Homer girls, SoHi boys post wins

Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2005

 

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  Soldotna's Kaylee Wilbanks gets a shot off in the third quarter Friday in front of Homer's Reba Temple (34) and Kyenna McKinstry. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Homer's Reba Temple tries to wrest the ball from Soldotna's Brittany Howard in the first quarter Friday at Soldotna High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Soldotna High School boys and Homer High girls picked up big Northern Lights Conference victories Friday at Soldotna High School.

The Soldotna boys entered the fourth quarter with a nine-point lead and withstood a Homer rally to win 57-50.

The Soldotna girls kept things tight through the first half thanks to some tough defense, but their offense went cold in the second half as Homer pulled away for a 37-26 win.

"We just faded away in the second half," said Soldotna girls guard Marlana McCown. "If we had played like we did in the first half, we would have done pretty good. It would have been pretty close."

The Stars were playing without Christa Kennedy, who is sidelined for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. McCown said it's been difficult to adjust to playing without Kennedy this week, but that her teammates would keep on trying. The regular season concludes next weekend, and the Stars will host the conference tournament March 17-19.

"This next week, we're going to practice really hard looking forward to games next weekend," McCown said. "We're really going to focus on getting our defense down so we can hold them to fewer points and we don't have to score so much."

The Stars did play good defense against the Mariners. The game was tied at seven as both teams had trouble scoring in the first quarter, and the Stars trailed by a point, 13-12, at the half.

The Mariners closed the third quarter with a six-point run to take a 24-16 lead, though, and opened the fourth with six straight points for a 30-16 advantage.

Soldotna cut the deficit to six points, 30-24, with 1:20 remaining in the game, but the Mariners hit their free throws down the stretch to keep the Stars at bay.

Bailey Lowney went 11-for-12 from the foul line for the Mariners, including 6-for-6 in the fourth quarter. Allison Horazdovsky also scored 11 for the Mariners.

Brittany Howard led the Stars with nine points before fouling out with 1:04 left in the game while McCown finished with eight points.

Soldotna boys 57, Homer 50

The Soldotna boys got off to a fast start, taking a 32-21 lead by halftime as Ryan Hall hot the hot hand from the outside, scoring eight of his 12 points before the break, and Matt Hicks was dominant in the paint, scoring 10 of his team-high 17 points in the first half.

"We felt that we got the ball down low pretty good," said Soldotna's Kelly Seggerman. "Our last eight games that we've lost, we haven't had any offensive flow."

Seggerman said that against the Mariners, the Stars were able to get into a nice rhythm on offense, working the ball into the post and kicking it out to the perimeter when necessary.

"They're so big inside, and they're smart enough to keep pounding the ball inside to their big kids," said Homer boys coach Steve Smith.

The Mariners came charging back in the fourth quarter, though, feeding the ball inside to Jamey Smith.

"They kind of caught up. Their big guy, Smith, started heating up," said Seggerman.

Homer whittled Soldotna's lead all the way down to two points when Smith scored on a nice pick and roll play with 1:10 left in the game, making it 52-50.

Homer committed turnovers on its next two possessions, though, and when the Mariners were forced to foul to stop the clock, Soldotna's Tony Besse hit three of four foul shots in the closing minute to give the Stars some breathing room. Besse finished off the scoring with a breakaway layup with about five seconds to play, sealing the win.

"This is a crucial win," said Seggerman.

 

Soldotna's Kaylee Wilbanks gets a shot off in the third quarter Friday in front of Homer's Reba Temple (34) and Kyenna McKinstry.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Stars are shooting for one of the top two seeds in the NLC-South for the conference tournament, meaning they would be able to avoid a first-round matchup against North powers Colony or Wasilla.

Luke Gilbert finished with 16 points to lead the Mariners while Jamey Smith and Justin Smith each scored 10. However, both Gilbert and Jamey Smith left the game in the fourth quarter with knee injuries.

Homer girls 33, Kenai 28

The Homer Mariner girls basketball team held off Kenai to pick up a 33-28 Northern Lights Conference win Saturday at Homer.

Baily Lowney netted eight points to lead Homer, while Sam Navarre's nine paced Kenai.

Homer boys 41, Kenai 36

The injury-plagued Mariner boys were able to snatch a 41-36 Northern Lights Conference victory from visiting Kenai Saturday.

