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Wasilla's defense too much for SoHi

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2005

 

  Soldotna's Kelly Seggerman shoots over Wasilla's Matt Crane in the first quarter Friday. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Soldotna's Kelly Seggerman shoots over Wasilla's Matt Crane in the first quarter Friday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Wasilla girls and boys basketball teams used steady defense to sweep Soldotna Friday in a pair of Northern Lights Conference matchups.

The Wasilla girls, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, topped the Stars 48-30 to improve to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference. The Warriors put constant pressure on the ball during the game and the Stars (10-8 overall, 4-2 in conference) committed 28 turnovers and shot 24 percent from the floor.

The Wasilla boys defeated Soldotna 58-38 to improve to 11-8 overall and 7-0 in the conference. The Warriors were able to consistently disrupt Soldotna's offense in the game and held the Stars (8-10 overall, 2-4 in conference) to 25 points in the final three quarters. Soldotna had 30 turnovers in the game.

In the girls game, the ability of the guards on both teams to create pressure led to many uneven performances. About the only two people in the game able to make offensive headway were Wasilla frontcourt players Anne Wesser and Megan Stearman. The two combined to outscore Soldotna — with Stearman netting 19 points and Wesser dumping in 14.

The Stars were able to stick with the Warriors for a while. With 2:43 left in the half, Kaylee Wilbanks, who led Soldotna with nine points, had a layup to cut Soldotna's deficit to 23-17. From there, the Warriors went on a 15-2 run that ended on a layup by Stearman with 3:12 left in the third quarter.

In the third quarter, Soldotna was 1-of-12 from the floor and committed 12 turnovers in an offensive effort that eliminated any chance of them keeping up with the Warriors.

"Our players have been bringing defensive pressure all year," said Wasilla coach Jeannie Hebert-Truax. "Today, we did a good job pressuring on the inside and the outside."

Soldotna coach Mark Tuter said it's hard to duplicate the pressure Wasilla puts on the ball in practice. That said, he said his team got some good looks at the basket that just were not falling.

"Part of that was their defense and part of that was playing the No. 2 team in the state," Tuter said. "The only way we'll get used to that level of basketball is by playing teams like this.

"It was a nice learning experience, if we take care of the rest of our games."

On the bright side, Tuter said his squad played some pretty good defense of its own. In the second half, the Warriors shot just 33 percent from the floor and committed 15 turnovers. Tuter said a lot of the problems on defense came in the first half, when Wasilla's press forced multiple turnovers that led to easy baskets.

"When we were able to get down there and set up, we did a pretty good job stopping them," Tuter said.

He also thought Wilbanks did a good job underneath.

Wasilla boys 58, Soldotna 38

The Warriors showed they were ready to go from the opening tip, jumping out to a 9-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, Soldotna jumped right back into the game with a 9-2 run that ended when a layup by Kelly Seggerman made it 15-13 with 13 seconds to play in the first quarter.

"We gave up a lot of size and experience to them," Soldotna coach Joe Trujillo said of the Warriors, who list five players at 6-foot-4 or taller on their roster. "They spread the floor well. For us to be able to defend them, we had to play with a lot of intensity.

"Tonight, we had problems maintaining our intensity."

After Seggerman's layup cut the Wasilla lead to two, the Warriors responded with a 10-0 run that made the score 25-14 with 3:18 left until the half.

Soldotna would get no closer than eight points the rest of the game thanks to a stifling defensive effort by the Warriors.

At the center of that effort was 6-7 senior Luke Schafer. Soldotna had fits trying to get the ball into 6-4 senior center Matt Hicks due to the defense of Schafer. Many times, a failed entry pass would create a turnover and the Warriors would be off to the races.

"Luke is a defensive monster," Wasilla coach Jason Marvel said. "He doesn't always get a lot of points, but he always plays good defense and rebounds. As most coaches will tell you, those are the most important things."

Schafer had just five points in the game, but a well-balanced Wasilla attack led by Jesse Bean's 13 points and Dustin Bragg's 10 points assured the Warriors had more than enough points to win the game.

Ryan Hall's 10 points paced the Stars.

Soldotna girls 41, Kodiak 29

After playing to an 8-all tie in the first quarter, the host Stars pulled away from the Bears Saturday for a conference win.

Brittany Howard paced Soldotna with 10 points.

