Soldotna’s Alyssa McDonald moves with the ball during a basketball game against the Houston Hawks at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Alyssa McDonald moves with the ball during a basketball game against the Houston Hawks at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Friday hoops: Soldotna splits with Houston on senior night

Nikiski girls and boys also took on Grace Christian

Visiting Houston split games with Soldotna on Friday — while the Stars were celebrating senior night — Nikiski split with Grace Christian and Kenai split with Redington.

Houston girls 59, Soldotna 54

The visiting Houston girls secured an overtime victory over the Stars on Friday, Soldotna’s senior night. The Stars drop to 10-11 overall.

Kaytlin McAnelly had 18 points for the Stars. Juliet Innes had 9, Anaulie Sedivy and Alyssa McDonald had 8, Sarah Brown had 4, Izzy Cruz and Hope Hillyer had 3 and Grayson Henry had 1.

For Houston, Grace Gillespie had 21 points. Dallas Winter had 17, Sarah Bodfish had 9, Andi Robinson had 4, Bella Russell and Keeli Johnson had 3 and Tanea Cook had 2.

The game was always close, but at the end of the first quarter and going into the half, the Stars had maintained control of the scoreboard — scores of 15-14 then 30-28. In the third, the Hawks stopped Soldotna and built up a lead that the Stars spent the last quarter clawing back.

Then the clock hit zero with both teams at 49.

In overtime, the two teams traded possessions and baskets back and forth — remaining effectively tied for two minutes — until Houston managed to land two hoops in a row and create an advantage that the Stars were unable to respond to.

In overtime, the Hawks added 10 points to only 5 for Soldotna.

Soldotna boys 50, Houston 40

The Soldotna boys dropped visiting Houston 50-40 on Friday, the Stars’ senior night. The Stars are 11-10 overall.

Jace O’Reagen put up 29 for Soldotna to lead scoring. Andrew Pieh had 8, Owen Buckbee and Theo Huff had 4, Cameron LaRoque had 3 and Zac Buckbee had 2.

For Houston, Carter Seime had 10 points. Michael Saam had 8, Max Taylor and Terje McClurg had 6, Parker Bethel and Noah Whitted had 4 and Keldin Nicoll had 2.

Nikiski girls 42, Grace Christian 28

The Nikiski girls topped visiting Grace Christian 42-28.

Maggie Grenier led Nikiski scoring with 8 points. Abigail White had 7. Shelby Burman, Alexa Iyatunguk and Kailey Stynsberg had 5. Madison Iyatunguk had 4, Avery White and Avery Ellis had 3, Brooke Abel had 2.

Jaden Helton put up 13 for Grace Christian. Faith Salima had 7. Josie Evans-Grant and Molie Schild had 3. Wren Krulish and Hope Jackson each had 1.

Grace Christian boys 73, Nikiski 24

The visiting Grace Christian boys dropped Nikiski 73-24 on Friday.

For the Bulldogs, Kevin Love had 6 points. Carter Eiter and Seth Payne each had 5. Lynn Deveer had 4 and Mylan Johnson and Kameron Bird both had 2.

Kellen Jedlicka led scoring with 16 for Grace Christian. Brayden Clarkson had 15, Henry Beck had 12, Robbie Annett had 9, Bristol Tobin had 8, Ashton Clarkson had 4 and Caleb Dale had 3. Joe Adolfae, Bensen Malone and Chris Jones all had 2.

Cook Inlet Academy boys 61, Holy Rosary Academy 33

The visiting Cook Inlet Academy boys dropped Holy Rosary Academy 61-33 on Friday.

Matthew Phillips led scoring with 16 for the Eagles. Brady Baeten had 15, Jeremy Dillingham and Jonas Oyoumick had 6, Lucas Oyoumick had 5, Nehemiah Barnes and Brandt Rollman had 4, Owen Braband and Silas Barnes had 2.

Sebastian Fournier had 9 for Holy Rosary. Erik Helzer had 8, Shaun Cooley had 5, Issac Davidson had 4, Thomas Owens had 3, Andrew Hippler and Teddy Jackson had 2.

Kenai girls 59, Redington 35

The host Kardinals notched a nonconference win over the Huskies on Friday.

Emma Beck paced the Kards with 33 points, while Sierra Hershberger, Mycka Phillips and Willow Graham had 4, Alex Nelson had 3, and Avia Miller, Mckenzie Spence and Ellsi Miller had 2.

For Redington, Alizae Crume had 12, Sonia Gericke had 7, Abigail Dagomas had 5, Mia Knox had 4, Taylor Hartwell had 3, and Maela Matika and Adi Pitcher had 2 apiece.

Redington boys 66, Kenai 43

The Huskies notched a nonconference victory over the host Kardinals on Friday.

Doyle Bond poured in 26 for Redington, while Christian Ingraham had 16, Caleb Metcalf had 10, Kenneth Johnson had 9 and Kaedon Saxton had 5.

Ben Harris paced the Kardinals with 16 points, while Miles Metteer had 10, Daniel Steffensen had 6, Jacob Katzenberger had 4, Reid Titus had 3, and Trae Pitsch and William Wilson had 2 apiece.

Soldotna’s Grayson Henry looks to pass during a basketball game against the Houston Hawks at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Grayson Henry looks to pass during a basketball game against the Houston Hawks at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Andrew Pieh works to keep the ball from Houston’s Keldin Nicoll during a basketball game at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Andrew Pieh works to keep the ball from Houston’s Keldin Nicoll during a basketball game at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Owen Buckbee moves with the ball against defense by the Houston Hawks during a basketball game at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Owen Buckbee moves with the ball against defense by the Houston Hawks during a basketball game at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Jace O’Reagan shoots a free throw during a basketball game against the Houston Hawks at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Jace O’Reagan shoots a free throw during a basketball game against the Houston Hawks at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Kaytlin McAnelly, backed by teammate Izzy Cruz, moves with the ball against defensive play by Houston’s Andi Robinson during a basketball game at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s Kaytlin McAnelly, backed by teammate Izzy Cruz, moves with the ball against defensive play by Houston’s Andi Robinson during a basketball game at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

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