Wasilla girls stop Homer

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2002

The inside-out game of the Wasilla girls basketball team quickly turned Homer inside-out Thursday in a Region III/4A tournament basketball game at Soldotna High School.

The Warriors, who were undefeated in the region's regular season, used a 20-0 run in the second quarter to advance to the tournament's semifinals with a 68-33 victory.

Wasilla will face off with Soldotna in the semifinals today at 5:45 p.m. at Skyview, while Homer will try to beat Kodiak at 10:45 a.m. at Skyview and stay alive in the double elimination tournament.

Homer, which won one game in the region during the regular season, stuck with Wasilla through one quarter.

After Wasilla's Chandice Cronk hit a pair of 3-pointers to put the Warriors up 14-7 with 1:42 left in the second quarter, Homer went on a 6-0 run to draw within 14-13 early in the second quarter on a bank shot from Rose Sinnhuber.

After that, it was all Wasilla.

"We started to pound it inside, and Brittney (Kroon) started lighting it up," said Wasilla coach Jeannie Hebert, whose team was ranked second in Class 4A in the latest prep poll. "That got us in the game.

"After that, we started hitting some 3-pointers."

Kroon, a 6-foot-4 senior, scored six points to start Wasilla's 20-0 run in the second quarter.

"We didn't have anybody that could match up with her," Homer coach Mark Mahan said of Kroon, who had 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine blocks and eight steals. "If we double team her, they have a lot of people who can hit the three."

Tonya James hit a pair of 3-pointers during the 20-0 run. One of James' treys capped the run and made it 34-13 with 1:56 left in the first half.

Homer's main problem on offense during Wasilla's run was turnovers. The Mariners turned the ball over 25 times in the first half.

"We've had a lot of turnovers all year," Mahan said. "Plus, they're so big and fast that they create a lot of turnovers.

"A lot of passes that work against other teams don't work against them."

The Mariners had 10 different players score, with the leading scorer being Channing Setterquist with six points.

James finished with 16 points for Wasilla, while Cronk had 11 and Marsha Schirack added 10.

WARRIORS 68, MARINERS 33

Homer 11 4 12 6 --33

Wasilla 14 25 16 13 --68

HOMER (33) -- Eller 1 0-0 2, Crandall 2 2-4 6, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Sinnhuber 1 0-0 2, Cousins 1 1-2 3, Lightcap 0 2-2 2, Morawitz 2 0-1 4, Smith 0 1-2 1, Jolly 0 0-0 0, Lowney 2 0-2 5, Setterquist 2 2-5 6. Totals -- 12 8-18 33.

WASILLA (68) -- Bulawa 0 0-0 0, James 5 3-3 16, Tompkins 1 0-0 2, Schirack 4 2-4 10, Cronk 4 0-0 11, Lund 1 0-2 2, Hayes 2 2-2 6, Egger 0 0-0 0, Kroon 8 3-5 19, Mayes 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 26 10-16 68.

3-point goals -- Homer 1 (Lowney 1); Wasilla 6 (James 3, Cronk 3). Total fouls -- Homer 13, Wasilla 15. Fouled out --none.



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