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Soldotna boys, girls drop games to Palmer

Posted: Sunday, February 29, 2004

The Soldotna High School girls basketball team did its best to climb out of an early hole Saturday against the visiting Palmer Moose in a Region III/4A game at Soldotna.

Unfortunately for the Stars, every time they got close to the Moose, Palmer was able to put together a run to knock the Stars back a few steps en route to a 42-32 victory.

Also Saturday, the Palmer boys prevailed against Soldotna, taking a 68-28 tilt.

"We had trouble with their press. They switched it around a lot," said Soldotna's Brittany Howard of the Palmer girls' tough defense. "We'd make a couple baskets and they'd switch their press."

It took the Stars most of the first quarter to figure out the Moose's press the first time. Palmer opened the game with 11 straight points, nine of them on 3-pointers, before the Stars were able to get on the scoreboard 5:37 into the period on a basket by Liz Denna.

Soldotna's Marlana McCown opened the second quarter by draining a 3-pointer from the corner, and Kaylee Wilbanks followed with a two-point basket to cut Palmer's lead to four, 11-7, but the Moose threw another press at the Stars and took an 18-10 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Stars came out firing to start the second half as Howard hit for 3 and Mikala Smith followed with a layup, cutting Palmer's lead to three points, 18-15, but the Moose then rattled off eight straight points.

Soldotna entered the fourth quarter trailing 30-24, and Christa Kennedy cut the deficit to four to start the quarter, but Palmer put together yet another run, this one 10-1, to secure the win.

While Howard said she was disappointed in the number of turnovers committed by the Stars, she still sees signs of progress in a very young team.

"We have improved so much since the beginning of the year," Howard said. "Our games have been closer and closer. We're starting to really come together and play together. We're starting to get a little more confidence."

Howard said that comparing last year's team, which finished third at the state tournament, to this year's squad is tough, but she also knows that every great team starts somewhere, and last year's senior's took some knocks as freshmen and sophomores.

"We have to start over and get to the top again," Howard said. "It's going to take a lot of patience. It's hard to think about last year and the drop-off, but they had to start somewhere too."

McCown finished with 13 points to lead the Stars.

Alicia Berberich scored 14 and Emily Bolling netted 10 for the Moose.

Palmer boys 68, Soldotna 28

The Stars stayed close for a quarter, but the Moose shot well from the outside and were overpowering on the inside in a Region III/4A game at Soldotna.

Matt Hicks led the Stars with 10 points.

The Moose put four players in double-figures as Kurtis Devon scored 15 points, Stanley Ratcliff netted 12 and Charlie Bentti and Brandon Gaines each scored 11.

Girls

MOOSE 42, STARS 32

Palmer 11 7 12 12 42

Soldotna 2 8 14 8 32

PALMER (42) A. Berberich 6 0-2 14, L. Berberich 1 0-0 2, Cox 2 1-4 5, Hooker 2 0-0 5, Heck 0 0-0 0, Schuter 0 0-0 0, Bolling 4 2-2 10, Irvine 2 0-0 4, Houtle 1 0-0 2, Harmon 0 0-0 0, Lien 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 3-8 42.

SOLDOTNA (32) Smith 2 0-0 4, McCown 4 3-3 13, Kennedy 2 1-2 5, Stenga 0 0-0 0, Howard 2 1-2 6, Bell 0 0-0 0, Denna 1 0-0 2, Wilbanks 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 5-7 32.

3-point goals Palmer 3 (A. Berberich 2, Hooker), Soldotna 3 (McCown 2, Howard). Total fouls Palmer 7, Soldotna 11. Fouled out none.

MOOSE 68, STARS 28

Palmer 13 15 21 19 68

Soldotna 9 7 4 8 28

PALMER (68) Daly 0 0-0 0, Draughon 1 3-4 5, Bentti 4 2-4 11, Prins 2 1-2 6, Gaines 3 3-4 11, Weber 0 0-0 0, S. Ratcliff 4 4-8 12, W. Ratcliff 2 0-0 4, Doerr 0 2-2 2, Amuvae 1 0-0 2, Devon 7 1-1 15. Totals 24 16-25 68.

SOLDOTNA (28) Turnbull 0 0-0 0, Hepner 0 0-0 0, Hall 1 2-3 4, Spindler 1 0-2 3, Besse 0 0-2 0, Stone 1 0-0 3, Hicks 3 4-6 10, Seggerman 3 0-0 6, Roberts 1 0-1 2. Totals 10 6-14 28.

3-point goals Palmer 4 (Gaines 2, Bentti, Prins), Soldotna 2 (Spindler, Stone). Total fouls Palmer 12, Soldotna 15. Fouled out none.

Colony girls 56, Soldotna 24

The Colony girls blew past Soldotna Friday in a Region III/4A game at Soldotna.

Brittany Howard led the Stars with nine points.

Kristina Klapperich had 15 and Siena Locke had 13 for the Knights.

Colony boys 67, Soldotna 34

The Knights defeated the Stars Friday in a Region III/4A game at Soldotna.

Ryan Hall led the Stars with 16 points. Justin Schwartzbauer scored a game-high 19 points for the Knights.

Girls

KNIGHTS 56, STARS 24

Colony 27 15 11 3 56

Soldotna 6 4 4 10 24

COLONY (56) Joynt 0 0-0 0, Semler 0 0-0 0, Spoth 1 3-4 5, Hill 1 0-0 2, Locke 5 0-0 13, Pfile 0 0-0 0, Morris 3 1-2 7, Klapperich 7 0-0 15, Baldwin 3 0-0 6, Dault 3 2-4 8. Totals 23 6-10 56.

SOLDOTNA (24) Smith 1 0-2 2, McCown 3 0-0 7, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Stenga 0 0-0 0, Mills 0 0-0 0, Howard 3 1-2 9, Bell 0 0-0 0, Denna 0 0-0 0, Wilbanks 3 0-0 6. Totals 10 1-2 24.

3-point goals Colony 4 (Locke 3, Klapperich), Soldotna 3 (Howard 2, McCown). Total fouls Colony 4, Soldotna 10. Fouled out none.

KNIGHTS 67, STARS 34

Colony 13 21 17 16 67

Soldotna 6 5 14 9 34

COLONY (67) Registe 1 0-0 2, Benson 2 1-1 6, Magner 5 3-4 14, Schwartzbauer 8 3-5 19, Egger 2 0-0 4, Eriksson 1 0-0 2, Gray 1 2-2 5, Coffman 1 1-2 3, Cunningham 2 2-2 6, Creasey 1 0-0 2, Dobson 0 4-4 4. Totals 24 16-20 67.

SOLDOTNA (34) Turnbull 0 2-6 2, Chase 0 0-0 0, Hepner 0 0-0 0, Hall 5 5-6 16, Spindler 0 5-6 5, Besse 0 0-0 0, Stone 0 0-0 0, Hicks 3 2-6 8, Seggerman 1 1-2 3, Roberts 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 15-26 34.

3-point goals Colony 3 (Benson, Magner, Gray), Soldotna 1 (Hall). Total fouls Colony 18, Soldotna 16. Fouled out Hicks.



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