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Soldotna captures Grace title

Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2000

The Soldotna boys basketball team held off Grace Christian 63-53 Wednesday night to win the Grace Christian Basketball Classic 2000 in Anchorage.

Nick Christensen dumped in 20 points, including four 3-pointers, to pace Soldotna while Shaun Williams added 15 points. Both Christensen and Williams were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.

The key in the game may have been another strong night at the foul line for the Stars. Soldotna (4-0 overall) went 14-of-16 from the charity stripe, while Grace was 9-of-15.

Sean Kelley, a senior guard, was 6-of-6 from the foul stripe on his way to eight points. Kelley also paced Soldotna with six rebounds.

Also Wednesday at the Grace Classic, Sitka defeated Cook Inlet Academy 78-49. It was the third straight loss at the tournament for the Eagles, who were by far the smallest school, in terms of enrollement, at the tournament.

Chet Nettles, CIA's lone representative on the all-tournament team, had 22 points, while Justin Franchino chipped in with 10 points.

STARS 63, GRIZZLIES 53

Soldotna 13 20 11 19 --63

Grizzlies 12 10 11 20 --53

SOLDOTNA (63) -- Kelley 1 6-6 8, Williams 6 2-2 15, Simpson 1 0-0 2, Christensen 7 2-3 20, Hardina 0 0-0 0, Kiffmeyer 1 0-0 2, Zeyer 0 0-0 0, Hughes 3 4-5 10, Rose 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 14-16 63.

GRACE (53) -- Hofseth 3 1-1 8, Clarkson 1 0-0 2, Meier 2 2-2 6, Winkler 1 1-2 3, Tulip 7 4-8 21, Libby 4 1-2 9, Gates 1 0-0 2, Sondstrom 0 0-0 0, Strait 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 9-15 53.

3-point goals -- Soldotna 5 (Christensen 4, Williams 1), Grace Christian 4 (Tulip 3, Hofseth 1). Total fouls -- Soldotna 18, Grace 19. Fouled out -- Tulip.

WOLVES 78, COOK INLET ACADEMY 49

CIA 12 18 6 13 --49

Sitka 22 17 16 21 --78

CIA (49) -- Staton 1 2-2 4, C. Nettles 9 4-4 22, Luke Myers 0 0-0 0, Calder Hillyer 3 0-0 7, Peterson 1 2-2 4, Powers 1 0-0 2, Agosti 0 0-0 0, Brown 0 0-0 0, Franchino 4 1-4 10. Totals 19 9-12 49.

SITKA (78) -- Stedman 1 0-0 2, Uddipa 0 0-0 0, Nunez-Mooney 6 1-1 13, Hanson 0 0-0 0, Haaviq 0 0-0 0, Schneeberger 8 2-2 20, Kambak 4 0-2 8, Friske 8 5-7 22, Hollins 0 0-0 0, Blankenship 4 3-4 11, Campbell 1 0-0 2. Totals 32 11-16 78.

3-point goals -- CIA 2 (Hillyer 1, Franchino 1), Sitka 3 (Schneeberger 2, Friske 1). Total fouls -- CIA 14, Sitka 17. Fouled out -- none.

2000 LADY KINGS INVITATIONAL

Sophomore Rachel Besse notched 25 points Wednesday as the Stars stoppped Southeast school Metlakatla 66-44 to advance to the championship game of the 2000 Lady Kings Invitational.

The Stars (2-1 overall) will face Oregon's Ashland in the finals of the tournament today at 8 p.m.

STARS 66, METLAKATLA 44

Metlakatla 3 11 12 18 --44

Soldotna 10 20 15 21 --66

METLAKATLA (44) -- Blandov 2 0-0 4, As. Hayward 7 2-2 20, Horne 1 0-1 2, Galles 3 1-3 11, Al. Hayward 2 0-3 5, Walker 1 0-0 2, Boyd 0 0-0 0, King 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 3-9 44.

SOLDOTNA (66) -- Senette 2 0-0 4, Wolfe 4 0-0 9, Christenson 1 0-0 3, Kerrone 1 0-0 2, G. Besse 1 3-3 5, Penner 2 0-0 4, Syverson 3 2-2 8, Evans 2 0-0 4, Severson 0 0-0 0, Gilbert 1 0-0 2, R. Besse 11 3-4 25. Totals 28 8-9 66.

3-point goals -- Metlakatla 6 (As. Hayward 4, Galles 1, Al. Hayward 1), Soldotna 1 (Wolfe 1). Total fouls -- Metlakatla 14, Soldotna 12. Fouled out -- none.



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