Nikiski’s Drew Handley and Brady Bostic defend Kenai Central’s Bridger Beck on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski’s Drew Handley and Brady Bostic defend Kenai Central’s Bridger Beck on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Hoops roundup: Kenai sweeps Nikiski

The host Kenai Central girls basketball team received 20 points from Emma Beck in evening its record at 1-1 on Saturday by defeating Nikiski 47-30. The Bulldogs also stand at 1-1.

The Kardinals jumped out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter and 28-13 lead at halftime.

Logan Satathite added eight points for Kenai.

For the Bulldogs, Lillian Carstens led the way with 16 points.

Kenai boys 58, Nikiski 37

The host Kardinals improved to 2-0 while dropping the Bulldogs to 0-2.

Kenai led 14-8 after the first quarter, then 31-18 at halftime after dropping four 3-pointers in the second quarter.

Jordan Kvasnikoff had 20 for the Kards, while Maison Dunham had 14 and Lucas Tunseth added eight. For Nikiski, Drew Handley had 12, while Braeden Porter and Caileb Payne each had nine.

Soldotna girls 49, Seward 11

The visiting Stars rolled to their second straight impressive win Saturday. The Seahawks were opening their season.

Soldotna led 23-2 after the first half en route to the victory.

Morgan Bouschor had 15 points to lead the Stars, while Josie Sheridan had 13 and Drysta Crosby-Schneider pitched in eight. Anevay Ambrosiani had three to lead the Seahawks.

Seward boys 48, Stars 33

The host Seahawks opened up their season by dropping the Stars to 0-2.

Seward grabbed a 13-6 lead after a quarter, then made a 22-15 halftime lead a 41-26 lead by the end of three quarters.

Max Pfeiffenberger led the way for the Seahawks with 17 points, while Tommy Cronin had 10. For the Stars, Ethan Sewell had 16.

Ninilchik girls 26, Kenai Central C 25

The host Wolverines opened up their season by edging the Kardinals on Friday.

Ninilchik was down 13-11 at halftime, but grabbed a 21-19 lead headed to the fourth quarter.

Rebecca Okonek paced the Wolverines with nine points, while Jade Robuck, Rian Ofstad and Taylor Rickard each had four. Autumn Calabrese and Mia Denboer each added two points.

Kenai Central C 36, Ninilchik 35

The visiting Kardinals nipped the Wolverines on Friday.

For Ninilchik, Cole Hadro and George Nelson each had 11 points, while Thomas Nelson had five, Celony Allen had four, Blake Lemons had three and Brandon Ducker had one.

Homer JV 37, Ninilchik 22

The visiting Mariners rolled to a victory over the Wolverines on Saturday.

Jade Robuck had 11 points to lead Ninilchik, while Rebecca Okonek had five, Rian Ofstad had four and Mia Denboer had two.

Ninilchik boys 79, Homer JV 53

The host Wolverines used a strong offense Saturday to outpace the Mariners.

George Nelson had 24 for Ninilchik, while Jaylin Scott had 17, Thomas Nelson had 14, Cole Hadro had 12, Brandon Ducker had six, Cody Blossom had three, Blake Lemons had two and Wyatt McClosky had one.

Saturday girls

Kardinals 47, Bulldogs 30

Nikiski 8 5 6 7 —30

Kenai 16 12 10 8 —47

NIKISKI (30) — Jeffreys 0, Stock 2, Carstens 16, Ellis 0, White 0, Nelson 0, Epperheimer 0, Nunley 3, Freeman 7, Grenier 2, Burman 2.

KENAI (47) — Nash 2, Pierce 2, Nunn 0, Keyes 2, Koziczkowski 7, Wilson 4, Satathite 8, Bernard 2, Beck 20.

Stars 49, Seahawks 11

Soldotna 9 14 18 8 —49

Seward 0 2 7 11 —11

SOLDOTNA (49) — Widaman 4, Brantley 2, Cannava 4, M. Fischer 1, Sheridan 13, Bouschor 15, A. Fischer 2, Crosby-Schneider 8.

SEWARD (11) — Ingals 0, Schilling 2, Jagielski 0, Sieminski 2, Lemme 0, Brockman 2, Dougherty 2, Jack 0, Ambrosiani 3.

Saturday boys

Seahawks 48, Stars 33

Soldotna 6 9 11 9 —33

Seward 13 9 19 8 —48

SOLDOTNA (33) — Buckbee 3, N. Johnson 1, Denbrock 4, T. Johnson 5, Taylor 0, Pieh 2, Brown 2, McRorie 0, Sewell 16, Wilson 0.

SEWARD (48) — Mullaly 5, Koster 5, Cronin 10, Ingalls 4, Pfeiffenberger 17, Deboard 7, Spanos 0.

Kardinals 58, Bulldogs 37

Nikiski 8 10 10 9 —37

Kenai 14 17 14 13 —58

NIKISKI (37) — Bostic 2, Porter 9, S. Payne 0, Grenier 0, Malston 3, Stafford 0, C. Payne 9, Sutton 2, Handley 12.

KENAI (58) — Dunham 14, Medina 0, Hamilton 0, Baisden 4, Jo. Kvasnikoff 20, Beck 5, Ja. Kvasnikoff 5, Tunseth 8, White 2.

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