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Williams nets 14 as Stars keep unbeaten record intact

SoHi boys put away Eagles

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2000

The Soldotna boys basketball team continued a string of strong early season play Tuesday, defeating Cook Inlet Academy 80-35 at the Grace Christian Tournament in Anchorage.

The Stars, a Class 4A school, improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in the tournament. The Eagles, a Class 2A school, fell to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the tournament.

Shaun Williams paced Soldotna with 14 points, while Nick Christensen pitched in with 13 points. However, one of the bigger performances on the night came from Soldotna's Pat Hardina. Hardina finished with four points, but shined on the defensive end of the floor, where he guarded CIA senior Chet Nettles.

Nettles, who played at Soldotna last year after playing with the Eagles his freshman and sophomore years, had 23 points Monday against defending Class 3A state champion Grace Christian, but was held to just nine points Tuesday.

The Eagles actually stayed with the Stars for a while, but then Soldotna's deep roster took over. CIA trailed 15-11 after one period, then the Stars all but ended the game by outscoring the Eagles 26-3 in the second period.

Soldotna will continue play at the tournament today with an 8 p.m. game against tournament host Grace Christian. That game can be heard on 920 AM. Because Grace lost to Sitka 82-66 Tuesday night, if Soldotna beats Grace they win the tournament.

Meanwhile, Cook Inlet Academy will search for its first win of the season with a 4 p.m. game against Sitka.

Tuesday

STARS 80, EAGLES 35

Soldotna 15 26 21 18 --80

Cook Inlet Academy 11 3 7 14 --35

SOLDOTNA (80) -- Kelley 2 2-2 7, Houglum 0 0-0 0, Williams 5 4-4 14, Simpson 2 0-0 4, Christensen 5 1-2 13, Hardina 1 2-2 4, Kiffmeyer 3 0-0 7, Zeyer 2 0-0 4, Hughes 3 2-2 8, Metteer 3 1-2 7, Histand 2 0-1 4, Morris 0 0-0 0, Rose 2 0-0 4, Kohler 2 0-0 4. Totals 32 12-15 80.

CIA (35) -- K. Nettles 1 0-1 4, Staton 3 0-0 8, C. Nettles 4 1-2 9, Myers 0 0-2 0, Hillyer 3 0-0 8, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Powers 0 0-0 0, Brown 0 0-0 0, Franchino 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 1-5 35.

3-point goals -- Soldotna 4 (Christensen 2, Kelley 1, Kiffmeyer 1), CIA 5 (Hillyer 2, S. Staton 2, K. Nettles). Total fouls -- Soldotna 16, CIA 10. Fouled out -- none.



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