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SoHi girls blow past Seward

Posted: Friday, January 05, 2007

In the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School on Thursday, the Soldotna girls basketball team kept playing the way it had in posting an impressive 3-1 record at a tournament in San Diego over Christmas break.

For the most part, playing in the San Diego style was a good thing.

The Stars, now 6-1 overall, posted a 63-18 victory over Seward at the tournament. About the only thing that hurt Soldotna in the game was persistent fouling in the first half, when the Seahawks went to the foul line 20 times.

Soldotna coach Mark Tuter said the physical play was a remnant of the Outside trip.

“The last four games in San Diego were more like football,” Tuter said. “It was really physical down there.”

In other action at the Peninsula Challenge on Thursday, Kodiak defeated Kenai 51-31 and Skyview defeated Nikiski 47-39. Homer also defeated Grace Christian.

After a half of basketball, Soldotna adjusted its defensive tactics. The Stars still played solid defense, allowing the Seahawks to score just six points in the second half, and did not send Seward to the foul line.

“One of our points of emphasis at halftime was to play good defense without reaching and fouling,” Tuter said.

The coach said he was pleased with the way his squad executed on offense throughout the contest. The Stars were able to get the ball into Christa Kennedy (10 points) and Paige Blackburn (15 points) against Seward’s zone. The duo was able to score or make a pass to an open teammate.

Jenni Stenga and Mikala Smith also added 10 points for the Stars, who shot 19 of 55 (35 percent) in the game and committed just 14 turnovers despite using a lot of substitutes.

Soldotna’s aggressive defense made for a tough offensive night for Seward, which was led by the seven points of Rubye Foldager. The Seahawks had 36 turnovers and were 5 of 38 from the field.

In today’s semifinals, Homer will play Soldotna at 6:15 p.m. and Skyview will play Kodiak at 8 p.m. In the consolation bracket, Grace will play Seward at 2:45 p.m. and Kenai will play Nikiski at 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the championship is at 4 p.m., the third-place game is at 2:15 p.m., the fourth-place game is at 12:30 p.m. and the seventh-place game is at 10:45 a.m.

Kodiak 51, Kenai 31

Junior forward Alysa Horn had 14 points to lead the Bears past the Kardinals. Kodiak jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter, with Horn scoring six points in the quarter. Samantha Navarre paced the Kardinals with nine points.

Skyview 47, Nikiski 39

The tournament hosts came up with a big win in a back-and-forth game against the Bulldogs.

Skyview took a 20-17 lead into halftime but Tasha Thompson scored 10 points in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs a 34-29 lead after the third quarter. Skyview then shut Nikiski down in the fourth quarter, giving up only five free throws.

The Panthers were up by two points with 35 seconds left when Melissa Massey hit two foul shots. After a Nikiski miss, Nicole Van Ryzin added two more foul shots, then Melissa Fay hit 2 of 4 foul shots to wrap up the win. Fay paced the Panthers with 21 points, while Van Ryzin had 16.

For Nikiski, Hannah Thompson and Tasha Thompson had 11 points apiece.

Thursday’s games

STARS 63, SEAHAWKS 18

Seward 6 6 4 2 —18

Soldotna 15 19 17 12 —63

SEWARD (18) — D. Foldager 0 2-4 2, Beals 1 3-6 5, Banic 0 0-3 0, R. Foldager 3 1-3 7, Hill 0 0-2 0, Buchanan 1 2-2 4, Clemens 0 0-0 0, Kain 0 0-0 0, Clarke 0 0-0 0. Totals — 5 8-20 18.

SOLDOTNA (63) — Senette 3 1-3 8, Heffner 0 0-1 0, Jes. Stenga 3 0-2 6, Kennedy 4 1-2 10, Donaldson 0 0-0 0, Jen. Stenga 5 0-0 10, Smith 4 2-2 10, Hintermeister 0 0-0 0, Barker 1 1-1 3, Duffy 0 1-2 1, Blackburn 7 1-1 15. Totals — 25 7-14 63.

3-point goals — Soldotna 2 (Senette 1, Kennedy 1). Total fouls — Seward 14, Soldotna 22. Fouled out — none.

BEARS 51, KARDINALS 31

Kenai 4 7 11 9 —31

Kodiak 15 5 15 16 —51

KENAI (31) — Navarre 4 1-2 9, Delaney 1 0-0 2, Foley 1 1-2 3, Moore 1 0-0 2, Hull 1 0-0 2, Wortham 1 0-0 2, Craig 2 1-4 5, Steward 2 2-4 6, Sassi 0 0-0 0, Garcia 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 5-12 31.

KODIAK (51) — Filburn 1 0-0 2, Yamat 2 4-7 8, Poulous 4 0-0 9, Keplinger 2 0-0 4, Nault 2 5-7 9, A. Horn 7 0-0 14, E. Horn 1 0-0 2, Timpke 1 1-4 3, McCarty 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 10-18 51.

3-point goals — Skyview 1 (Poulos 1). Team fouls — Kenai 15, Kodiak 9.

PANTHERS 47, BULLDOGS 39

Nikiski 8 9 17 5 —39

Skyview 13 7 9 18 —47

NIKISKI (39) — Romans 0 0-0 0, B. Carlson 1 4-4 6, Pritchard 2 2-2 6, Chadwick 1 0-0 2, H. Thompson 4 3-4 11, T. Thompson 4 1-4 11, Jorgensen 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 11-15 39.

SKYVIEW (47) — Martin 1 0-0 2, Massey 2 2-2 6, Fay 8 3-6 21, Van Ryzin 6 3-3 16, Mercier 0 0-0 0, West 1 0-0 2, Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 8-11 47.

3-point goals — Nikiski 2 (T. Thompson 2); Skyview 3 (Fay 2, Van Ryzin 1). Team fouls — Nikiski 13, Skyview 11. Fouled out — none.



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