Saturday hoops roundup: Bethel sweeps Nikiski to take Donlin Gold titles

The Nikiski girls and boys basketball teams finished play at the Bethel Donlin Gold Invitational on Saturday with losses to Bethel, which won both the girls and boys titles.

Both the Nikiski and Bethel girls went into Saturday’s game at 2-0 in the tourney, but the Warriors won 55-49 to take the tournament and drop the Bulldogs to 4-7 overall.

Kailey Stynsberg had 16 for the Bulldogs, while Ashlynne Playle had 12, Shelby Burman had nine, Savanna Stock and Avery White had five and Maggie Grenier had two.

For the Bethel girls, Allie Alexie had 18, Briella Herron had 16, Isabel Lieb had 15, and Kyana Harpak and Ciera Harpak each had three.

The Bethel boys topped Nikiski 68-54 as the Bulldogs finished third at 1-2 in the tournament and are 2-11 overall.

Seth Payne pumped in 15 to pace the Bulldogs, while Charlie Chamberlain had 13, Braeden Porter had 12, Drew Handley had 11 and David Weathers had three.

For Bethel, Greg Turner had 19, Mathew Fredericks had 18, Mason Fitka had 13, Madden Cockroft had nine, Gustoff Erickson had five, and Brian Guest and Ellis Johnson each had two.

Playle won the post moves competition for Nikiski, while Playle and Grenier made the all-tournament team. Drew Handley made the all-tournament team for the Nikiski boys.

Wasilla girls 56, Soldotna 21

The host Warriors dropped the Stars to 2-2 in the Northern Lights Conference and 4-6 overall.

Kaytlin McAnelly had nine to pace Soldotna, while Josie Sheridan had seven, Alex Lee and Morgan Lemm had two, and Tanner Inman had one.

For the Warriors, Layla Hays had 18, Mielee Merchant had 13, Mylee Anderson had nine, Livia Breshears had eight, Kinley Linch had three, Savannah Kroon and Sommer Polty had two and Claire Bredburg had one.

Wasilla boys 72, Soldotna 40

The host Warriors dropped the Stars to 1-3 in the Northern Lights Conference and 2-9 overall.

Bartlett boys 62, Ninilchik 57

The Wolverines boys dropped to 11-2 overall and took sixth place in the O’Brady Invitational at South after the loss to the Golden Bears.

Jaylin Scott had 26 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Colvin Moore added 14, while Rowan Mahoney had 10, Peyton Edens and Kade McCorison had three, and Wyatt McCloskey had one.

Seward girls 31, Homer 25

The visiting Seahawks notched a Peninsula Conference victory to move to 2-1 in the league and 5-2 overall, while Homer dropped to 0-2 and 2-5.

Seward got off to a slow start, trailing 9-4 at halftime, but won the second half 27-16.

Hailey Ingalls had 14 to pace the Seahawks, while Lena Jagielski had 11, Robin Cronin had five and Ava Jagielski had one.

For Homer, Bethany Engebretsen had seven, Minadora Reutov had six, Channing Lowney had four, and Sydney Shelby, Lillie Mae Kuhn, Emily Owens and Gracie Miotke had two.

Homer boys 40, Seward 31

The host Mariners notched their first victory of the season. Homer is now 1-1 in the Peninsula Conference and 1-7 overall. Seward falls to 1-2 and 2-4.

Homer led 20-16 at the half, and clung to a 29-25 lead heading to the fourth quarter before closing on an 11-6 kick.

Morgan Techie led the Mariners with 10, while Lucas Story had eight, Lance Seneff had six, Niko Sulczynski and Nathan Overson had five, and Trent Fell and Theo McDonough had three.

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