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Homer girls prove up to Challenge

Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2005

 

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  West Valley's Kyl Quayle and Demi Wilson (23) battle for a rebound against Homer's Reba Temple and Allison Horazdovsky during Saturday's championship game of the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Homer's Allison Horazdovsky gets a shot over defenders from West Valley during the second half of Saturday's championship game at the Peninsula Challenge.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Homer girls basketball team faced off against West Valley in Saturday's girls championship game at the 2005 Peninsula Challenge at Skyview. Led by freshman Allison Horazdovsky's 15 points and freshman Reba Temple's 12, the Mariners snuck past the Wolfpack 45-43.

"Teamwork and great plays from these (Homer) girls really paid off," said Homer coach Megan Murphy.

Homer beat out rivals Kodiak and Skyview to get into Saturday's championship game, while West Valley knocked off Soldotna and Seward.

"We just worked hard on defense and played as a team," said Horazdovsky.

After jumping to an early lead behind buckets from Horazdovsky and Kailee Pollack, the Mariners faltered and fell behind to the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack then stretched a thin lead later on in the second quarter to as many as nine points.

Smart play from Homer senior Bailey Lowney helped cut into the Wolfpack's lead by halftime as the Mariners trailed by only five, 28-23.

Both teams were out of rhythm for the first few minutes of the second half, trading turnovers. It wasn't until midway through the third quarter that Homer and West Valley finally created some offense.

Following a 3-pointer from the tournament's most valuable player, Casey Miller of West Valley, Horazdovsky put in a quick layup and Temple scored on a put-back to make it 33-30 at the end of the third quarter.

To start the fourth, both teams traded shots, but with 5:16 left in the game, Homer took the lead back on a shot from Horazdovsky that made it 36-35.

Homer maintained a slim lead for the rest of the fourth quarter until West Valley's Miller came to life again and scored on a soaring layup against Temple to take back the lead, 43-42.

 

West Valley's Kyl Quayle and Demi Wilson (23) battle for a rebound against Homer's Reba Temple and Allison Horazdovsky during Saturday's championship game of the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

After a quick timeout, the Mariners went to Horazdovsky, who sliced through the lane and tossed up a tough layup between defenders. Her shot came off hard and bounced into the hands Temple, who was there to gather the miss and put it in with less then 10 seconds in the game.

With the lead 44-43, Homer's tough defense caused a West Valley player to turn the ball over with only three seconds left.

Homer inbounded to Pollack who was fouled and put on the free-throw line, where she hit the first and missed the second, but Horazdovsky was there to grab the rebound as the buzzer sounded.

"We played as a team this weekend and just worked really hard to win," said coach Murphy.

Skyview girls 40, Seward 36

The Panthers recovered from a Friday drubbing by Homer to take third place in the tournament.

The Panthers entered the fourth quarter trailing 33-29 but clamped down on defense in the final eight minutes. Skyview outscored Seward 11-3 in the final quarter.

Nicole VanRyzin led a balanced Skyview attack with eight points, while Serena Hoogland had 10 points to lead Seward.

Soldotna girls 41, Kodiak 30

The Stars took fourth place with a victory over the Bears.

Soldotna took control of the game with a 17-3 lead after the first quarter. Kaylee Wilbanks had 13 points to pace the Stars, while Marlana McCown added 11. Stacy Keegan led Kodiak with eight points.

Kenai girls 69, Grace Christian 56

The Kardinals beat the Grizzlies for a seventh-place finish.

In a game that featured 70 foul shots, the Kardinals grabbed an early lead by doubling up the Grizzlies in the first quarter 22-11. Amber McGlasson, Lindsay Keener and Sam Navarre all scored in double figures with 14, 13, and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Kardinals.

