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Heritage, Soldotna each claim a win

Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2005

 

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  Soldotna's Ryan Hall takes an elbow from Heritage Christian's Zach Powers while chasing a rebound in the first half Friday at SoHi. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Soldotna's Tony Besse, right, and Heritage Christian's Jared Reando battle for a rebound in the first half Friday at SoHi.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Soldotna High School girls and boys basketball teams split a pair of nonconference blowouts against Heritage Christian Friday in Soldotna.

The Soldotna girls, after trailing 3-2 early in the first quarter, put together a 46-1 run en route to a 58-17 win.

The Soldotna boys found themselves on the opposite side of a lopsided score, losing 87-40 to an overpowering Eagles squad.

"Sometimes you lose and sometimes you get thumped. We just got thumped," said Soldotna boys coach Joe Trujillo. "We played the best team we've played all season long, and we didn't demonstrate the best we have."

The Stars fell behind early and never recovered, with perhaps their only highlight of night coming when Kelly Seggerman intercepted a Heritage inbounds pass and launched a buzzer-beater from halfcourt.

Seggerman scored 11 points to lead the Stars while Heritage had four players score in double-digits: Jared Reando with 18 points, Thomas Millar with 17, Trenton Millar with 15 and Lonnie Ridgeway with 14.

"We did a lot of good things, we just didn't put a string of them together," Trujillo said. "(Heritage) came in with size and speed and experience. Those guys could probably be in our region and give everybody more than they can handle.

"... We have to focus on the region wars ahead of us. We have to prove that we can bounce back and play with character."

Brittany Howard led the Soldotna girls with 12 points, and 12 different players scored points for the Stars.

 

Soldotna's Ryan Hall takes an elbow from Heritage Christian's Zach Powers while chasing a rebound in the first half Friday at SoHi.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

"(Heritage is) a pretty young team. They kind of remind me of where we were last year," said Soldotna girls coach Mark Tuter, alluding to last year's Stars team that went 0-10 in conference play.

The Stars held the Eagles to one point in the second quarter, and Heritage didn't score in the third quarter until Meriah Sutherland hit a basket and a foul shot for a three-point play, then made a steal and a quick layup, all with 10 seconds left in the frame.

Tuter said the challenge for the Stars was to continue to play at a high level even when the game was out of reach for the Eagles.

"We learn to stay focused and do the right things at the right time, and play hard even when it's easy to not play your hardest," Tuter said.

Girls

STARS 58, EAGLES 17

Heritage 3 1 5 8 — 17

Soldotna 15 15 18 10 — 58

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (17) — Stuart 1 0-2 2, Eck 0 0-0 0, San Martin 0 0-0 0, Larue 0 0-0 0, Sutherland 3 2-3 8, Andreason 0 0-0 0, Hanks 1 5-6 7, Hodgdon 0 0-2 0, Reando 0 0-0 0. Totals — 5 7-13 17.

SOLDOTNA (58) — Smith 1 0-0 3, McCown 1 0-0 3, Cleveland 2 1-2 6, Gardner 0 1-3 1, Kennedy 3 0-0 6, Stenga 2 3-3 7, Wilbanks 4 0-0 8, Howard 4 2-2 12, Bell 1 2-2 4, Barker 1 1-2 3, Marey 0 0-2 0, Denna 1 1-2 3, Blackburn 1 0-0 2. Totals — 21 11-18 58.

3-point goals — Soldotna 5 (Howard 2, Smith, McCown, Cleveland). Total fouls — Heritage 14, Soldotna 15. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Hanks.

Boys

EAGLES 87, STARS 40

Heritage 24 33 18 12 — 87

Soldotna 9 8 12 11 — 40

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (87) — M. Millar 1 0-0 3, Thies 0 0-0 0, Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Tr. Millar 5 4-4 15, Hanks 2 0-0 4, Powers 0 0-0 0, Th. Millar 7 2-2 17, Webb 4 0-0 8, Ridgeway 7 0-0 14, Brady 0 0-0 0, Kauffman 2 3-6 8, Reando 8 2-3 18. Totals — 36 11-15 87.

SOLDOTNA (40) — Turnbull 1 0-1 2, Harp 1 0-0 3, Hilbish 0 0-0 0, Hall 2 2-4 7, Besse 1 0-2 2, Roberts 1 0-2 2, Spindler 2 0-0 5, Hicks 2 2-2 6, Seggerman 5 0-0 11, Pfaffe 1 0-0 2. Totals — 16 4-10 40.

3-point goals — Heritage 4 (M. Millar, Tr. Millar, Th. Millar, Kauffman), Soldotna 4 (Harp, Hall, Spindler, Seggerman). Total fouls — Heritage 10, Soldotna 12. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Hall.



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