SoHi girls, boys win holiday tourneys

The Soldotna girls basketball team won the Prep Division of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic on Monday by defeating West Willis High School 57-32.

SoHi head coach wrote in a text that after taking a 22-19 lead after the first half, the Stars clamped down defensively and started finishing offensively.

All 10 players who got in the game scored for Soldotna, with Josie Sheridan leading the way with 15 points and Ituau Tuisaula scoring 14.

Also for the Stars, Morgan Bouschor had seven points, Autumn Fischer had five points, Mikayla Leadeans had four points, Kianna Holland and Rachel Spence had three points, and Ellie Burns, Meijan Leaf and Drysta Crosby-Schneider each had two points.

The Stars are now off until a Nome tournament on Jan. 9. SoHi plays Kotzebue at 2 p.m.

Capital City Classic

The Soldotna boys basketball team defeated Juneau-Douglas 54-52 on Monday to take the title of the round-robin Capital City Classic in Juneau.

Jersey Truesdell was MVP of the tournament, while Ray Chumley and Tyler Morrison were on the all-tournament team.

In the title game, Truesdell had 21 points to lead the way, while Mekhai Rich and Ethan Sewell added 10 apiece. The Stars took a 27-20 lead at halftime, held that seven-point lead through the third quarter, then successfully held off the Crimson Bears in the fourth quarter.

Monday boys

Stars 54, Crimson Bears 52

Soldotna 10 17 14 13 —54

Juneau 10 10 14 18 — 52

SOLDOTNA (54) — Rich 10, Sewell 10, Morrison 0, Hanson 3, Chumley 7, Truesdell 21, Johnson 0, Rosin 3.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (52) — Elizarde 4, McCurley 6, Bryant 0, McCormick 12, Nichols 8, Soto 0, Kriegmont 18, Watson 4, Salaver 0.

3-point goals — Soldotna 6 (Truesdell 5, Sewell); Juneau 7 (McCormick 3, McCurley 2, Kriegmont 2). Team fouls — Soldotna 16, Juneau 15. Fouled out — none.

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