Kenai cagers sweep Skyview

The Kenai Central boys basketball team put up points early and built a lead big enough to withstand a fourth quarter charge from visiting Skyview to win 74-48 Tuesday night at Kenai in Northern Lights Conference action. 

Kenai swept the night as the Kardinals beat the Panthers 47-10 in girls action earlier.

In the boys contest, senior guard AJ Hull and senior forward Bo Reilly led Kenai with 15 points apiece, while Skyview’s top scorer was senior DJ Diaz with 19 points. 

Skyview was without one of its key players, senior Albert White, due to a sprained ankle.

Kenai coach Ken Felchle was happy with the team’s second conference win. 

“Our defense is operating at a high level,” Felchle said. “We’ve been able to smother the other team’s offense, and any opposing coach would be pressed to beat our defense. Another thing is our offensive transitions. We are very fast, and great at valuing the ball. We were able to steal the ball and score on the turnovers.” 

Skyview trailed by 38 at the end of the third quarter, but was able to outscore Kenai 21-9 in the fourth, ultimately falling short. 

“We had a bit of a mental letdown, mostly just silly mistakes,” Reilly said. “We worked well as a team at moving the ball and positioning ourselves.”

Skyview head coach Jesse Settlemyer said overall the team played well, even though there is still some work to do. 

“We need to move the ball more, work on our entry pass, and getting to the post better, as well as our screen plays,” Settlemyer said. “We’re developing our depth and experience, so I like where we’re headed.” 

Felchle noted that the team is likely performing better due to a change in their goal-setting. 

“One thing that’s different about this year is the way we set goals,” Felchle said. “In the past, we would have a goal for the whole season, like make it to state. While we would still like to get to state this year, we’ve been setting one goal a week.”

We work on the challenge in front of us, whatever team we may be playing that week, and it’s working for us.”

“This week we wanted to get a W,” Reilly said. “We wrote ‘team’ in big letters as a goal.” 

Kenai girls 47, Skyview 10

The Kardinals girls basketball team shut out the Panthers in the first quarter and came away with the victory Tuesday night at Kenai.

Carly Norvelle’s 11 points led Kenai, followed by Carolyn Kiefer, who had 10. Bri Pearson of Skyview had four points.

“We’re inexperienced at this point, and we’re trying new offensive schemes,” Skyview coach Kyle McFall said. “I look at the good things that come out of this, and I see us being more aggressive and doing things like cutting to the basket more efficiently.”

Kenai head coach Stacia Rustad decided to bench senior guard Bailey Beeson for much of the game, in order to let some of the younger members gain experience. Nevertheless, Beeson still came away with eight points.

“Caitie Steinbeck had her first varsity points tonight, and Carly did an excellent job using any clear passing lane,” Rustad said. “She could reel in her reaching, because she had some silly fouls, but otherwise had a good game.

“We just need to continue working on boxing out and clearing lanes.”


Tuesday girls

Kardinals 47, Panthers 10



SKYVIEW (10) — Halverson 0 0-0 0, Ahlers 1 0-2 2, D. Derflinger 0 0-0 0, Tromblee 0 0-2 0, Ramsell 0 0-0 0, O’Toole 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 0 1-1 1, Malatesta 1 1-1 3, Schoessler 0 0-0 0, Pearson 2 0-0 4. Totals — 4 2-6 10.

KENAI CENTRAL (47) — English 1 0-0 2, Beeson 3 2-2 8, Kiefer 5 0-0 10, Taylor 4 0-0 8, Steinbeck 1 0-0 2, Norvell 4 3-6 11, Ross 2 0-2 4, Wensley 0 2-2 2. Totals — 20 7-12 47.

3-point goals — none. Team fouls — Skyview 13, Kenai 12. Fouled out — none.


Tuesday boys

Kardinals 74, Panthers 48



SKYVIEW (48) — Reynolds 3 0-2 6, Harling 0 0-0 0, Collier 1 2-2 5, Jones 2 2-4 7, Penrod 2 2-2 6, Henderson 0 0-0 0, Hilbish 1 0-0 2, Schwartz 0 3-6 3, Ramirez 0 0-0 0, Diaz 8 3-7 19. Totals — 17 12-23 48.

KENAI CENTRAL (74) — Springer 0 0-0 0, McKee 2 2-2 6, Hull 6 2-2 15, Oliver 0 0-2 0, Berg 1 0-0 2, Fitt 5 0-0 10, Sandahl 1 0-0 2, Reilly 5 4-5 15, Spalding 4 3-4 11, Kibling 1 2-2 4, Hayes 4 0-0 9, Hansen 0 0-0 0. Totals — 30 13-17 74.

3-point goals — Skyview 2 (Collier 1, Jones 1); Kenai 3 (Hull 1, Reilly 1, Hayes 1). Team fouls — Skyview 13, Kenai 17. Fouled out — none.


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