February 24th | Sean Pearson
Mariner basketball comes home this weekend
Homer basketball teams struggled on the road over the weekend, dropping all four of their games to teams from the North.
The Lady Mariners' scoring woes continued in a Friday match-up against Kotzebue. In the first half, scoring was a struggle for both teams, as the Lady Huskies took a 18-7 lead at the break. Kotzebue held Homer to single digits in every quarter to cruise to their 45-19 win.
Uliana Reutov led the M's with nine points, before fouling out in a game that saw Homer commit 17 fouls to Kotzebue's six.
The Lady Mariners upped their play on Saturday in a game against the Monroe Catholic Rams. The two teams battled for seventh place in the ACS Lady Grizzly Hardwood Classic in Anchorage. Play was even, albeit low-scoring in the first half, as Monroe led 11-10 at the break.
A 16-5 Ram run in the third quarter blew the game open for Monroe, who went on to win 34-23.
Rylee Doughty led the Mariners with seven points, while Reutov added five.
Homer boys also struggled as they faced Nome on both Friday and Saturday at the Far North Tournament — deep in Nanook territory. The Mariners put up quite a fight on Friday, falling by only four points in a 47-51 showdown.
The M's came out a bit colder on Saturday, and fell 37-51 to the Nanook team.
The Mariners traveled to Nikiski Tuesday to take on the Bulldogs, but results from the games were not available by press time.
Homer hosts Grace Christian tonight (Thursday, Feb. 23), and Anchorage Christian Schools on Friday. Girls varsity games start at 6:30 p.m., with boys varsity games following around 8 p.m.
Nikolaevsk boys win Su-Valley Classic
After finishing in first place at the Su-Valley Classic over the weekend, the Nikolaevsk Warriors returned home to host local rival Ninilchik on Monday — and fell hard, 50-76.
A hot-handed Dalton Geppert fired up his Wolverine team with a game-high 30 points; 21 of them came off seven 3-pointers. Ninilchik jumped out to a 27-14 first-quarter lead, and never looked back.
Austin White scored 20 for Ninilchik, while Tyler Presley added 13. Presley also shot 5-5 at the free-throw line.
Nikit Fefelov led the Warriors with 18 points off four 3-pointers. Teammate Zachary Trail added 12 points, and his team was 5-6 from the free-throw line.
In happier times, Nikit Fefelov led Nikolaevsk with 29 points beating Nenana 52-42 on Friday. The win advanced the Warriors to the championship game against host Su Valley. There, Fefelov scored 13 points to lead Nikolaevsk to a 49-39 win.
Nikolaevsk's Michael Trail won the boys "heart and hustle" award, while Nikit Fefelov was named most valuable player of the tournament for his performance. Fefelov and Kalenik Molodih both also made the all-tournament team.
Lady Warriors fight through injuries
With the possible exception of their Friday game at the Su Valley Classic, the Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors also had a good weekend.
The Lady Warriors reportedly struggled with injuries in Friday's semifinal game against Nenana, where they fell 28-68. Elizabeth Fefelov led Nikolaevsk with 14 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Vera Fefelov added five.
In Saturday action, the Lady Warriors beat Tri-Valley 43-40 in a squeaker for third place at the tourney. Nikolaevsk took the lead in the very beginning and never gave it up.
Elizabeth Fefelov and Kristin Klaich each scored 11 points for Nikolaevsk — Fefelov also racked up 16 rebounds. Justina Fefelov won the girls "heart and hustle" award for Nikolaevsk, while Elizabeth Fefelov and Vera Fefelov made the all-tournament team.
Hot off their win over Tri-Valley, the Lady Warriors gave the Lady Wolverines a scare in a 36-35 barnburner Monday at home. Following a 10-4 second-quarter run, Nikolaevsk held an 18-14 margin over Ninilchik at the half. The Lady Wolverines fought back in the third quarter, and used a buzzer-beater to beat the Warriors 36-35.
Vera Fefelov led Nikolaevsk with 13 points, while Elizabeth Fefelov and Kristina Klaich each added nine. As a team, the Lady Wolverines shot 8-10 from the free-throw line.
For Ninilchik, Olivia Delgado pumped in 16 points off three 3-pointers.
stumble in Seldovia
The Nanwalek Eagles lost a Peninsula Conference game against Birchwood Christian on Friday in Seldovia. After jumping out to a 28-5 lead in the first quarter, the Birchwood boys cruised to a 77-36 blowout.
Malachi Joseph led Nanwalek with 14 points.