MARINERS 45, WOLFPACK 43

Homer 12 11 7 15 — 45

West Valley 13 15 5 10 — 43

HOMER (45) — Bornheimer 0 0-0 0, Gruber 0 0-0 0, Pollack 1 1-2 4, Creamer 2 0-0 4, Conley 0 0-0 0, Luebbert 0 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 7 1-3 15, McKinstry 0 0-0 0, Siekaniac 0 3-5 3, Lowney 3 1-3 7, Temple 5 2-8 12. Totals — 18 8-21 45.

WEST VALLEY (43) — Callahan 1 0-0 2, Wisel 0 0-0 0, Webb 2 0-0 4, Wilson 8 4-8 20, K. Miller 0 0-0 0, Meyer 0 0-0 0, Musgrove 3 1-1 7, C. Miller 1 4-6 7, Quayle 0 0-0 0, Evans 1 1-4 3. Totals — 16 10-19 43.

3-point goals — Homer 1 (Pollack), West Valley 1 (C. Miller). Totals Fouls — Homer 14, West Valley 19. Fouled Out — none.

PANTHERS 40, SEAHAWKS 36

Seward 14 10 9 3 —36

Skyview 14 8 7 11 —40

SEWARD (36) — Sawyer 0 0-0 0, Hetrick 2 1-2 6, Prochazka 3 0-0 6, Hoogland 4 2-2 10, Sela 1 0-0 2, Stallings 0 1-2 1, Loomis 2 1-2 5, Crane 0 0-0 0, Adelman 3 0-2 6. Totals — 15 5-10 36.

SKYVIEW (40) — Heffner 3 0-2 6, M. Fay 3 0-2 6, VanRyzin 4 0-1 8, Dreifuerst 2 2-3 6, Blake 2 0-0 4, Smith 0 0-0 0, Shadura 2 1-2 5, A. Fay 2 1-2 5. Totals — 18 4-12 40.

3-point goals — Seward 1 (Hetrick 1). Total fouls — Seward 11, Skyview 10. Fouled out — A. Fay.

STARS 41, BEARS 30

Kodiak 3 11 9 7 —30

Soldotna 17 9 5 10 —41

KODIAK (30) — Filburn 1 1-2 3, Yamat 0 0-0 0, Poulas 2 0-0 5, Quass 1 0-0 2, Keegan 3 2-2 8, Abella 2 0-0 4, Nault 1 4-5 6, Odell 1 0-2 2, E. Horn 0 0-0 0, A. Horn 0 0-0 0. Totals — 11 7-11 30.

SOLDOTNA (41) — Smith 1 2-4 4, McCown 4 1-2 11, Cleveland 0 0-0 0, Gardner 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 2 0-0 4, Stenga 0 1-2 1, Wilbanks 5 3-6 13, Howard 1 2-2 5, Bell 0 0-0 0, Barker 1 0-0 3, Marey 0 0-0 0, Denna 0 0-0 0, Blackburn 0 0-0 0. Totals — 14 9-16 41.

3-point goals — Kodiak 1 (Poulas 1); Soldotna 4 (McCown 2, Howard 1, Barker 1). Total fouls — Kodiak 11, Soldotna 16. Fouled out — none.

KARDINALS 69, GRIZZLIES 56

Kenai 22 18 12 17 — 69

Grace Christian 11 15 9 21 — 56

KENAI (69) — Navarre 4 4-8 12, Keener 3 10-18 13, Foley 0 0-0 0, Dunn 1 0-0 2, McGlasson 4 6-7 14, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Calderwood 4 1-2 9, Craig 2 4-6 8, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Kiel 0 0-0 0, Brewer 2 2-4 6. Totals — 21 27-45 69.

GRACE CHRISTIAN (56) — Balsteri 2 0-1 4, Davis 0 0-0 0, Metcab 0 5-8 5, Sailors 3 5-8 13, Walls 0 0-0 0, Savage 4 0-0 8, Arts 2 5-10 10, Perry 7 2-8 16. Totals — 18 17-35 56.

3-point goals — Grace Christian 3 (Sailors 2, Arts). Total Fouls — Kenai 27, Grace Christian 26. Fouled Out — McGlasson, Perry.



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