Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 7:42 PM on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Basketball teams back at the helm Boys win last four games;

girls win two of four as season heads toward end

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer

Homer boys showed they can navigate to the basket last weekend at the Ninilchik Invitational. The majority of the squad scored in all three games, which led to three wins and the tournament trophy. The Ninilchik boys also went undefeated in the tournament, but took second to Homer based on total points.

On Thursday, Homer topped Tri-Valley 69-27. Quinn Daugharty and Devon Kennelty netted 12 and 15 points for the Mariners.

Strong scoring by all of the Ms carried them to a 75-14 win over Northway Friday.

On Saturday, a run of 26 points in the second period propelled Homer past the Nikolaevsk Warriors, even as Nikolaevsk's Mark Fefelof posted 18 points for the game. Reinert and Kennelty each scored 12 points, while Jester added 10 for the 66-38 win.

Reinert, Kennelty and Jester were selected for the All-Tournament team, voted by coaches and a few members of the crowd.

Head Coach Mark Casseri said Reinert, a sophomore, had a good weekend.

"Sam stepped up, scoring, rebounding, all around hustle," Casseri said.

Kennelty won the slamdunk contest in Saturday morning's skills competition. Elements of Kennelty's style of dunk caught the judges' attention, said Casseri. "Other guys were able to throw it down with one hand but he uses two hands," he said.

Casseri was pleased with the tournament play.

"Scoring was pretty consistent for everybody. It was good for the boys to get some wins," he said.

Homer girls started the tournament with a win, finishing a 5-girl Tri-Valley team 47-34. The game was tied at nine going into the second quarter. Homer put in strong second and third quarters and scored just a point more than Tri-Valley in the fourth. Liz Needham paced the game with 14 points. Ashley Ketelle added seven and Hayley Oliver, Krystal Edens and Kayla Hutt each put in six.

It looked like the Mariner girls would continue their momentum in Friday's game against Northway, but it went the other way, ending with a 34-28 loss. Northway's Desiree Demitt scored 19 points in the game; K. Edens was Homer's top scorer, followed by Ketelle with another 7. Briana Edens added 5 and Tutt and Needham each 4.

All of the Mariners scored in the Saturday game against Nikolaevsk, resulting in a 51-20 win. Ketelle racked up 12 points and Needham, 8.

Ketelle and Needham were chosen for the All-Tournament team, and Head Coach Dennis Welch was encouraged by all of the girls' performance.

"Everybody played good. We finally put four quarters together like we were trying to do all year," he said.

The Ms played tough against Skyview on Tuesday night. The Mariner boys won 51-48 and the girls lost 25-43.

The Mariner girls and boys host Palmer and Colony Friday and Saturday and Soldotna on Feb. 22.