Mariners end challenging season with losses at Regions

• Lady M’s win 2, refuse to go down without a fight
By Sean Pearson
Homer Tribune

When you look at win/loss records, stats and scorebooks for the 2012-13 basketball season, neither Mariner team had a particularly great year. But numbers can only tell so much.
Homer’s program moved to a new conference this year, which often meant facing some teams that were relatively unknown to them. They struggled with injuries early on. The Lady M’s lost senior Kayla Hutt to an ankle injury that kept her on the bench all season. The boys watched games start slipping away after losing junior Konstantin Reutov to a broken wrist and sophomore Kenneth Schneider to a broken collarbone in the M’s game against Houston. And, while junior standout Quinn Daugharty was able to help out in a few games, he wrestled all season with nagging back spasms that wreaked havoc on his playing time.
No one on either team, however, was willing to call it quits.
“It was a rough year for Homer basketball, but I’m proud of the team,” said senior Sam Reinert, who helped out the Mariners at Regions with 28 points. “We struggled through injuries the whole time, but our young team really grew up.”
The No. 4-ranked Mariners exited last weekend’s Southcentral Conference Tournament in Seward fairly early, after dropping consecutive games to Anchorage Christian School and Skyview. The 32-69 Thursday thrashing by the No. 1-ranked ACS Lions came as no big surprise. The Lions nailed 10 3-pointers in the game, and took a 57-15 lead into the half. Reinert scored 16 in Homer’s losing effort.
The boys in blue would not go down quite as easily against the No. 2-ranked Skyview Panthers, falling in a disappointing 35-36 squeaker to end the M’s season.
Homer looked strong early as they jumped out to a 12-5 lead after the first quarter. Things seemed to pick up from there, as the Mariners maintained a 25-14 halftime lead. And things were looking remarkably rosy when the M’s led 30-21 going into the final quarter. However, a 15-5 fourth-quarter run by the Panthers abruptly ended Homer’s season. Reinert scored 12 points for the game, followed by Mark McGregor and Sheldon Hutt with six points each.
“I love the program – and all the guys — and I’m sad to be done playing,” Reinert said. “But I know that next year, after everyone’s healed up, those guys will do great things. And we will always be one big family.”
While the Lady Mariners often put up a ruthless defense and offered excellent rebounding, they consistently struggled throughout the season to make shots. Their first conference tourney game against the Houston Hawks on Thursday would prove no different. Homer junior Tayla Cabana pumped in 17 points, but Houston’s outside shooters racked up eight 3-pointers to cruise to a 55-34 win.
Facing what could possibly be their last game of the season against Grace Christian on Friday morning, the No. 3-seeded Lady M’s dug deep. After jumping out to a 25-17 halftime lead, they held on for the 47-40 win over the Grizzlies, and lived to play another game on Saturday. Cabana again scored 17 points for Homer, followed by Haley Oliver and Madison Akers, each picking up eight points for the game.
The Friday win pitted the Lady Mariners against the No. 2-ranked Nikiski Bulldogs in an early Saturday morning match-up. The Lady Bulldogs opened the game with a 17-9 first-quarter run, and just kept going. Homer fought back hard in the second half, but couldn’t overcome the 28-17 Nikiski halftime lead. The Lady M’s saw their season end in a 39-45 loss.
Oliver was top-scorer for Homer on Saturday with 10 points, while Akers added eight. A tight Bulldog defense held Cabana to only six points.
The Lady Mariners will lose a few players to graduation this spring, but look to return with strong numbers next year.


Mariners — 47, Grizzlies — 40
Grace — 9 — 8 — 9 — 14 — 40
Homer — 10 — 15 — 9 — 13 — 47

Homer: Oliver 3 2-4 8, Gee 1 0-2 2, Koplin 2 3-7 7, Akers 4 0-0 8, Waclawski 1 0-0 2, Isenhour 0 1-2 1, Brown 1 0-0 2, Cabana 3-8 17.
Totals: 19 9-26 47.
Team fouls: Grace 21, Homer 22.

Bulldogs — 49, Mariners — 35
Homer — 9 — 8 — 7 — 11 — 35
Nikiski — 17 — 11 — 10 — 14 — 49

Homer: Oliver 4 2-4 10, Gee 1 3-5 5, Koplin 1 0-0 2, Akers 4 0-0 8, Waclawski 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 0-0 2, Cabana 3 0-1 6.
Totals: 15 5-9 35.
Team fouls: Homer 17, Nikiski 14.


Lions — 69, Mariners — 32
Homer — 2 — 13 — 12 — 5 — 32
ACS — 21 — 36 — 10 — 2 — 69

Homer: Reutov 1 0-0 2, Honing 2 0-0 5, Reinert 7 2-8 16, McGregor 0 1-2 1, Walsworth 1 0-4 2, Deaver 1 0-0 2, Hutt 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 14 3-15 32.
3-point goals: Homer 1; ACS 10
Team fouls: Homer 16, ACS 20.

Panthers — 36, Mariners — 35
Skyview — 5 — 9 — 7 — 36
Homer — 12 — 13 — 5 — 5 — 35

Homer: Reutov 2 0-0 5, Reinert 5 1-2 12, Brown 0 1-4 1, McGregor 2 2-4 6, Deaver 1 0-0 2, Hutt 2 2-2 6. Totals: 13 7-13 35.
3-point goals: Skyview 5; Homer 2 (Reutov, Brown).
Team fouls: Skyview 18, Homer 12.
Fouled out: Reinert.

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2 Responses for “Mariners end challenging season with losses at Regions”

  1. brice wilson says:

    how do you go down 57-15 at the half against ACS? At least everyone is “having fun” instead of being coached winning basketball. Moving to 3A should enable the Mariner program to go to state every year. The coach should make way for someone to teach modern styles instead of the robot techniques of the 1950s which have systematically dragged the program into the dirt.

    • brice wilson says:

      I know it sounds like sour grapes, but I truly belive that winning is fun, and i would rather teach my kids life lessons which include competing and working for what they want to achieve, instead of everyone getting an A for effort. When they go into the real world, our straight A students will be overcome with competition from the rest of the world. I have a graduating senior from college who schooled in Homer, and I am very concerned about his future. Sports is a way to prepare kids for life, and in an ‘everybody wins if they have fun’ structure, many kids lose in the long run.

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