SkyHi girls, Homer boys get victories

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

With less than 10 seconds to play and his team holding a three-point lead, Devon Kennelty had one thought.

"Defend against the 3-pointer," he said.

That's exactly what the 6-foot-7 center did along with his Homer boys basketball teammates as the Mariners came up with a defensive stop in the dying seconds of a 51-48 Northern Lights Conference victory Tuesday at Skyview.

The Panthers took possession at midcourt following a timeout at the nine-second mark, needing a 3-pointer to force overtime.

Albert White grabbed the inbounds pass, took a few dribbles and dumped the ball to Nick Symonds at the edge of the 3-point line. Symonds tossed the ball to Nic Madrid, who got stuck in traffic, hesitated and threw the ball into the paint to DJ Diaz, who could do nothing but force up a shot with about two seconds to play.

The ball bounced off the rim, hit the floor and trickled toward the sideline as time expired.

White, who scored 12 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers, said the play was designed for either he, Madrid or Jordan Jones to take the shot, but it never developed.

"We had three options," he said.

It was a difficult loss for Skyview, coming off an overtime win on the road against Kodiak, and a much-needed win for Homer.

The Mariners are 1-4 in NLC play, as are the Panthers.

"A win on the road is big," Homer coach Mark Casseri said. "Skyview is a great team, they've got great guards and they posed some problems for us tonight."

It was a back-and-forth fourth quarter as the teams exchanged baskets as well as turnovers.

White hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to get Skyview within one at the six-minute mark and answered a Homer basket with another 3 on the next possession, making it 42-42 with 5:40 to play.

Madrid, who finished with a team-high 14 points, made a pair of free throws to give the Panthers a 46-44 lead at 3:41 after the squads exchanged baskets, but Kennelty scored on the next possession to even the score at 48.

After a timeout with 2:04 to play, Kennelty found a cutting Garet Moyer open in the paint, but Moyer missed the layup as well as a follow-up before losing the ball out of bounds.

A missed 3-pointer from the left baseline on the ensuing possession by Jones gave Homer the ball, and Heath Johnson hit a running layup to give the Mariners a 50-48 lead with 1:15 remaining.

Skyview committed two turnovers over the next 30 seconds, giving Homer possession with 38.7 seconds on the clock.

Moyer hit the front end of a one-and-one with 15.9 to play, but he missed the second. Jonathan Jester grabbed the offensive rebound, however, and was fouled. He missed the front end of his one-and-one, and after a scramble for the ball, Skyview earned possession down 51-48 with 12.7 to play.

Kennelty tallied a game-high 20 points, while Robin Glosser and Jester added 12 apiece.

Homer opened the game on a 10-0 run, but Skyview pulled within 10-6 and the squads exchanged baskets the rest of the way.

Neither team led by more than eight points over the final 24 minutes.

The Panthers will look to regroup against Palmer on Friday.

"We just talked about getting better and executing at the end of games, keeping our momentum and focusing on the success we've had," coach Jesse Settlemyer said.

Skyview girls 43, Homer 25

It wasn't the prettiest performance. It wasn't the most polished.

Yet it amounted to a Northern Lights Conference victory for the Skyview girls basketball team, and in a season of struggles, that's all that mattered to the Panthers on Tuesday night.

Skyview overcame 27 turnovers and 23 fouls on its home floor to earn a 43-25 victory over Homer.

The Panthers earned their second conference win of the season -- both against Homer -- while the Mariners remained winless in NLC play.

"Anytime you pick up a win, it feels good, especially for the kids," Skyview coach Eric Pomerleau said. "As coaches there are always things we want to improve on, but the kids have been working hard. They deserve it."

What was a 21-18 Skyview lead at halftime became a blowout in the second half thanks to Homer's inability to make free throws.

The Mariners finished 13-of-33 at the line and were 3-of-18 over the final 16 minutes, when they scored just seven points.

Briana Edens hit 3-of-13. Liz Needham was 0-for-4. Elissa Tutt was 3-of-6.

Two Skyview players fouled out -- Jaxon Hill and Caity Marang.

As Homer continued to miss free throws, Skyview made the plays it needed to preserve a wire-to-wire win.

"Everything isn't about wins and losses, that's not how we measure success," Pomerleau said. "It's about coming together and getting better as a team, but it feels good."

The Panthers, who opened with a full-court press on defense and returned to it throughout the contest, took a 15-4 lead thanks to nine Homer turnovers over the first eight minutes.

The Mariners' best quarter was the second, when they outscored Skyview 14-6, and the score was even at 18 just before halftime.

Stefany Malatesta scored 13 to lead Skyview, while Brittany Mercier added 11.

The Panthers host Palmer at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Soldotna girls 57, Nikiski 29

The Stars picked up a nonconference victory Tuesday over the visiting Bulldogs.

