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Wasilla snaps Stars' 19-game win streak

Warriors blow past SoHi girls

Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2003

All things being equal, somebody still had to lose.

A matchup between the only two girls teams remaining in the state that hadn't lost to another Alaska team meant that one would have to relinquish that distinction.

On this night, however, Wasilla was the better team, beating the Stars 64-49 to move to 8-0 in the region and 18-2 overall. Soldotna fell to 6-1 in the region and 19-1 overall.

"They're a fast team and they played a fast-paced game," said Soldotna senior Amy Breakfield, who scored six points on the night coming off the bench. "We were going to run with them."

And run the Stars did. Just not enough, as the Warriors' trio of speedy guards held the Soldotna starting backcourt to just nine points while Trista White and Chandice Cronk combined for 29 points for Wasilla.

"This is the first time this year we've had to play at that level of intensity," said Soldotna coach Mark Tuter.

After a first quarter that featured an early showing of Wasilla's fullcourt press and zone-busting 3-pointers, the Warriors settled in to fend off Soldotna's attack. But that attack never quite materialized, as the Stars were unable to capitalize on many of the looks they got from picking and screening Wasilla defenders.

"If we had shot better, we would have been a lot closer at the end," Tuter said, pointing out that his team went 14 for 24 from the foul line. "We needed to break the press more. When we did early on, we couldn't get our shots to fall."

Key points were missing from guards Jennifer Senette and Erin Wolfe, who scored four and five points, respectively, after putting up 15 and 12 in a win over Houston the night before. Wolfe took eight shots in the first half and hit only two buckets -- one a trey -- and fouled out early in the fourth.

The first period ended with Soldotna down by seven points, when the Warriors began to crank up their defensive intensity. The Stars showed their best effort of the evening, matching Wasilla point for point through the second period and stifling any further advance of the point differential.

And the Soldotna defense was beginning to slow down the Warriors going into the intermission, with Wasilla hitting only two of their final eight shots from the field. The half closed with the same seven-point margin, but glove-tight defense from White, and Cronk and Wasilla forward Erika Lund kept the Stars off balance.

"Wasilla has some talented players," Tuter said. "You try to take away certain things, but their outside shooting is just really good."

Cronk had 21 points on the night, including hitting one of two treys from 25 feet out. White and guard Kelly Tompkins each contributed two 3-pointers, as well.

Soldotna forward Hillary Zobeck scored 12 points on the evening, while center Rachel Besse scored 20 points and added two steals and nine rebounds, before fouling out in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. As the pace picked up, she had to defend more open shots from Wasilla's 6-foot forward, Marsha Schirack, who also closed with 20 points.

"They put Schirack out in the corner and made us play man-to-man," Tuter said.

As the game came to a close, Soldotna missed more and more shots, as if, as one fan speculated, "there was an invisible lid on the basket." The team hit only 4 of 12 field goals in the third period and only 3 of 10 in the fourth.

Both Tuter and Breakfield said the team played well in spite of the loss, and both looked toward improving for a potential meeting two weeks away in the Region III Tournament in Homer.

"We played a pretty good game," Breakfield said. "Of course, there's stuff we could improve on like not making silly fouls or stupid turnovers. We should see them again."

And Tutor's opinion?

"I thought we played well overall," he said. "You hope we're going to see them again. Next time, we'll want to play all 32 minutes with the same kind of intensity and not get tired of doing the right things."

He said the right things included better rebounding, beating Wasilla's press, inbounding the ball and hitting shots.

"But I'm not disappointed with them," he said.

Wasilla boys 75, Soldotna 16

The Soldotna boys basketball team was severely outmatched Saturday evening, losing to No. 1-ranked Wasilla. The Warriors, undefeated in state play, featured a 7-footer and a forwards well eclipsing 6 feet.

Soldotna coach Bill Withrow said the team met its goals in the defensive and rebounding department, managing to grab steals and boards away from Wasilla's titans in the middle. But he said, in spite of a surprise 11-point run in the first period, his team didn't meet expectations in scoring.

Soldotna girls 73, Houston 40

The Soldotna girls basketball team left Houston seeing Stars Friday night. Rachel Besse led all scoring with 27 points.

Soldotna boys 63, Houston 57

Caleb Sizemore led the Soldotna boys to a victory over Houston Friday night, beating the Hawks 63-57.

Sizemore logged four 3-point buckets en route to a 20-point game.