Kodiak boys 39, Soldotna 38

The visiting Bears edged the Stars in a conference matchup Saturday. Ryan Hall led the Stars with 16 points.

Friday girls

WARRIORS 48, STARS 30

Wasilla 19 13 10 6 —48

Soldotna 7 12 4 7 —30

WASILLA (48) — Semler 1 2-2 4, A. Wesser 7 0-1 14, J. Brown 0 2-3 2, Putnam 1 1-2 3, A. Brown 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Stearman 9 1-8 19, L. Wesser 1 0-0 2, Carter 1 0-0 2. Totals — 21 6-16 48.

SOLDOTNA (30) — Smith 3 0-0 8, McCown 2 1-1 5, Cleveland 0 0-2 0, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Gardner 0 0-0 0, Stenga 1 0-0 2, Wilbanks 4 1-2 9, Howard 1 0-0 2, Bell 1 0-0 2, Marey 0 0-0 0, Denna 0 2-4 2. Totals — 12 4-9 30.

3-point goals — Soldotna 2 (Smith 2). Total fouls — Wasilla 8, Soldotna 15. Fouled out — none.

Saturday girls

STARS 41, BEARS 29

Kodiak 8 4 11 6 —29

Soldotna 8 11 17 15 —41

KODIAK (29) — Filburn 0 0-0 0, Yamat 1 1-3 3, Poulos 0 0-0 0, Quass 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Keegan 7 2-4 16, E. Horn 0 0-0 0, Nault 1 1-2 3, A. Horn 0 0-0 0, Timpke 2 1-2 5, Odell 0 0-4 0, Ball 0 0-0 0. Totals — 12 5-15 29.

SOLDOTNA (41) — Smith 3 3-5 9, McCown 2 0-0 5, Cleveland 1 0-0 2, Gardner 0 0-0 0, Madden 0 0-0 0, Stenga 2 2-5 6, Lindley 0 0-0 0, Howard 5 0-0 10, Bell 1 0-0 2, Barker 1-2 3, Marey 1 0-0 2, Denna 1 0-0 2, Blackburn 0 0-0 0, Sanchez 0 0-1 0. Totals — 17 6-13 41.

3-point goals — Soldotna 1 (McCown 1). Total fouls — Kodiak 16, Soldotna 17. Fouled out — Keegan, Odell.

Friday boys

WARRIORS 58, STARS 38

Wasilla 17 12 16 13 —58

Soldotna 13 7 9 9 —38

WASILLA (58) — Bean 6 0-0 13, Hobbs 1 0-0 2, Pahkala 0 0-0 0, Champion 4 0-0 9, Briceland 1 0-0 2, Collins 1 0-0 2, Troshynski 0 0-0 0, S. Schafer 3 1-2 7, Crane 4 2-2 10, L. Schafer 2 1-2 5, Bragg 4 0-0 8. Totals — 26 4-6 58.

SOLDOTNA (38) — Turnbull 0 0-0 0, Harp 2 0-0 5, Hilbish 0 0-0 0, Hall 4 2-3 10, Besse 2 0-0 4, Carver 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0, Spindler 1 4-5 6, Hicks 4 0-0 8, Seggerman 2 1-2 5, Wilbanks 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 7-10 38.

3-point goals — Wasilla 2 (Bean 1, Champion 1); Soldotna 1 (Harp 1). Total fouls — Wasilla 10, Soldotna 8. Fouled out — none.

Saturday boys

BEARS 39, STARS 38

Kodiak 8 16 6 9 —39

Soldotna 11 9 10 8 —38

KODIAK (39) — Ngeunhahak 0 0-0 0, Catt 1 0-2 2, Buenaluz 0 0-0 0, Doctolero 0 0-0 0, Johnson 3 1-2 9, Thomas 2 0-0 4, Putney 4 0-0 10, Sweeney 0 0-0 0, Keplinger 4 6-8 16. Totals — 14 7-12 39.

SOLDOTNA (38) — Turnbull 0 0-0 0, Harp 1 1-1 3, Hall 6 1-3 16, Besse 2 0-0 4, Roberts 0 1-2 1, Spindler 2 0-1 4, Hicks 2 0-0 4, Seggerman 3 0-2 6. Totals — 16 3-9 38.

3-point goals — Kodiak 4 (Johnson 2, Putney 2); Soldotna 1 (Hall 1). Total fouls — Kodiak 16, Soldotna 13. Fouled out — none.



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