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Story last updated at 6:04 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kards capsize Mariners

by Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer


John Wensley

Mariner Devon Kennelty blocks a shot by Kenai's Shaner Spalding in Saturday's boys varsity game.

Water damage to Kenai's gym floor caused the Mariners' first home basketball games to come a couple weeks earlier than anticipated. None of the home teams could quite keep afloat against the Kardinals' shots.

Junior varsity girls lost 16-47; the JV boys lost 20-67.

The Kardinals controlled the varsity game from the beginning, racking up a 17-point lead by the end of the first quarter. At half time the score stood 29-9.

"They're big, they're physical, they're fast, they've been playing together for a while. They can work the ball. They can play awesome defense. They're a good team, there's no doubt about it," Coach Dennis Welch said.

"We've still got a lot of young kids. ...They're still trying to find themselves on the floor. We're trying to develop court awareness," he said.

Homer's Haley Oliver scored 7 of the Mariners' 13 points, Briana Edens added four and Dakota Tennison added two.

"We're trying. It's going to take some time. Everybody's staying positive. We just keep working hard and not let these things get us too bummed out. Everybody's committed to getting better. That's about all we can do," said Welch.

The Mariner boys put on a good show against the Kards, but also struggled to put the ball through the net.

"That was one of the most aggressive games I've seen us play," center Devon Kennelty said.

"We played decent defense, we had decent ball movement, we just couldn't put the ball in the basket," said Coach Mark Casseri.

"Both teams played real hard. But the bottom line is you have to score," he said.

Kennelty and Garet Moyer notched 10 points each for the Mariners, while Jonathan Jester added 8. Heath Johnson and John Akers each added a three-pointer and Robin Glosser made two baskets.

"They were playing really physical and we didn't step it up until halfway through the game," Jester said.

Casseri's boys know they've got some kinks to work out, and are ready to put in the effort.

"We've got to work on our transition around the three point line and we've got to work on our shots, too," Kennelty said.

Homer will face Kenai again in Kenai on Jan. 26. This weekend, Mariners varsity teams head to Kotzebue.