SoHi boys edge Homer

In girls game, Mariners hang on to defeat Stars

Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2006

A good week of practice made all the difference for the Soldotna High School boys basketball team Saturday.

“It’s amazing what a week of hard work can do to transform a team,” said Soldotna coach Joe Trujillo after the Stars defeated the visiting Homer Mariners 60-54 in a Northern Lights Conference game at Soldotna.

Also Saturday, the Homer girls hung on to defeat the Stars 44-43.

Trujillo said his team focused on a number of things in practice this week, including attitude, getting the whole team involved, making smarter decisions on offense and playing sharper and quicker on defense.

“We didn’t do anything special. We didn’t do anything we didn’t do last week, we just did things better,” Trujillo said.

Homer took a quick 5-0 lead on a two-point basket by Justin Smith and a 3-pointer from Luke Gilbert, but the Stars made up some ground at the foul line as Kelly Seggerman hit a pair of free throws and Brook Carver followed with a pair of technical foul shots that tied the game at 11 with 39 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Foul shooting would play a key role throughout the game as the Stars were 24-for-36 from the line while the Mariners went 9-for-20.

Homer regained the lead in the second quarter only to see the Stars tie the game on a 3-pointer by Daniel Hepner midway through the frame. The lead changed hands eight times from that point until Tony Besse sunk a pair of foul shots early in the fourth quarter to give the Stars the lead for good at 46-45.

With Homer forced to foul to stop the clock, Soldotna hit six of eight free throws in the final 1:45 to secure the win.

Trujillo said Homer might have been distracted by the eruptions from Augustine Volcano that closed schools on the southern Kenai Peninsula Friday and forced the cancellation of the Mariners’ game with Wasilla Friday night.

“They’re going to feel like some of that ash fell on them tonight — it was SoHi ash,” Trujillo said.

Seggerman led the Stars with 18 points, most of those coming from hard work down low, and Brian Blossom netted 15 points.

Trujillo also applauded the play of his guards, noting that Justin Smith disrupted the Stars offense when the teams played earlier this season.

“We did not shy away from physical play with their guards,” Trujillo said. “We tweaked our offense just a bit to free up our guards.”

Gilbert led the Mariners with 19 points while Smith netted 13, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds of the game.

Homer girls 44, Soldotna 43

The Mariners fended off a late Soldotna charge for the Northern Lights Conference win.

“It’s tough to beat SoHi here. It always has been,” said Homer coach Tim Daugharty.

Homer took an early 7-0 lead before the Stars were able to get some shots to fall. Paige Blackburn, shortly after entering the game, finally put the Stars on the scoreboard with 2:30 left in the first quarter, and scored seven of Soldotna’s first 10 points.

The Mariners put together a nine-point run late in the second quarter and led by seven, 29-22, at the half.

The Stars tied the game at 38 as Christa Kennedy scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, but that would be as close as the Soldotna would get as Claire Siekaniec responded with a two-point basket and the Mariners led the rest of the way — though Mikala Smith provided some drama as she hit a 3-pointer that brought the Stars to within a point in the closing seconds.

“I really liked the way they maintained their focus down the stretch,” Daugharty said of his team. “We could’ve lost focus, but we didn’t. We got some nice shots at the end, even though some of them didn’t fall.”

Kyla Creamer led the Mariners with 12 points and Allison Horazdovsky chipped in with 11.

Smith was Soldotna’s top scorer with 13 points.

“We know that we need to come out stronger. We didn’t come out strong enough,” said Soldotna’s Marlana McCown. “We were doing a lot of thinking but not a lot of working hard. We just need to learn to work hard from when we come out.”

McCown said the Stars’ improved defensive play after the first quarter was just a matter of working harder.

“We didn’t make any changes, but we did talk about working harder after the first quarter, and that got the team’s spirits up,” said McCown.

Girls

MARINERS 44, STARS 43

Homer 8 21 9 6 — 44

Soldotna 7 15 12 9 — 43

HOMER (44) — Bornheimer 2 1-2 5, Creamer 5 0-0 12, Horazdovsky 4 2-3 11, Gruber 0 0-0 0, Siekaniec 3 3-6 9, McKinstry 0 0-2 0, Temple 2 3-6 7. Totals — 16 9-19 44.

SOLDOTNA (43) — Smith 4 4-6 13, McCown 3 1-2 8, Kennedy 3 0-0 6, Stenga 1 0-2 2, Bell 0 0-1 0, Barker 1 0-0 3, Denna 2 0-0 4, Blackburn 3 1-2 7. Totals — 17 6-13 43.

3-point goals — Homer 3 (Creamer 2, Horazdovsky), Soldotna 3 (Smith, McCown, Barker). Total fouls — Homer 13, Soldotna 17. Fouled out— Blackburn.

Boys

STARS 60, MARINERS 54

Homer 13 11 19 11 — 54

Soldotna 13 16 15 16 — 60

HOMER (54) — Smith 5 1-1 13, Szymoniak 0 3-6 3, Andrews 1 1-2 4, Gilbert 7 3-6 19, McKinstry 0 0-0 0, Isenhour 0 0-0 0, Logan 2 0-0 4, Layland 2 1-5 5, Thompson 3 0-0 6, McWilliams 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 9-20 54.

SOLDOTNA (60) — Lybrand 0 0-2 0, Hepner 1 0-0 3, Jackson 0 0-3 0, Blossom 3 9-13 15, Martin 1 0-0 2, Besse 3 2-2 8, Newsome 0 0-2 0, Carver 0 6-6 6, Wilbanks 0 4-6 4, Chatham 2 0-0 4, Seggerman 7 3-4 18. Totals — 17 24-36 60.

3-point goals — Homer 5 (Gilbert 2, Smith 2, Andrews), Soldotna 2 (Hepner, Seggerman). Total fouls — Homer 25, Soldotna 20. Fouled out — Andrews, Gilbert. Technical fouls — McWilliams.

Dimond boys 73, Soldotna 42

The Lynx used a balanced scoring attack to overwhelm the Stars Friday at Soldotna.

Remy Martin paced Dimond with 16 points, while JC Snead had 11 points. For the Stars, Brian Blossom had 19 points while Kelly Seggerman added 12 points.

Friday boys

LYNX 73, STARS 42

Dimond 20 21 16 16 —73

Soldotna 14 12 11 5 —42

DIMOND (73) — Siah 3 0-0 9, Raquel 0 0-0 0, Melendez 0 0-1 0, Moran 2 0-0 4, Martin 5 5-7 16, Whilden 4 0-1 8, Lauwers 2 2-2 6, Rabung 1 0-1 2, Ore 4 1-2 9, Anderson 3 2-2 8, Snead 3 2-2 11. Totals — 27 10-16 73.

SOLDOTNA (42) — Lybrand 0 0-0 0, Hepner 1 0-0 2, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Blossom 6 3-3 19, Martin 0 0-0 0, Besse 2 1-2 5, Newsome 0 0-0 0, Carver 0 0-0 0, Wilbanks 2 0-0 4, Chatham 0 0-0 0, Seggerman 4 1-2 12. Totals — 15 5-7 42.

3-point goals — Dimond 7 (Siah 3, Snead 3, Martin 1); Soldotna 7 (Blossom 4, Seggerman 3). Team fouls — Dimond 9, Soldotna 15. Fouled out — none.



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