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Story last updated at 5:52 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mariners fall to Wasilla, Kenai

Basketball teams' Senior Night will be Saturday against Skyview

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News


Angelina Skowronski

After a weekend of loses, the Mariners boys basketball team takes on SoHi on Friday, returning home Saturday for Senior Night and a game against Skyview.

The Mariners had a challenging basketball weekend against teams from Wasilla and Kodiak last week.

Wasilla upset both the Homer's boys and girls on Friday night, while the Mariner boys team hung on strong against Kodiak on Saturday losing by a mere three points, 45-42.

Kodiak's game kept the crowd on their toes with a back and forth scoreboard. Dyllan Day saturated the points in the first half with four sunken shots from the three-point line. The Mariners went into fourth quarter ahead 31-28, where Devon Kennelty kept Homer in the game with 11 points.

"The boys came out and gave everything they had for this game. They played hard and I'm proud of them," said Head Coach Mark Casseri.

With less than a minute left in the game, the Mariners were ahead 42-41. The Kardinals sunk a shot with 38 seconds to go. A penalty was called and Kodiak's Jessie Swearingen made the next two free throw shots. With 22 seconds on the clock, the Mariners got possession of the ball and Konstantin Reutov tried for a three-pointer, but missed.

The game ends 45-42.

"We played good defense, but I think if we had played more consistently we would have done better," said Dyllan Day. "Kodiak is a well-coached team, they were a better team than us today."

Against Wasilla on Friday, the boys lost a painful 66-28. Ryan Cotney was a high scorer for the game with nine points, followed by Dyllan Day, Devon Kennelty and Grant Arsenau with six points each.

The girls also were hurt by Wasilla on Friday, losing 73-14. Scorers for the game were Haley Oliver with four points, Mariah Turner with three points and Maggie Koplin, Valerie Mastolier and Elissa Tutt with two each.

The girls did better in Saturday's Kodiak game with a score of 49-15. Miranda Beach and Elissa Tutt each scored four points against the Kards, and Larsen Fellows, Mariah Turner, and Maggie Koplin each scored two points.

"I am proud of the fact that we played tough, our defense did well today, but we need work on our offense," said Haley Oliver. "The coaching from Mr. Casseri is a different style and a change from what we're used to, but it is working out well."

This will be the only time Homer will see Kodiak and Wasilla this season, and as Regions approach, the competitions gets fiercer.

"All season we talk about peaking at Regions," said Day. "The time has come. We need to get some wins, play our game, and meet our goals."

The Mariners play an away game at SoHi on Friday then bring it back to the end of the road on Saturday for Senior Night against Skyview where Heath Johnson, Ryan Cotney, Josh Rivers, Dyllan Day, Robin Glosser, Devon Kennelty, Garet Moyer, Elissa Tutt, Mariah Turner and Briana Edens will be honored as graduating seniors.