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Homer boys, SkyHi girls earn wins

Posted: Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Skyview's girls basketball coach Cary Calvert said his team is most effective when each of his seven-player rotation is in the lineup. With Jaci Lamborn and Jessica Stewart -- two keys in that rotation -- back on the floor Tuesday, his statement couldn't have been more accurate, as the host Panthers cruised to a 52-27 victory over Northern Lights Conference opponent Homer.

In the boys game, Homer earned a split with a 46-34 victory.

"It was really nice to have our team together," Calvert said.

Casee Penrod led Skyview with 16 points. Half of her points were scored in the fourth quarter.

"Casee is just a phenomenal athlete," Calvert said.

Paris Cooper and Jaxon Hill -- both of whom chipped in eight points -- played well inside, Calvert said.

"Our girls were excited," he said. "We just have some good kids."

Homer head coach Deb Lowney summed the game's thoughts up in a word -- frustration.

"Every game we've started to see improvement," she said. With losses mounting on the season, Lowney said it's difficult to see the improvement without getting a win.

"We're just not making our shots," she said.

On the other side of the court, it's a different story.

"Defensively, I can't praise them enough," Lowney said of her squad. "They're relentless. That's a testament to them."

After a slow start, Skyview picked up its play in the second half of the first quarter. The Panthers fell behind 6-2 but a jump shot by Lamborn and an Ivy O'Guinn 3-pointer gave the Panthers a 7-6 lead. Lamborn totaled nine points on the night and O'Guinn had seven.

They never trailed after O'Guinn's three.

Lamborn's and O'Guinn's buckets were part of an 11-0 first-quarter run, giving Skyview a 13-6 lead after one quarter.

The Lady Mariners made a quick cut in the Panthers' lead to start the second when Caryn Cordova converted a three-point play, making a bucket, drawing a foul and converting the free throw. But the Panthers came back with a six unanswered points to end the half, giving them a 23-11 lead.

The Mariners went 1-for-7 from the line in the first half and 5-of-19 for the game. Skyview was 2-for-2.

The Panthers outscored the Mariners 29-16 in the second half, including a lopsided 16-6 fourth quarter.

Lowney said she saw nice attack moves from unexpected players.

"We just have to focus on things that are going right," she said.

As for Skyview, with the Grace Christian tournament this weekend followed by an NLC matchup against Kenai Central, Calvert is taking it one game at a time.

"Our road doesn't get any easier," he said. "We're just trying to keep learning, and today was a step to keep learning."

Mariners 46, Panthers 34

After seeing a sizeable lead cut to one at the end of the first half, the Homer boys outscored the Panthers 12-3 in the third quarter and never looked back.

Homer opened the contest with an 11-0 run. But the Panthers answered back, outscoring the Mariners 11-3 in the second. Skyview was able to cut Homer's lead to 19-18 at the half.

"We got away from running our offense," Homer head coach Mark Casseri said of his team's breakdown. "Once we run our offense, good things happen."

The Mariners got their offense going in the third quarter, scoring 12 points to SkyHi's 3. After leading 21-19, Homer went on a 10-0 run to end the third. The deficit proved too much for Skyview to overcome.

Devon Kennelty led Homer with 10 points. Luke Garvey added nine and Norm Anderson chipped in eight.

Skyview was led by Cameron Harvey with 12 points on the night.

Casseri said defense and rebounding gave his team the win.

"Defensively, we went after it," he said.

His team limited the turnovers in the second half, Casseri said.

"We had a real good team performance," he said.

Kenai Central girls 63, Nikiski 21

Samantha Hull poured in a game-high 20 points as the Kenai Central girls defeated visiting Nikiski 63-21 on Tuesday in nonconference action.

Hull buried five 3-pointers for the Kardinals, who hit 11 treys in the game. The Kardinals, who also received 12 points from Stevie Dunlap, led 50-7 at halftime. Dylan Holloway had 11 points to pace the Bulldogs.

Kardinals 63, Bulldogs 21

Nikiski 2 5 6 8 --21

Kenai 29 21 13 0 --63

NIKISKI (21) -- Griffel 0 1-2 1, D. Holloway 4 3-6 11, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Tumsuden 0 0-0 0, T. Holloway 1 0-0 2, Tuttle 0 1-2 1, Parrish 0 0-1 0, Moore 2 0-0 4, Dixon 0 0-0 0, Martin 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 8 5-11 21.

KENAI CENTRAL (63) -- Hull 7 1-2 20, McGahan 3 0-2 8, L. Beeson 4 0-0 9, Kiefer 0 0-0 0, B. Beeson 0 1-2 1, Flanagan 4 0-0 8, Sandahl 0 0-0 0, Chay 0 0-0 0, Kelley 0 0-0 0, Wensley 1 0-0 3, Dunlap 5 0-0 12, Young 1 0-0 2, Cabot 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 25 2-6 63.

3-point goals -- Kenai Central 11 (Hull 5, McGahan 2, Dunlap 2, L. Beeson 1, Wensley 1). Team fouls -- Nikiski 9, Kenai 15. Fouled out -- none.

Panthers 52, Lady Mariners 27

Homer 6 5 10 6 -- 27

Skyview 13 10 13 16 -- 52

HOMER (27) -- A. Ketelle 2 0-0 2, L. Needham 4 0-2 4, A. Stafford 4 1-4 5, J. Erickson 0 0-0 0, C. Cordova 6 2-9 8, M. Wood 4 2-4 6, K. Hutt 0 0-0 0, B. Edens 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 22 5-19 27.

SKYVIEW (52) -- J. Jones 0 0-0 0, M. Hauptman 0 0-0 0, I. O'Guinn 5 2-2 7, C. Penrod 16 0-0 16, J. Stewart 2 0-0 2, P. Cooper 8 0-0 8, B. Mercier 0 0-0 0, J. Hill 8 0-0 8, J. Lamborn 9 0-0 9, S. Malatesta 0 0-0 0, M. Parham 2 0-0 2. Totals -- 50 2-2 52.

3-point goals -- Skyview 2 (O'Guinn 1, Lamborn 1). Team fouls -- Homer 5; Skyview 16. Fouled out -- None.

Mariners 46, Panthers 34

Homer 16 3 12 15 -- 46

Skyview 7 11 3 13 -- 34

HOMER (46) -- C. Watry 6 2-2 8, M. Walsworth 0 0-0 0, C. Shealy 0 0-0 0, J. Jeminez 0 0-2 0, L. Garvey 8 1-2 9, R. Cotney 0 0-0 0, J. Jester 2 1-2 3, N. Anderson 5 3-3 8, D. Day 0 4-6 4, R. Glasser 2 0-0 2, M. Wood 0 0-0 0, D. Kennelty 8 2-2 10. Totals -- 33 13-19 46.

SKYVIEW (34) -- C. Hallford 2 0-0 2, J. McNamara 0 0-0 0, R. Reynolds 0 0-0 0, A. White 4 1-2 5, J. Malatesta 0 0-0 0, J. Jones 6 0-2 6, C. Harvey 11 1-1 12, D. Parham 2 1-5 3, D. Diaz 2 1-6 3, C. Oakes 2 0-1 2. Totals -- 30 4-17 34.

3-point goals --Homer 1 (Anderson 1); Skyview 3 (Harvey 3). Team fouls -- Skyview 13. Fouled out -- None.



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