Homer hoops season ends at conference tourney

The Homer girls and boys basketball teams both lost Friday in the second-place bracket at the Class 3A Peninsula Conference tournament at Grace Christian in Anchorage to see their seasons come to an end.

The No. 4 seed Mariners girls, who finished the season 8-18 overall, started the tournament Thursday with a 28-23 victory over No. 5 Nikiski. That moved Homer to Thursday’s semifinals, where Homer lost 70-24 to the top seed and eventual tournament champion Grace Christian. That put Homer in the second-place bracket, where the Mariners lost to No. 3 Kenai 44-23 on Friday.

The No. 4 seed Mariners boys, who finished 3-22, lost in the first round to No. 5 Nikiski 61-55 on Thursday. Homer then lost 46-41 to No. 3 Seward in the second-place bracket Friday.

In the Thursday victory against Nikiski for the Homer girls, Channing Lowney and Sydney Shelby had seven, Bethany Engebretsen had five, Lawson Alexson had four, Minadora Reutov and Gracie Miotke had two and Hannah Stonorov had one. For the Bulldogs, Shelby Burman had seven, Ashlynne Playle had four, Savanna Stock and Avery Ellis had three, and Avery White, Maggie Grenier and Emma Weeks had two.

In the Thursday loss to Grace Christian, Sophie Lentfer had 15 points for the Grizzlies, while Ella Boerger, Poppy Wiggars-Pidduck and M.J. Van der Horst had 12, Olivia Jones had nine, Molly Schild had five, Jaden Helton had three and Eden Bond had two.

For Homer, Miotke had six, Engebretsen had five, Shelby and Alexson had four, Lowney and Stonorov had two, and Kylee Akee had one.

In the Friday loss to Kenai, the Kardinals came out and dominated the first half, taking a 31-7 lead. Emma Beck had 13 of her 25 points for Kenai in the first half. Chloe Goldsby added nine, while Malerie Nunn had five, and Ella Yragui and Emilee Wilson each had two.

For Homer, Reutov, Emily Owens and Engebretsen had four, Lowney had three, and Stonorov, Juliann Techie, Alexson and Miotke had two.

In the Thursday loss to Nikiski, Drew Handley had 20 for the Bulldogs, while Charlie Chamberlain had 16, David Weathers had 10, Seth Payne had eight, Braeden Porter had six and Carter Eiter had one. For Homer, Niko Sulczynski had 16, Lucas Story had 13, Lance Seneff had nine, Riley Huffman had seven, Trent Fell and Einer Pederson had three, and Morgan Techie had two.

In Friday’s loss to Seward, the Seahawks boys led 12-9 after the first quarter, but trailed 22-21 at halftime. The Seahawks then stormed to a 36-25 lead after the third quarter and held off the Mariners in the fourth quarter.

Ben Ambrosiani had 17 for Seward, while Nick Ambrosiani had 12, Bergen Davis had nine, Ozzy Deel had six and Emerson Cross had two. For Homer, Techie had 13, Fell had 12, Seneff had eight, Story had five, Sulczynski had two and Nathan Overson had one.

In the all-conference awards given out Friday, Stonorov and Shelby made the first team for the Homer girls, while Seneff made the first team for the Homer boys.

The cheer all-conference team included Sameah McGhee of Homer and Ally Hight of Homer.

Engebretsen made the second team for the Homer girls, while Techie and Story made the second team for Homer boys.

Tuaong Tran of Homer made the good sport team for cheer.