Last weekend, Kodiak’s boys picked up their first Northern Lights Conference basketball win of the season.
They hope to at least double their win total this weekend when Soldotna comes to town for a pair of NLC contests. Today’s game tips at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s starts at 5 p.m.
Despite splitting with Kenai last week, the team was pleased to get off the snide — the Bears were 0-8 against 4A teams this season prior to last Friday’s 46-34 win over the Kardinals.
“Any time you get a win against a 4A team is awesome,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said. “The kids felt good. They came into the locker room and held their heads up high.”
Anderson took blame for Saturday’s 47-38 loss to Kenai.
“The second night I made a coaching decision to not play any zone,” he said. “I got to get a couple guys in shape, so that was the reason I stayed in man-to-man.”
Soldotna comes to Kodiak with a 2-2 NLC record, 7-9 overall and a new coach in Mark Tuter. Tuter, a longtime girls coach at Soldotna, replaced six-year coach Mark Johnson on the bench this season.
“We match up pretty well with them this year compared to last year,” Anderson said. “I know what they are going to play and I have known coach (Mark) Tuter for a long time.”
The Stars have lost to Wasilla (41-31) and Colony (62-55) and beat Kenai (67-63) and Palmer (45-39).
Kodiak stands at 1-3 in the NLC, 3-13 overall.
While the boys are playing Soldotna on the Rock, the girls are playing Soldotna on the Peninsula.
Today’s game starts at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s begins at 1 p.m.
Both teams are returning to NLC play after playing in tournaments last week. Kodiak finished second at the Seahawk Classic, while Soldotna was fourth in the maroon bracket at the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout.
Kodiak lost the first game of the Classic to Sitka, but rebounded with wins against host Seward and ACS.
“The next two days they really came together,” Kodiak coach Krista Hicks said. “When the girls all play together they all have a good attitude and nobody is getting down about their performance.”
Kodiak is looking to snap a two-game NLC skid after starting with four straight wins. Soldotna is 1-3 in the NLC.