Mariner girls pick up hoops conference win

Homer’s girls varsity basketball team notched a Southcentral Conference victory against Seward on Friday, Jan. 29. Boys varsity faced Seward as well, but experienced a loss.

Both the girls and boys teams will travel back to Seward for a tournament, starting today when they face Glennallen at 3 and 4:30 p.m. The Friday game will see both teams play Seward again at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and then the weekend finishes on Feb. 6 with games against Valdez at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Homer girls 59, Seward 32

The girls varsity win continues their conference win streak, now with a 3-0 record. Overall, the girls varsity team has a 8-1 record, having only lost one of the nine games they have played so far this season.

“We came out with great defensive intensity which lasted the whole game.  All the girls from 1-12 played great and attributed to the big conference win,” said girls varsity basketball head coach Chad Felice. “I’m just real proud of how the girls keep getting better each game.”

Homer jumped out to a 22-1 lead after the first quarter. Senior Mariner Madison Akers poured in 23 points, while senior Kayla Stafford scored 10 points and had four assists. Senior Aurora Waclawski and junior Uliana Reutov both scored nine points each.

Seward boys 83, Homer 49

Seward did most of its damage in the first and fourth quarters, winning the first 18-9 and the fourth 21-7.

“It was a tough game,” said Homer boys varsity basketball head coach Weston Carroll. “Seward has five or six seniors on their team and they full-court pressed the entire game, so it put a lot of pressure on our younger players. I felt the boys worked very hard and they did a lot of good things but we were just got a little hurried and out of sync as a result of the pressure.”

Mariner sophomores Charles Rohr and Koby Etzwiler scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.