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Story last updated at 4:14 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cheers & tears

Mariners beat Panthers, but fall to Kardinals on their home court; this weekend Homer heads to Nome to play

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

Homer High School girls' and boys' basketball teams had a bag of mixed emotions last weekend with back-to-back games against central peninsula rivals.

On Friday, both teams traveled up the road to Skyview, where the boys won by a four-point lead against the Panthers 53-46. The girls also took home their first win of the official season scoring 38 points against Skyview's 21.

It was a different story Saturday when Homer hosted Kenai for two tough games. The Mariner boys lost 63-36 and the Mariner girls lost 57-23.

Friday's success was lead by senior Robin Glosser who scored 22 points in the game.

"I was just feeling good tonight and shots were just going in," said Glosser the night of the game.

Sophomore Tayla Cabana netted 15 points and senior Elissa Tutt made nine points to contribute to the girls' victory against Skyview.

The winning streak from Friday unfortunately did not carry on through the weekend as Homer's teams were pinned against the No.1 seeded team in the conference, Kenai.

The boys' game started with a nine-point deficit in the first quarter and the Mariners were never able to even the score. By the end of the third quarter, Homer was down by 20 points.

"We gave everything we had, but we were out-played," said boys' Head Coach Mark Casseri. "Kenai is our toughest competition in the division and we need to step up to that level."

Senior Dyllan Day showered the scoreboard with three 3-point shots out of his 14 points made for the Mariners and Glosser, on fire from Friday, sunk 12 shots.

Other successful shots were made by Konstantin Reutov, Quinn Daugharty, Garet Moyer, Mario Glosser and Ryan Cotney.

The girls' game took a similar track against the Kards. Kenai gained a 12-point lead in the first quarter and never eased up.

"We played well in some avenues, but also had our struggles," said girls' Head Coach Dennis Welch. "We are a young team and so we're still finding ourselves."

The Lady Mariners had two injuries which took two of their scoring players off the court.

"We need to spring back after these injuries, we need all our players for Nome," said junior Miranda Beach who sprained her ankle during the game.

Beach saw a few of the team's struggles in excessive fouls.

"We need to pick up our game skill. We have trouble transitioning right now," said Beach.

Junior Haley Oliver lead the team with nine points, junior Kayla Hutt scored seven points, and junior Tayla Cabana netted four points. Other hot shots were junior Miranda Beach and senior Elissa Tutt.

Homer will fly to Nome this weekend to play against Nome-Betz High School.

Joey Klecka of the Pennisula Clarion contributed to this story.