SoHi cagers sweep Skyview

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2006

 

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  Soldotna's Shelly Barker takes a shot over Skyview's Chelsea Martin during Friday┐s game at Skyview. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Skyview's Allison Fay (34) and Anna Blake (23) pressure Soldotnas Paige Blackburn Friday at Skyview.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Soldotna High School basketball teams spoiled Skyview’s senior night festivities Friday, sweeping a pair of Northern Lights Conference games at Skyview High School.

In the girls game, Mikala Smith hit a long jumper on the opening shot of the game and the Stars cruised from there, notching a 71-56 win.

In the boys game, Soldotna came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Panthers 48-43.

“Our offense was on the whole game,” Smith said of the girls win. “We ran everything good. We kept passing it, and everything seemed to go in.”

Indeed, the Stars were able to work the ball in to players making cuts to the basket, and those cutters frequently found themselves with open looks at the basket.

Soldotna also was tough at the defensive end, disrupting the Panthers’ offense by jumping in every open passing lane.

“Our defense helped a lot. We picked up a lot of steals,” Smith said.

The game was tight through the first quarter and the Panthers were within two points of the Stars when Allison Fay hit for two points in the middle of the second quarter to make the score 23-21.

 

Soldotna's Shelly Barker takes a shot over Skyview's Chelsea Martin during Fridays game at Skyview.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Stars answered with a 3-pointer by Christa Kennedy, though, and finished out the half on a 17-4 run.

The Stars put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Skyview 29-7 in the frame. Smith led the Stars with 21 points while Liz Denna finished with 12 and Paige Blackburn netted 10.

Shelley Heffner led Skyview with 23 points, though 18 of those came against Soldotna’s reserves in the fourth quarter.

Heffner did give the crowd a reason to cheer late in the game when she was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with 18 seconds to play. The basket was good and Heffner hit her foul shot to complete a four-point play.

Allison Fay finished with 12 points for the Panthers.

Smith said the Stars had been working hard on getting everyone on the same page on offense.

“It was just our normal offense, just everything hit,” Smith said. “We worked real well as a team.”

Soldotna boys 48, Skyview 43

Jeff Dolifka hit a nifty reverse layup to open the fourth quarter, giving Skyview a 36-29 lead, but the Stars went 6-for-7 from the foul line in the final minute to pull out the win.

The Stars took their first lead of the quarter, 40-39, with 2:39 left to play on a basket from Kelley Seggerman, then came up with a steal and turned it into two points on a drive by Seggerman.

The Panthers were unable to convert on their next opportunity, and the Stars were able to run more than a minute off the clock, then hit their foul shots to seal the win.

Seggerman finished with 23 points to lead the Stars while tony Besse scored 12 and Brian Blossom finished with 10.

Greg Bosick scored 14 and Rich Shirnberg and Jeff Dolifka each scored 10 for the Panthers.

“What I told the kids is that game like that reveals their character,” said Soldotna coach Joe Trujillo. “We are not a team that is going to fold. In fact, they seem to play better when the chips are down.”

The game was tied at seven after the first quarter and Skyview led 24-20 at the half. Soldotna tied the game midway through the third quarter before the Panthers were able to put together a 7-2 run to end the frame.

“This game was going to start and end with good defense,” Trujillo said. “Skyview was fired up. Their senior night really got them going. They were positively charged. I can see why they’ve been in every game.”

Homer girls 54, Skyview 45

The host Mariners picked up a Northern Lights Conference victory Saturday.

Claire Siekaniec paced Homer with 15 points, while Reba Temple had 14 points and Kayla Creamer added 10 points. Shelley Heffner paced Skyview with 14 points, while Nicole VanRyzin added 13 points.

Homer boys 58, Skyview 42

Luke Gilbert poured in 31 points Saturday as the host Mariners pocketed a Northern Lights Conference victory.

Taylor Layland added 11 points for Homer, while Greg Bosick paced Skyview with 15 points.