Soldotna boys 53, Nikiski 32

Tanner Fowler had 13 points and Cory Carver added 11 as the Stars notched a nonconference victory over the visiting Bulldogs Tuesday.

For the Bulldogs, Sam Taylor dumped in a game-high 18 points.

Ninilchik girls 42, Bristol Bay 34

Esther Ehlers pumped in 18 points as the Wolverines picked up a Peninsula Conference victory over the visiting Angels on Tuesday.

Ninilchik had an 18-16 lead at halftime and gradually expanded on that in the second half, taking a 29-24 lead after three quarters. Jessica Rogers added 12 points for Ninilchik, while Shaelene Holstrom paced Bristol Bay with 10 points.

Bristol Bay boys 40, Ninilchik 39

The Angels edged the host Wolverines in Peninsula Conference action Tuesday.

Ninilchik had a 21-19 lead at halftime, but Bristol Bay grabbed a 30-25 lead heading into the final eight minutes. The Angels' Jaxon Wassillie had 19 points, while Luke Wilson pitched in 13. For the Wolverines, Billy Riley had 13 points.

Tuesday girls

Wolverines 42, Angels 34

Bristol Bay 8 8 8 10 --34

Ninilchik 8 10 11 13 --42

BRISTOL BAY (34) -- B. Munk 2 0-2 5, Monsen 2 0-0 5, Balgs 0 4-8 4, S. Holstrom 3 4-6 10, K. Holstrom 3 4-6 10, Cook 2 0-2 4, A. Munk 2 0-0 4, Pacheco 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 12 8-18 34.

NINILCHIK (42) -- Bartolowits 2 0-0 4, Rogers 5 2-3 12, Kelson 0 0-0 0, Campbell 0 0-1 0, Ehlers 7 3-8 18, Martin 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 4-6 6. Totals -- 16 9-18 42.

3-point goals -- Bristol Bay 2 (B. Munk 1, Monsen 1); Ninilchik 1 (Ehlers 1). Team fouls -- Bristol Bay 18, Ninilchik 12. Fouled out -- Pacheco.

Panthers 43, Mariners 25

Homer 4 14 2 5 --25

Skyview 15 6 13 9 --43

HOMER (25) -- Oliver 1 0-0 2, Ketelle 0 1-2 1, Tutt 0 3-6 3, Needham 0 0-4 0, K. Edens 0 2-2 2, B. Edens 3 3-13 9, Hutt 3 0-2 6, Koplin 0 0-0 0, Mastolie 0 2-4 2. Totals - 7 11-33 25.

SKYVIEW (43) -- Hauptman 3 0-0 7, Hill 4 1-4 9, Mercier 4 3-6 11, Self, Malatesta, Bak 2 1-1 3.

Team fouls - Homer 16, Skyview 23. Fouled out - Hill, Marang, Ketelle.

Tuesday boys

Angels 40, Wolverines 39

Bristol Bay 7 12 11 10 --40

Ninilchik 10 11 4 14 --39

BRISTOL BAY (40) -- King 0 0-0 0, Zimin 0 0-0 0, Lind 0 0-0 0, Chukwuk 1 2-2 4, Rush 0 2-6 2, Aspelund 1 0-0 2, Wilson 4 5-7 13, Wassillie 6 7-9 19. Totals -- 12 16-24 40.

NINILCHIK (39) -- Riley 4 3-4 13, Klapak 2 0-0 5, Goins 2 2-2 6, Thorne 0 0-0 0, Bennett 3 1-4 7, Wheeler 2 2-2 6, Barber 0 0-0 0, Cooper 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 14 8-12 39.

3-point goals -- Ninilchik 3 (Riley 2, Klapak 1). Team fouls -- Bristol Bay 15, Ninilchik 17. Fouled out -- none.

Tuesday boys

Mariners 51, Panthers 48

Homer 12 12 14 13 --51

Skyview 13 11 12 12 --48

HOMER (51) -- Reutov 0 1-2 1, Johnson 2 0-2 4, Cotney 0 0-0 0, Reinert 0 0-0 0, Jester 4 4-5 12, Daugharty 0 0-0 0, Glosser 5 2-4 12, Wood 0 0-0 0, Kennelty 7 6-6 20, Moyer 0 2-3 2. Totals -- 18 17-22 51.

SKYVIEW (48) -- McNamara 0 0-2 0, Symonds 4 0-0 8, White 5 0-0 12, Jones 2 0-0 5, Madrid 4 6-6 14, McDonald 1 0-0 2, Diaz 3 3-4 9. Totals -- 18 11-14 48.

3-pointer field goals -- Skyview 3 (White 2, Jones). Team fouls -- Homer 12, Skyview 20. Fouled out -- McNamara.



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