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Friday hoops roundup: Soldotna, Seward sweep rivals

The Soldotna girls and boys basketball teams swept Kenai Central on Friday at the Al Howard Tournament at Soldotna High School.

The Soldotna girls topped Kenai 42-32 to avenge a 28-27 defeat by the Kardinals on Dec. 16. Soldotna moves to 5-8 overall, while the Kardinals fell to 11-2 overall.

The Stars ended a back-and-forth game by outscoring the Kardinals 15-3 in the final quarter to sew up the victory. SoHi had taken a 10-4 lead after the first quarter before trailing 21-14 at the half and 29-27 after three quarters.

Tanner Inman paced the Stars with 16 points, while Josie Sheridan had 11, Katelyn Morrison had seven, Kaytlin McAnelly had six and Anaulie Sedivy had two.

For the Kardinals, Emma Beck poured in 23 points. Sierra Hershberger had three, while Chloe Goldsby, Rylie Sparks and Ella Yragui all had two.

The Soldotna boys moved to 3-11 overall and avenged a 74-51 loss to Kenai on Dec. 16 with a 49-48 victory. Kenai falls to 8-5 overall.

Zac Buckbee finished a 17-point night by making a pair of foul shots with 1.1 seconds left on the clock for the victory.

SoHi was 6 of 6 from the foul line and hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter to outscore Kenai 20-15. Two of those free throws came from Andrew Pieh with 1:07 left for a 44-all tie. Kenai’s Daniel McRorie put his team up with a layup with 50 seconds left, but Soldotna’s Cameron Laroque answered with a 3-pointer and 47-46 lead with 38 seconds left.

With just under 14 seconds left, Jakob Kvasnikoff got Kenai the lead back with a layup, but Buckbee had the last word.

Also for SoHi, Jakob Brown had nine, Laroque and Pieh had seven, Eli Corbett had six, Lokeni Wong had two and Will Inman had one.

For Kenai, Kvasnikoff had 15, McRorie had 10, Roc Riggle and Wade James had eight, Carnell Gump had five and Luke Armstrong had two.

The Anchorage Christian Schools girls moved to 2-0 at the tournament and dropped Juneau-Douglas to 1-1 with a 76-29 victory. The ACS boys also moved to 2-0 at the tourney and dropped Juneau to 1-1 with a 70-65 victory.

Seward girls 43, Nikiski 33

The host Seahawks moved to 3-1 in the Class 3A Peninsula Conference and 6-2 overall while dropping the Bulldogs to 0-2 and 4-8.

For Seward, Lena Jagielski had 18, Ava Jagielski had 11, Hailey Ingalls and Robin Cronin had six and Natalie Sieminski had two.

For Nikiski, Savanna Stock and Avery White had seven, Maggie Grenier had five, Avery Ellis, Kailey Stynsberg and Emma Weeks had four, and Ashlynne Playle had two.

Seward boys 44, Nikiski 39

The host Seahawks moved to 2-2 in the league and 3-4 overall and dropped Nikiski to 0-2 and 2-12.

For Seward, Ozzy Deel had 16, Bergen Davis had eight, Emmerson Cross, Kupono Albino and Jerick Senecal had four, Noah Price and Talon Lemme had three, and Van Shank had two.

For Nikiski, Drew Handley had 10, Braeden Porter, Seth Payne and David Weathers had nine, and Charlie Chamberlain had two.

CIA girls 40, Lumen Christi 22

The visiting Eagles moved to 2-0 in the Class 1A Peninsula Conference and 9-2 overall with the victory.

For the Eagles, Tatum Rozak had 18, Hope Hillyer had 12, Ella Rollman had eight and Beka Dillingham had two.

Amara Warren paced the Archangels with 12.

CIA boys 64, Lumen Christi 33

The visiting Eagles moved to 2-0 in the Class 1A Peninsula Conference and 9-2 overall.

For CIA, Ian McGarry had 24, Abraham Henderson had 12, Jeremy Dillingham had six, Alek McGarry had four, Owen Braband and Hyrum Henderson had three, and Matt Phillips had two.

Carsen Wingate paced the Archangels with 10.

Susitna Valley girls 55, Ninilchik 9

The visiting Rams notched an Interior Conference victory to drop the Wolverines to 1-4 in the league and 2-6 overall.

Riley Tucker had all nine points for Ninilchik. Alana Barron paced Su-Valley with 11 points.

Ninilchik boys 76, Susitna Valley 36

The host Wolverines moved to 5-0 in the Interior Conference and 12-2 overall with the victory.

For Ninilchik, Jaylin Scott and Kade McCorison had 20, Colvin Moore had 10, Rowan Mahoney had eight, Peyton Edens had five, Cooper Adams, Cody Blossom and Wyatt McCloskey had four and Carter Lemons had one.

Carl Cassidy led the Rams with nine.

Sitka girls 31, Homer 16

The visiting Mariners lost a nonconference game to the Wolves on Thursday to fall to 2-7 overall.

Minadora Reutov paced the Mariners with six points, while Sydney Shelby had three, Emily Owens, Bethany Engebretsen and Lawson Alexson had two, and Lillie Mae Kuhn had one.

For Sitka, Naia Nelson and Ava Brady had 12, Marina Olney-Miller had four, Adrianna Denkinger had two and Michelle Winger had one.

Sitka boys 54, Homer 29

The visiting Mariners lost a nonconference game to the Wolves on Thursday to fall to 1-9 overall.

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