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Sweeping Stars

SoHi boys and girls both top Seahawks

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2007

Soldotna's pre-Christmas checklist got its final marks Friday night. Like the first three games, the best mark was the victory.

Three players scored in double figures as the Stars' girls basketball team routed visiting Seward, 59-27, climbing to 4-0 on the season. In the nightcap, Soldotna's boys thumped the Seahawks, 64-36.

"We did pretty good," 5-foot-7 junior Jessi Stenga said. "Coach wanted us to come out stronger. And we came out well. We could have been more aggressive under the nets."

Stars head coach Mark Tuter figured his team would hold some edges on the Seahawks, and his team didn't disappoint. Soldotna prevailed with a better ball movement on offense, was tenacious on defense and nearly doubled the guests off the backboards.

Senior Paige Blackburn, a 5-foot-11 force inside, scored 23 points on 11-for-15 shooting. She grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots. Karen Duffy, a 5-foot-11 senior, added 12 points while Stenga scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out four assists and led the team with three steals.

Shelly Barker, a 5-foot-10 senior, was pivotal in the post with a team-high five assists. Soldotna registered 17 assists on 26 field goals, posting a 52 percent shooting night.

"We tried to work on passing the ball," Stenga said. "We're keeping our key players together, trying to be good teammates to each other."

The Stars owned the rebounding edge, 36-19, and held the Seahawks to 23.6 percent shooting.

"We were a little rusty," Tuter said, "but overall, we were not bad."

The Stars bolted ahead 9-1, led 20-6 early in the second quarter and stretched the lead to 34-14 at intermission.

Soldotna was 15-for-25 (60 percent) in the first half with 11 assists while holding the Seahawks to 4-for-18 shooting (22 percent).

"We wanted to work on our traps, and some other stuff," Tuter said.

Tuter, seeing the first half dominance, was mindful of the scoreboard in the second half.

Denali Foldager led the Seahawks (0-2) with 10 points. Her sister, Rubye, was a catalyst early but drew her third and fourth fouls in the final minute of the first period and sat out two quarters.

"We're excited," Stenga said of the 4-0 start. "We lost a lot of seniors last year. This gives us a boost of confidence."

Soldotna boys 64, Seward 36

Soldotna's boys were sluggish through two periods before suffocating the Seahawks offense.

The Stars (3-1) held Seward to 3-for-19 shooting (15.7 percent) in the third period, pushing a 26-18 halftime lead to 44-25.

Liam Andrus, a 6-foor-4 junior, dumped in 12 points for the Stars, 6-foot-3 senior marksman Larsen Kohler made a trio of 3-pointers and scored 11 points and 6-foot-3 junior David Geller scored 10 points. Six-foot senior Brad Blossom led the team with seven rebounds.

Seward (0-2) was paced by junior Robert Perea with 15 points.

Kohler's two 3-pointers a minute apart early in the third quarter staked the Stars to a 38-20 cushion.

Soldotna, which went 12 possessions over eight minutes without points bridging the first and second quarters, scored points on 12 of 16 possessions to move a 15-point third quarter lead to 24 points in the final period.

The Stars shot 48.9 percent for the evening while holding Seward to 30.2 percent.

Soldotna boys 88, Homer 46

The Stars picked up where they left off on Friday, easily handling the visiting Mariners on Saturday.

Blossom led the Stars with 13 points, Kohler added 12 and Dan Gellar chipped in 10.

Homer was paced by 10 points apiece from Dean DeVaney and Michael Pate.

Friday

Girls

STARS 59, SEAHAWKS 27

Seward 6 8 6 7 27

Soldotna 18 16 12 13 59

SEWARD (27) D. Foldager 3 3-4 10, Ganser 0 0-0 0, R. Foldager 0 1-2 1, Draper 2 1-3 6, Beals 1 0-0 2, Buchanan 1 2-2 4, Espelin 0 0-0 0, Stone 2 0-0 4. Totals 9 7-11 27.

SOLDOTNA (59) Forbes 1 0-0 3, Senette 0 3-3 3, Stenga 5 0-0 10, Jensen 0 0-0 0, Dykstra 1 0-0 2, Heffner 2 0-0 4, Satathite 1 0-1 2, Duke 0 0-0 0, Hardy 0 0-0 0, Duffy 5 2-3 12, Barker 0 0-0 0, Blackburn 11 1-2 23. Totals 26 6-9 59.

3-point goals Seward 1 (Forbes), Seward 2 (D. Foldager, Draper). Total fouls Seward 11, Soldotna 11. Fouled out none.

Friday

Boys

STARS 64, SEAHAWKS 36

Seward 9 9 7 11 36

Soldotna 13 13 18 20 64

SEWARD (36) Olsen 1 2-4 4, Price 2 0-0 4, Beck 3 0-0 6, Hatch 0 0-0 0, Dixon 0 0-0 0, Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Berry 2 1-2 5, Sawyer 0 0-0 0, Perea 7 0-1 15, Prochazka 1 0-0 2, Fleming 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 3-7 36.

SOLDOTNA (64) Carver 0 2-2 2, B. Blossom 2 3-4 7, Grubb 0 4-6 4, Bauder 2 1-2 5, Aberkane 3 2-2 9, Geller 3 4-5 10, Barkman 2 0-1 4, Kohler 4 0-0 11, Griglione 0 0-1 0, Andrus 6 0-0 12, Jensen 0 0-0 0, B. Blossom 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 16-23 64.

3-point goals Seward 1 (Perea); Seward 4 (Aberkane, Kohler 3). Total fouls Seward 21, Soldotna 15. Fouled out Price, Beck, Berry.



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