The Bethel Warriors and Lady Warriors each have just one remaining game in their respective and competitive visits to the Kenai Peninsula. The Lady Warriors began Friday night’s basketball action on KYUK against the Lady Cardinals of Kenai Central High School; the hosts of the Atigun Incorporated/Powerade Kenai River Challenge Girls Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Warriors led at the end of each quarter, except the one that matters most. Kenai Central held BRHS to just 6 points in the fourth quarter, while putting up 14 points of their own to claim a two-point victory 38-36. Bethel’s Rebecca Brink had an opportunity to tie the game as time expired, but her shot, which looked good, bounced twice on the rim would not fall. Brink would finish the game with 13 points, bested only by teammate Riana Joseph and Kenai’s Justice English who both finished with 17.
The Lady Warriors next game is Saturday at 1:30pm against the Soldotna Stars. KYUK will have live coverage of that game, the final game for the Lady Warriors in the round-robin format tournament.
The other BRHS team took the floor less than ten miles away at Soldotna High School, and just an hour and a quarter after the ladies had tipped off. The Warriors found themselves locked in a tie after one quarter of play at 7 points apiece, but by the end of the half they were able to grab a 19-14 lead. Bethel’s defense shined in the first half limiting Soldotna’s shot attempts. Bethel’s offense never caught a steady rhythm, as turnovers continued cost the Warriors several possessions. For each turnover Bethel committed Soldotna would in-turn oblige with a costly foul, or turnover, of their own and Bethel would hold on to their lead to the last whistle and advance to tomorrow afternoon’s final with a 46-40 victory. The Warriors were led in scoring by Theodore Naneng’s 15 point night, followed by Corey Lapore with 13, while Brett Smith added 12 more as the three combined for 40 of Bethel’s 46 total points. Soldotna’s Daniel McIlroy led all scorers with 17 points.
The Warriors will take on Colony High School in Saturday evening’s championship game. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15pm, and KYUK will have live coverage on 640-AM.