Friday Girls

STARS 71, PANTHERS 58

Soldotna 16 22 29 4 — 71

Skyview 12 13 7 24 — 56

SOLDOTNA (71) — Smith 7 5-6 21, Jes. Stenga 0 0-0 0, Cleveland 0 0-0 0, Heffner 0 0-1 0, Kennedy 4 0-0 9, Donaldson 0 0-0 0, Jen. 3 3-4 9, Marey 0 0-0 0, Lindley 0 0-0 0, Bell 1 0-0 2, Barker 3 2-2 8, Denna 6 0-0 12, Blackburn 4 2-2 10, Madden 0 0-0 0. Totals — 28 12-15 71.

SKYVIEW (58) — Heffner 6 10-13 23, Meyer 1 0-0 2, Martin 0 0-0 0, M. Fay 2 0-0 5, VanRyzin 1 2-2 4, Mercier 1 0-2 2, Blake 3 2-3 8, A. Fay 6 0-2 12. Totals — 20 14-22 56.

3-point goals — Soldotna 3 (Smith 2, Kennedy), Skyview 2 (Heffner, M. Fay). Total fouls — Soldotna 18, Skyview 10. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Skyview coach (Marcuson).

Friday Boys

STARS 48, PANTHERS 43

Soldotna 7 13 9 19 — 48

Skyview 7 17 10 9 — 43

SOLDOTNA (48) — Lybrand 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Bri. Blossom 2 6-7 10, Besse 3 6-8 12, Carver 1 0-0 2, Roberts 0 1-2 1, Wilbanks 0 0-0 0, Seggerman 9 3-4 23, Bra. Blossom 0 0-0 0, Shelton 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 16-21 48.

SKYVIEW (43) — West 0 0-0 0, Merritt 1 0-0 2, Dolifka 5 0-2 10, Rodgers 0 0-0 0, McMilan 2 2-4 6, Duke 2 0-0 5, Bosick 4 2-3 14, D. Blossom 0 0-0 0, Bellinger 0 0-0 0, Shirnberg 4 2-6 10. Totals — 18 6-15 43.

3-point goals — Soldotna 2 (Seggerman 2), Skyview 5 (Bosick 4, Duke). Total fouls — Soldotna 15, Skyview 19. Fouled out — none.

Saturday girls

MARINERS 54, PANTHERS 45

Skyview 13 11 14 7 —45

Homer 10 14 13 17 —54

SKYVIEW (45) — Heffner 6 2-2 14, Martin 0 0-0 0, M. Fay 1 3-5 5, VanRyzin 6 0-2 13, Blake 2 0-0 4, A. Fay 2 5-6 9. Totals — 17 10-15 45.

HOMER (54) — Bornheimer 1 0-0 2, McCarron 0 0-0 0, Creamer 5 0-0 10, Arno 0 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 1 3-4 5, Gruber 0 0-0 0, Siekaniec 4 7-10 15, McKinstry 3 2-11 8, Temple 5 4-8 14. Totals — 19 16-33 54.

3-point goals — Skyview 1 (VanRyzin 1). Team fouls — Skyview 24, Homer 17. Fouled out — Blake, A. Fay, Bornheimer.

Saturday boys

MARINERS 58, PANTHERS 42

Skyview 16 5 15 6 —42

Homer 16 13 12 17 —58

SKYVIEW (42) — Merritt 1 0-2 2, Dolifka 4 0-0 8, Rodgers 1 0-0 3, McMilin 2 0-1 4, Bosick 4 4-5 15, Blossom 0 0-0 0, Bellinger 0 0-0 0, Shirnberg 3 3-5 9. Totals — 12 8-15 42.

HOMER (58) — Smith 1 4-4 6, Szymoniak 0 0-0 0, Gilbert 13 1-4 31, McKinstry 2 0-0 4, Isenhour 2 0-0 4, Logan 0 0-0 0, Layland 5 1-2 11, Thompson 1 0-0 2, McWilliams 0 0-0 0. Totals — 24 6-10 58.

3-point goals — Skyview 4 (Bosick 3, Rodgers 1); Homer 4 (Gilbert 4). Team fouls — Skyview 11, Homer 18. Fouled out — none.



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