Seward’s Sam Koster looks for a way around Kenai Central’s Lucas Tunseth and Keagen Medina on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Seward’s Sam Koster looks for a way around Kenai Central’s Lucas Tunseth and Keagen Medina on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Hoops roundup: Seward, Homer boys notch tight wins

Staff report

The visiting Seward boys basketball team defeated Kenai Central 67-58 in overtime on Thursday.

The Seahawks made off with their fifth straight victory and improved to 7-3 and 2-1 against Kenai. The Kards fall to 8-3.

Max Pfeiffenberger had seven of his 19 points in overtime as the Seahawks outscored the Kards 14-5. Sam Koster paced Seward with 20 points, while Trey Ingalls had 18.

For Kenai, Jordan Kvasnikoff and Lucas Tunseth had 16, while Jakob Kvasnikoff had nine and James Baisden had eight.

Kenai girls 43, Seahawks 29

The host Kardinals snapped a four-game losing streak by taking control in the final quarter.

Kenai is 4-7 and is 2-1 against Seward, which falls to 2-8.

Kenai led 18-17 at halftime and 25-22 after three quarters before winning the final eight minutes 18-7.

Emma Beck paced the Kards with 12 points while Shania McCanna had 10, Erin Koziczkowski had nine and Logan Satathite had eight.

Shelby Sieminski pumped in 14 for the Seahawks.

Soldotna girls 39, Homer 24

The Stars topped the Mariners for the third time this season to improve to 11-0. Homer is 6-4.

Josie Sheridan paced the Stars with 16 points, while Drysta Crosby-Schneider had 12. For Homer, Laura Inama had 10.

Homer boys 49, Soldotna 47

The Mariners improved to 8-2 by defeating the Stars for the third time this season. Soldotna is 2-9.

Homer trailed 24-20 at the half, and carved out a 32-21 lead after three quarters.

Clayton Beachy had 18 for Homer, while Parker Lowney and Carter Tennison had 10 apiece.

For Soldotna, Ethan Sewell had 15, while Nate Johnson had nine and Daniel McRorie had eight.

Birchwood Christian girls 44, CIA 38

The host Eagles lost to Birchwood Christian to fall to 1-5 on the year.

Birchwood Christian led 16-13 after a quarter and 28-24 at halftime. The big push came in the third quarter, when Birchwood jumped out to a 37-28 lead.

For CIA, Tatum Rozak led the way with 16, while Riley Tucker had nine, Victoria Duggan had eight and Hope Hillyer had five.

CIA boys 55, Birchwood Christian 40

The host Eagles moved to 4-3 overall by topping Birchwood Christian.

CIA led 13-11 after a period, but then opened up the lead to 24-16 at the half and 41-21 after three quarters.

James Boyd had 17 for the Eagles, while Ethan Boyd had 18. Also for the Eagles, Abraham Henderson had 10, Isaac Johnson had four and Grizzly Beard, Noah Castenholz and Austin Matheson each had two.

Ninilchik girls 30, Nikiski JV 12

The host Wolverines evened their record at 3-3 with a stifling defensive effort against the Bulldogs JV.

For the Ninilchik girls, Jade Robuck had eight points, while Rebecca Okonek had seven, Taylor Rickard had six, Mia DeBoer had four, Autumn Calabrese had three and Alex Nelson had two.

Rylee Ellis and Emma Weeks each had four points for the Bulldogs.

Ninilchik 61, Nikiski 45

The host Wolverines topped Nikiski’s varsity to move to 5-1 with a fifth-straight victory. The Bulldogs fell to 1-10.

For the Ninilchik boys, Landon Colburn led the way with 26 points, while George Nelson had 10, Jaylin Scott had nine, Brandon Ducker had four, Cole Hadro had three and Blake Lemons had one.

For Nikiski, Drew Handley pumped in 12 points while Auston Sutton had nine points, Caileb Payne had eight points, Brady Bostic had eight points, Braeden Porter had six points and Austin Stafford had three points.

Thursday girls

Kardinals 43, Seahawks 29

Seward 8 9 5 7 —29

Kenai 9 9 7 18 —43

SEWARD (29) — Ingalls 0, Schilling 4, Jagielski 6, Sieminski 14, Brockman 0, Dougherty 2, Nilsson 0, Cronin 0, Ambrosiani 3.

KENAI CENTRAL (43) — Satathite 8, Pierce 0, Keyes 2, Koziczkowski 9, Wilson 0, McCanna 10, Bernard 2, Beck 12.

Stars 39, Mariners 24

Soldotna 14 10 2 13 —39

Homer 6 6 6 6 —24

SOLDOTNA (39) — Widaman 2, Brantley 0, Cannava 5, McElroy 0, Sheridan 16, Bouschor 4, Burns 0, A. Fischer 0, Crosby-Schneider 12.

HOMER (24) — Rhodes 0, Alexson Wall 2, Harris 2, Reutov 2, Shelby 2, Inama 10, Morris 0, Ellison 0, Hatfield 4, Reutov 2, Smude 0.

Thursday boys

Seahawks 67, Kardinals 58, OT

Seward 13 12 12 16 14 —67

Kenai 10 19 9 15 5 —58

SEWARD (67) — Mullaly 0, Koster 20, Cronin 6, Ingalls 18, Pfeiffenberger 19, Deboard 4.

KENAI CENTRAL (58) — Medina 3, Baisden 8, Jo. Kvasnikoff 16, Beck 6, Ja. Kvasnikoff 9, Tunseth 16.

Mariners 49, Stars 47

Soldotna 11 13 7 16 —47

Homer 13 7 12 17 —49

SOLDOTNA (47) — Buckbee 3, Johnson 9, Denbrock 6, Pieh 6, McRorie 8, Sewell 15, Wilson 0.

HOMER (49) — Beachy 18, Etzwiler 0, Lowney 10, Carroll 0, Knapp 3, Mann 7, Tennison 10, Raymond 1.

Kenai Central’s Lucas Tunseth and Seward’s Levi Deboard and Tommy Cronin battle for the ball Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Central’s Lucas Tunseth and Seward’s Levi Deboard and Tommy Cronin battle for the ball Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

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