• Cabana, Akers combine for 83 points in three games
By Sean Pearson
The Homer Lady Mariners picked up three wins at home to take first in their own Homer Winter Carnival over the weekend. It’s been a long time coming.
“It’s been quite a while since the Homer girls won their own tournament,” said Mariner senior Tayla Cabana.
Indeed, it has.
The Lady M’s opened play on Thursday with a 47-35 win over Tikigaq. Sophomore Madison Akers led the Lady M’s scoring with 17 points, while Cabana added 10.
Homer next faced Delta Junction, where they squeaked by with a 42-38 win. The two teams were evenly matched, as the both scored 11 first-quarter points, and the Lady Huskies held a 27-25 lead at the half.
The game was tied at 33 as play headed into the fourth quarter, where Akers and Cabana combined for all nine of Homer’s points and led the team to victory. Akers had the hot hand for the evening, picking up 22 total points, while Cabana added 12.
After surviving the brief scare, the Lady M’s held on through Saturday to win over Grace Christian and take the tournament title.
In yet another tight and low-scoring game, Homer outscored the Lady Grizzlies 7-2 in the fourth quarter to take home the 28-20 win. Akers and Cabana both had 11 points in the game.
“Overall, I think the tournament was great,” Cabana said. “It was awesome to play against some teams we’ve never played against before and meet new people.”
While she thinks the team played well over the weekend, at the same time, she sees some things they could definitely improve upon.
“We need to talk more on defense — and get excited about playing,” she said. “There’s always something to improve.”
Cabana also noted improved passing on offense, and better success at getting the ball inside to the open player.
“I think we have a very strong team, and every single person contributes to it,” she said of the Lady M’s current status. “If we all work together and work on some of the little things, I think we’ll be unstoppable.”
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