The Mariners used a big fourth quarter, where they outscored the Kardinals 16-7 to pull away for the win.

Justin Smith led Homer with 15 points, while Kenai was led by Austin McLeod's 11.

Girls

MARINERS 37, STARS 26

Homer 7 6 11 13 — 37

Soldotna 7 5 4 10 — 26

HOMER (37) — Pollack 1 1-2 3, Creamer 2 0-0 4, Conley 0 0-0 0, Luebbert 0 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 3 5-5 11, McKinstry 1 0-2 2, Siekaniec 0 0-0 0, Lowney 0 11-12 11, Temple 3 0-0 6. Totals — 10 17-20 37.

SOLDOTNA (26) — Smith 0 0-0 0, McCown 4 0-0 8, Cleveland 0 0-0 0, Stenga 2 1-2 5, Wilbanks 1 0-0 2, Howard 2 4-4 9, A. Marey 0 0-0 0, Denna 0 0-0 0, Blackburn 1 0-0 2. Totals — 10 5-6 26.

3-point goals — Soldotna 1 (Howard). Total fouls — Homer 9, Soldotna 15. Fouled out — Howard.

Boys

STARS 57, MARINERS 50

Homer 8 13 15 14 — 50

Soldotna 15 17 13 12 — 57

HOMER (50) — Ju. Smith 5 0-0 10, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Gilbert 7 0-0 16, Siekaniec 0 2-2 2, Isenhour 0 0-0 0, Trowbridge 1 0-1 2, Ja. Smith 4 2-5 10, Thompson 1 0-0 2, McWilliams 3 2-3 8. Totals — 21 6-11 50.

SOLDOTNA (57) — Turnbull 0 0-0 0, Harp 0 0-0 0, Hall 6 0-2 12, Besse 5 4-6 14, Carver 0 0-0 0, Roberts 1 2-2 4, Spindler 1 1-2 4, Hicks 7 3-5 17, Seggerman 3 0-1 6, Wilbanks 0 0-0 0. Totals — 23 10-18 57.

3-point goals — Homer 2 (Gilbert 2), Soldotna 1 (Spindler). Total fouls — Homer 14, Soldotna 13. Fouled out — none.

Girls

MARINERS 33, KARDINALS 28

Homer 6 8 11 8 — 33

Kenai 6 5 6 11 — 28

HOMER (33) — Bornheimer 2 0-1 4, Gruber 0 0-0 0, Pollack 0 3-5 3, Creamer 2 0-0 4, Conley 0 0-0 0, Luebbert 0 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 3 0-0 6, McKinstry 2 0-0 4, Siekaniec 1 0-0 2, Lowney 3 2-2 8, Temple 0 2-2 2. Totals — 13 7-10 33.

KENAI (28) — Navarre 3 2-2 9, Keener 1 0-1 2, Dunn 0 0-0 0, Foley 0 0-0 0, McGlasson 0 1-6 1, Petereson 1 3-6 5, Calderwood 2 0-0 5, Craig 2 1-1 5, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Kiel 0 0-0 0, Steward 0 0-0 0, Brewer 0 1-2 1. Totals — 9 8-18 28.

3-point goals — Kenai 2 (Navarre, Calderwood). Total fouls — Homer 18, Kenai 13. Fouled out — none.

Boys

MARINERS 41, KARDINALS 36

Homer 9 4 12 16 — 41

Kenai 8 10 11 7 — 36

HOMER (41) — Ju. Smith 5 5-8 15, Taylor 0 0-0 0, McKinstry 0 0-0 0, Siekaniec 1 1-3 3, Isenhour 0 0-0 0, Trowbridge 4 2-4 10, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Roedl 0 0-0 0, McWilliams 5 1-2 11. Totals — 16 9-17 41.

KENAI (36) — Hansen 1 0-0 2, Saltzgiver 1 2-2 4, Chappell 1 0-0 2, Reemtsma 0 0-0 0, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Epperheimer 1 0-0 2, Miles 3 0-0 6, Faumui 0 0-0 0, Krusen 0 0-0 0, McLeod 4 3-5 11, Bennett 1 1-4 3, Jenckes 3 0-0 6. Totals — 15 6-11 36.

3-point goals — none. Total fouls — Homer 16, Kenai 17. Fouled out — McLeod, Chappell.



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