The Soldotna girls improved to 15-1 by defeating Tikigaq 62-23 on Thursday at the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School.
Soldotna plays Wasilla in the semifinals of the Maroon Bracket at 8 p.m. tonight.
Soldotna coach Kyle McFall texted that it was a good team win, with all 14 players playing and 10 of them scoring. He said the team made up for a tough night shooting with defensive intensity.
Ituau Tuisaula had 19 points, while Morgan Bouschor had 12, Drysta Crosby-Schneider had 6, Rachel Spence, Autumn Fischer, Grace McElroy, Meijan Leaf and Rhys Cannava had four, Ellie Burns had three and Josie Sheridan had two.
Nenana Invitational Tournament
Both the Nikolaevsk girls and boys began the tournament with victories. The Nikolaevsk girls play Minto in the semifinals today at 3:30 p.m., while the Warriors boys plays Tok at 5 p.m.
The Nikolaevsk boys started the tournament with a 58-51 victory over Minto.
The Warriors took a 20-12 lead after the first quarter and were able to make that stand up over the course of the game.
Kosta Fefelov had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Nikolaevsk, going 4 for 6 from 2-point range and 5 of 11 from 3-point range. Zachary Trail added nine points and 11 rebounds, while Justin Trail had 12 points and Lukah Kalugin had 10 points.
The Nikolaevsk girls started with a 59-15 victory over Tok. The Warriors led 14-3 after the first quarter and 27-7 at halftime.
Elizabeth Fefelov had 25 points and 16 rebounds, going 12 of 20 from the floor. Also for the Warriors, Markiana Yakunin had 16 points, Hannah Gerasimof had nine points, Sophia Klaich had three points and Emilee Gerasimof, Kerianna Lasiter and Serafima Mametieff had two points.
Homer Winter Carnival
The Homer boys opened up play in their host tournament with a resounding 68-25 victory over Kotzebue.
Eyoab Knapp had 18 points for Homer, while Parker Lowny had 15, Michael Munns had 13, River Mann had nine, Josiah Raymond had seven and Ethan Anderson had four. Kai Whitmor had eight for Kotzebue.
The Homer girls opened up with a 35-28 loss to Kotzebue. The Huskies took a 7-0 lead after the first quarter, but Homer cut the lead to 16-12 at halftime. Kotzebue then won the second half 19-16.
Laveh Makiski had 13 points to lead Kotzebue, while Laura Inama had nine points.
In the early girls game, King Cove topped Galena 85-82.
Elaina Mack of King Cove and Pearle Green of Galena waged an incredible battle in the game, with each scoring 44 points. Also for King Cove, Sadie Newton had 13 points, while Jalaya Duarte had 12 points. For Galena, Adam Kaganak added 23 points.
In the early boys game, Galena topped King Cove 59-25. Joseph Riddle had 18 points for Galena, while Patrick Po added 14 points. For King Cove, Riley Coso had nine points.
Huskies 35, Mariners 28
Kotzebue 7 9 10 9 —35
Homer 0 12 8 8 —28
KOTZEBUE (35) — Swanson 8, Makiski 13, Gallahorn 9, Schaeffer 4, Baldwin 1.
HOMER (28) — Rhodes 0, Morris 0, Bishop 4, Anderson 0, Doughty 4, Inama 9, Carroll 8, Hatfield 3.
3-point goals — Kotzebue 3 (Gallahorn 3); Homer (Inama).