Homer girls take second at Winter Carnival Tourney

• Senior Sam Reinert paces his Mariners with 44 points in 3 games
By Sean Pearson
Homer Tribune

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson - Homer freshman Lyndsay Brown dives for a loose ball in the Lady Mariners’ 38-15 win over the Grace Christian Lady Grizzlies on Friday night at Alice Witte Gymnasium.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson - Homer freshman Lyndsay Brown dives for a loose ball in the Lady Mariners’ 38-15 win over the Grace Christian Lady Grizzlies on Friday night at Alice Witte Gymnasium.

The Homer Lady Mariners played some of their best basketball of the season with a second-place finish at their Homer Winter Carnival Tournament over the weekend.
And, while they certainly would have preferred to take the top spot, junior Tayla Cabana assures her team had plenty of fun.
“I’m happy with how our team played,” Cabana said. “Everyone worked really hard out on the court, which is always something we strive for.”
The Lady M’s opened play on Thursday with a 39-35 squeaker over the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles. Homer started strong, grabbing a 27-14 lead after the first half of play. CIA began a steady comeback in the second half, outscoring the Lady Mariners 6-2 in the third quarter and 15-10 in the fourth.
But Homer hung on for the win, thanks in part to a 20-point performance by Cabana. Aurora Waclawski and Megan Gee each added six.
On Friday, the Lady M’s squared off against the Grace Christian Lady Grizzlies, and let their defense speak for itself. Homer held Grace to one point in both the first and third quarters to sail to a 38-15 win. The Lady Mariners led 26-7 at the half.
Ten different Homer players scored, with freshman Madison Akers picking up a game-high seven points — all in the second quarter.
“Our defense was pretty good over the weekend, but lately we’ve been fouling a lot,” Cabana noted. “We all need to improve on moving our feet more to get away from the fouling.”
Cabana said she was happy, however, with her teams’ offensive effort.
“I was very excited to see everyone shooting. That’s the only way to score,” she explained. “Coach always tells us, ‘If you’ve got the open shot, take it.’ And that’s exactly what we did.”
With two wins under their belt, Homer faced the Nikiski Lady Bulldogs on Saturday for the tournament championship. And that’s where the Lady Mariners’ winning stopped.
Nikiski took control of the game early on, outscoring Homer in every quarter to come away with the 56-27 win and the Winter Carnival Tourney title.
Akers added eight more points against the Lady Bulldogs.

Mariner boys go 1-2

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson - Homer Senior Sam Reinert defends a Valdez Buccaneer in Friday’s Winter Carnival Tournament game at the high school. Reinert led the Mariners with 44 points over the three-game weekend tourney.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson - Homer Senior Sam Reinert defends a Valdez Buccaneer in Friday’s Winter Carnival Tournament game at the high school. Reinert led the Mariners with 44 points over the three-game weekend tourney.

Homer boys had a bit of a rougher time at the home tournament, falling in their first game Thursday to the West Valley Wolf Pack from Fairbanks.
The M’s kept things close in the first quarter, trailing by only two points. However, West Valley turned up the heat in period two, pumping in 21 points to Homer’s 16 and taking a 36-29 halftime lead. They outscored Homer 17-10 in the third quarter to win the game 68-54.
Junior Quinn Daugharty and senior Sam Reinert each had 10 points for the Mariners. Nathan Suydam added nine.
Friday saw Homer face off against a hot-handed Buccaneer team from Valdez. The M’s kept pace with the Bucs in the first quarter, matching them shot-for-shot with 12 points. A 16-11 Valdez run in the second period put them up 28-23 at the half, but kept Homer within striking distance.
But, thanks to some dead-on accurate three-point shooting, the Bucs outlasted the M’s 56-45. Reinert again led Homer scorers, this time with 15. Sophomore Sheldon Hutt picked up 11, while senior Mark McGregor added eight.
Following their early struggles, Homer returned on Saturday to grab a healthy 50-35 win over the Nikiski Bulldogs. They led 22-15 at the half, and just opened things up from there. M’s again relied on Reinert to lead them with 19 points, followed by 14 from McGregor.
Both Homer boys and girls teams will face Nikiski again on Friday at home.
Girls varsity starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m. The boys junior varsity team hosts the Seldovia Sea Otters at noon on Saturday.

Homer Winter Carnival

GIRLS

Mariners - 39, Eagles - 35
Homer — 9 — 18 — 4 — 10 — 39
CIA — 4 — 10 — 6 — 15 — 35

Homer: Oliver 2 0-0 4, Gee 1 2-2 6, Koplin 1 0-0 3, Waclawski 3 0-0 6, Isenhour 1 0-0 2, Cabana 8 4-7 20.
Totals: 16 6-9 39.
3-pointers: Homer 1 (Koplin).
Team fouls: Homer 20; CIA 14.

Mariners - 38, Grizzlies - 15
Homer — 9 — 17 — 4 — 8 — 38
Grace — 1 — 6 — 1 — 7 — 15

Homer: Akers 3 0-2 7, Gee 3 0-0 6, Koplin 3 0-0 6, Alexander 0 2-2 2, Hill 1 0-0 2, Draves 0 2-4 2, Isenhour 1 0-0 2, Brown 2 0-0 4, Luck 2 0-0 4, Cabana 1 0-2 3.
Totals: 16 4-10 38.
3-pointers: Homer 2 (Akers, Cabana).
Team fouls: Homer 14; Grace 13.

BOYS

Mariners - 54, Wolfpack - 68
Homer — 13 — 16 — 10 — 15 — 54
West Valley — 15 — 21 — 17 — 15 — 68

Homer: Beachy 1 0-0 2, Reutov 1 1-2 3, Daugharty 4 0-2 10, Reinert 5 0-2 10, Suydam 4 0-0 9, Brown 2 0-0 4, McGregor 3 0-0 7, Hutt 3 3-4 9.
Totals: 23 4-10 54.
3-pointers: Homer 4 (Daugharty 2, Suydam, McGregor).
Team fouls: Homer 8; W. Valley 8.

Mariners - 45, Buccaneers - 56
Homer — 12 — 11 — 10 — 12 — 45
Valdez — 12 — 16 — 18 — 15 — 56

Homer: Reutov 1 0-0 2, Daugharty 3 0-0 7, Reinert 5 5-5 15, Brown 1 0-0 2, McGregor 3 2-2 8, Hutt 4 3-7 11.
Totals: 17 10-14 45.
3-pointers: Homer 1 (Daugharty).
Team fouls: Homer 9; Valdez 11.

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