WARRIORS 64, STARS 49

Wasilla 20 17 14 13 --64

Soldotna 13 17 10 9 -- 49

WASILLA (64) -- Haley 1 0-0 3, Brown 0 0-0 0, Tompkins 2 0-0 6, Bulawa 0 0-0 0, Schirack 6 8-12 20, White 3 0-0 8, Lund 2 2-3 6, Cronk 7 5-5 21, Stearman 0 0-0 0, Wessor 0 0-0 0, Mayse 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 15-20 64.

SOLDOTNA (49) -- Senette 0 4-5 4, Wolfe 2 0-1 5, Christensen 0 0-0 0, Foster 0 0-0 0, Besse 8 4-6 20, Syverson 1 0-0 2, Howard 0 0-0 0, Needs 0 0-0 0, Denna 0 0-0 0, Zobeck 4 4-6 12, Jones 0 0-0 0, Hartman 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 17 14-24 49.

3-point goals -- Wasilla 7 (Cronk 2, White 2, Tompkins 2, Haley), Soldotna 1 (Wolfe). Total fouls -- Wasilla 17, Soldotna 17. Fouled out -- Besse, Wolfe.

WARRIORS 75, STARS 16

Wasilla 24 14 19 18 -- 75

Soldotna 11 1 4 0 -- 16

WASILLA (75) -- Schierman 7 0-2 16, Bailey 5 0-0 11, Ruth 4 0-1 9, Champion 0 0-0 0, Gray 1 0-0 2, Cunningham 0 0-0 0, Furman 3 1-2 8, Crane 1 0-1 2, L. Schafer 4 1-3 9, Heibel 3 0-3 6, R. Schafer 5 2-2 12. Totals -- 33 4-14 75.

SOLDOTNA (16) -- Stone 0 0-0 0, Baker 1 0-0 2, Spindler 0 0-2 0, Michal 0 0-2 0, Horn 0 0-0 0, Chase 0 0-0 0, Sizemore 0 0-3 0, Hall 1 0-2 2, Gomuluk 0 0-0 0, Horwath 4 0-0 9, Simpson 0 0-0 0, Hicks 1 1-2 3. Totals -- 7 1-11 16.

3-point goals -- Wasilla 5 (Schierman 2, Bailey, Ruth, Furman), Soldotna 1 (Horwath). Total fouls -- Wasilla 13, Soldotna 15. Fouled out -- none.

STARS 73, HAWKS 40

Houston 10 11 9 10 -- 40

Soldotna 11 21 20 21 -- 73

HOUSTON (40) -- Tresham 3 0-0 6, Lapham 1 0-0 2, Wood 1 0-0 2, Harvey 5 0-2 10, Dixon 0 1-2 1, Pudwill 4 3-7 11, Conn 2 0-0 4, Bushney 1 2-2 4. Totals 17 6-13 40.

SOLDOTNA (73) -- Senette 6 0-0 15, Wolfe 5 0-0 12, Christensen 3 0-0 8, Foster 0 0-0 0, Besse 13 1-4 27, Oldring 0 0-0 0, Syverson 0 0-0 0, Howard 1 0-0 3, Needs 0 0-0 0, Denna 0 0-2 0, Zobeck 4 0-0 8, Breakfield 0 0-0 0, Marinkovski 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Hartman 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 32 1-6 73.

3-point goals -- Soldotna 8 (Senette 3, Wolfe 2, Christensen 2, Howard). Total fouls -- Houston 8, Soldotna 13. Fouled out -- none.

STARS 63, HAWKS 57

Houston 14 13 8 22 -- 57

Soldotna 16 10 16 21 -- 63

HOUSTON (57) -- Veit 1 0-0 2, Webb 4 1-4 9, Taylor 4 2-4 10, Conner 3 3-6 9, Sandidge 0 0-0 0, Collins 0 0-0 0, Warner 0 0-0 0, Clemens 3 9-11 15, Torino 2 0-2 5, Rosas 0 0-0 0, Edwards 3 0-0 7. Totals -- 20 15-27 57.

SOLDOTNA (63) -- Stone 0 6-6 6, Baker 2 0-0 5, Spindler 0 0-0 0, Michal 5 1-2 12, Horn 1 0-0 2, Chase 0 0-0 0, Sizemore 8 0-4 20, Hall 0 0-0 0, Horwath 0 2-2 2, Gomulak 0 0-0 0, Simpson 3 2-2 10, Hicks 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 22 11-16 63.

3-point goals -- Houston 2 (Torino, Edwards), Soldotna 8 (Sizemore 4, Simpson 2, Michal, Baker). Total fouls -- Houston 13, Soldotna 20. Fouled out -- none.



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