, containing Birchwood to just four points in the fourth.

Saturday girls

Seahawks 53, Angels 52

Bristol Bay 12 9 9 22 — 52

Seward 13 9 19 12 — 53

BRISTOL BAY (52) — Wilson 0 0-0 0, Tretikoff 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Moorcroft 4 0-0 11, Treton 6 0-0 17, hanson 10 0-1 24. Totals — 20 0-1 52.

SEWARD (53) — Dow 1 0-0 2, Sawyer-Lemme 0 0-0 0, Ambrosiani 0 0-0 0, R. Terry 2 0-0 4, Von Borstel 6 0-0 14, Sieverts 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 2-3 2, Sullivan 4 0-0 8, Petrosius 10 3-7 23. Totals — 22 5-10 53.

3-point goals — Bristol Bay 12 (Treton 5, Hanson 4, Moorcroft 3); Seward 2 (Von Borstel 2). Team fouls — Bristol Bay 11, Seward 13. Fouled out — Johnson.

Moose 53, Stars 51

Soldotna 17-17-9-8—51

Palmer 15-14-13-11—53

Soldotna (51) — McGillivey 1 2-2 4, Miler 0 2-3 2, Blossom 2 2-3 6, A. Schmidt 4 6-10 14, Holland 0 3-6 3, Wurst 4 4-5 12, D. Schmidt 4 2-4 10; Totals: 15 21-33 51.

Palmer (53) — Busbey 4 9-12 19, Pettingill 2 1-2 5, Uschmann 2 3-4 8, S. Benshetler 2 2-6 6, Bowman 1 0-0 2, Giese 0 0-3 3, J. Benshetler 3 5-6 11, Alley 1 0-0 2; Totals: 15 20-32 53.

3-point field goals: Soldotna 0, Palmer 3 (Busbey 2); Team fouls: Soldotna 22, Palmer 25.

Saturday boys

Seahawks 50, Angels 36

Bristol Bay 15 6 7 8 — 36

Seward 14 8 12 16 — 50

BRISTOL BAY (36) — Romer 7 1-2 18, Phelps 0 0-0 0, Hill 3 0-0 8, Seitz 0 0-0 0, Adams 4 0-0 8, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Hamon 1 0-0 2. Totals — 15 1-2 36.

SEWARD (50) — Hollingsworth 0 0-0 0, Koster 0 0-0 0, Moriarity 0 0-0 0, S. Estes 0 0-0 0, C. Estes 2 0-0 4, Ingalls 3 0-0 9, Spanos 7 0-0 14, Jarvis 1 1-2 3, McMurry 0 0-0 0, Nilsson 0 0-0 0, Petrosius 8 4-4 20. Totals — 21 5-6 50.

3-point goals — Bristol Bay 5 (Romer 3, Hill 2); Seward 3 (Ingalls 3). Team fouls — Bristol Bay 7, Seward 5. Fouled out — none.

Moose 60, Stars 26

Soldotna 4-7-4-11—26

Palmer 11-19-17-13—60

Soldotna (26) — Truesdell 1 2-2 4, Spence 0 2-4 2, Miller 1 0-1 2, Sheridan 0 0-1 0, Crowder 2 0-0 5, Tuisaula 1 0-0 2, Michael 1 3-6 5, McElroy 1 0-0 2, Kent 1 0-0 2, Chumley 1 0-0 2; Totals: 19 7-15 26.

Palmer (60) — Atkins 3 1-5 7 McLean 1 0-0 2, Titus 5 0-0 14, Rankin 1 1-2 4, Southwick 7 7-8 24, Cutright 1 2-2 4, R. Marshall 0 1-1 1, Brown 2 0-0 4; Totals: 20 12-18 60

3-point field goals: Soldotna 1 (Crowder 1), Palmer 8 (Southwick 3); Team fouls: Soldotna 17, Palmer 18.

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