Skyview's Allison Fay passes the ball around Homer's Kailee Pollack in the first half Friday.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
The Skyview High School boys basketball team picked up a big Northern Lights Conference win over Homer Friday in its final home game of the season while the Homer girls spoiled the Skyview girls' senior night with a runaway victory.
"It was a good game. I'm proud of the way my guys hung in there defense won it for us," said Skyview boys coach Dave Blossom after his squad posted a 53-47 win.
Blossom added that it was fitting to see his four seniors William Van Hoose, Zack Rowell, Aaron Singleton and Bobby Hering make some big contributions in the final home game of their high school careers.
The Panthers opened fast, jumping out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter of play. With the Mariners playing a zone defense to contain Skyview's Brian Blossom, the Panthers showed patience and were able to work the ball down low for good looks at the basket.
Homer's defense stiffened in the second quarter, though, and the Mariners pulled to within a point, 27-26, by halftime.
"We adjusted to control Brian (Blossom), and it actually worked pretty well," said Homer coach Steve Smith, explaining why the Mariners didn't play their usual man-to-man defense.
The Mariners took their first lead since scoring the first basket of the game when Justin Smith hit a pair of free throws 12 seconds into the third quarter, and Homer led by as many as five points in the frame.
Skyview closed the quarter with a 6-2 run to pull to within a point, 41-40, and Greg Bosick grabbed a rebound, dribbled the length of the floor and laid it up and in for two points to give the Panthers the lead for good.
"Usually at halftime when it's close, coach will drag us into the locker room and say, 'Basics,'" said Rowell of his team's ability to refocus in the second half. "Then in the fourth quarter, everyone should know it's Skyview's quarter."
Skyview opened up a five-point lead, 50-45, when Hering made a pretty feed to Blossom for an easy layup with 2:10 left to play.
"At the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter, we weren't patient. When we went back to our patient, methodical offense, we got good looks," Dave Blossom said, crediting Van Hoose and Jeff Dolifka with finding open teammates with some nice passes.
On its next possession, Skyview went into a stall offense and ran 1:05 off the clock before Homer fouled, sending Blossom to the line. The Mariners were able to get one more basket, but ran out of time to get any closer.
"We had our opportunities," said Homer coach Steve Smith, citing several possessions at the end of the game that didn't result in points. "If any two or three of those six or seven shots go down, it would have been a different story."
Luke Gilbert led the Mariners with 17 points.
Blossom and Van Hoose each scored 11 for the Panthers while Rowell and Hering both finished with 10 points.
Rowell spread the credit for the win around.
"It's no one player that did it tonight. It was the whole team we passed the ball around and played good defense," Rowell said.
The Homer girls suffocated Skyview with their press, posting a 56-34 win. The Mariners outscored the Panthers 17-2 in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
"It was really good to see them putting their hearts into it, hustling after everything," said Homer girls coach Megan Murphy. "The intensity level was way up. That's what I love seeing. It's what they need to do every game."
Skyview's Melissa Fay gets a shot past Homer's Kayla Creamer in the first half Friday at Skyview High School.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Bailey Lowney led the Mariners with 12 points and Claire Siekaniec netted 11 as the Homer press created turnover after turnover, leading to plenty of opportunities on offense.
"That was our plan, real intense defense, and hopefully that would carry over to offense," Lowney said. "A lot of younger players stepped up, too."
Lowney said she was happy to see the team pull together after a rough week.
"We all decided to just come together, let it all pass and just be a team," Lowney said.
Cassie Dreifuerst, Anna Blake and Allison Fay each scored five points for the Panthers.
Dreifuerst, Laura Smith and Chistina Shadura were playing in their final home game for the Panthers.
The Mariners play NLC games against Soldotna and Kenai at Homer next weekend while the Panthers will visit Kenai Central Friday and finish against Soldotna March 11.
MARINERS 56, PANTHERS 34
Homer 13 15 18 10 56
Skyview 2 9 7 16 34
HOMER (34) Bornheimer 0 0-0 0, Gruber 1 0-0 2, Pollack 2 2-4 6, Creamer 2 0-0 5, Conley 0 0-0 0, Luebbert 0 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 2 1-2 4, McKinstry 3 1-2 7, Siekaniec 5 1-4 9, Lowney 3 5-6 12, Temple 3 3-3 9. Totals 20 13-21 56.
SKYVIEW (34) Heffner 0 0-0 0, M. Fay 1 1-2 3, Van Ryzin 0 2-4 2, Dreifuerst 2 1-2 5, Blake 2 1-1 5, Smith 1 1-2 4, Shadura 3 4-8 10, A. Fay 0 5-6 5. Totals 9 15-25 34.
3-point goals Homer 1 (Creamer), Skyview 1 (Smith). Total fouls Homer 22, Skyview 15. Fouled out Bornheimer, Blake.
PANTHERS 53, MARINERS 47
Homer 8 18 15 6 47
Skyview 17 10 13 13 53
HOMER (47) Ju. Smith 0 3-4 3, Taylor 4 0-0 8, Gilbert 8 0-0 17, Isenhour 0 0-0 0, Trowbridge 2 3-5 7, Ja. Smith 3 1-2 7, Thompson 1 0-0 2, McWilliams 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 8-13 47.
SKYVIEW (53) Van Hoose 5 0-0 11, Rowell 3 2-4 10, Dolifka 3 2-4 10, Bosick 3 0-5 6, B. Blossom 4 2-4 11, Singleton 1 0-0 2, Hering 5 0-0 10. Totals 21 7-22 53.
3-point goals Homer 1 (Gilbert), Skyview 4 (Rowell 2, Van Hoose, B. Blossom). Fouled out none.
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