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Kenai Central cagers sweep Skyview

Posted: February 22, 2012 - 12:11am

The Kenai Central boys were able to escape Skyview with a 51-40 victory Tuesday evening in Northern Lights Conference play.
Skyview suffered through two losses on its senior night, as the Skyview girls dropped their game earlier against Kenai 49-7.
Skyview senior DJ Diaz summed up the boys loss with some optimism.
“With the way we played in the fourth quarter, I think we could’ve came back and got them if we had more time,” Diaz said. “I thought it was a lot closer than what the score says.”
Bo Reilly led Kenai with 15 points, and teammate Colton Hayes had 11.
Skyview was paced by Diaz, who had 19 points, and Preston Penrod had eight.
Skyview was trailing 35-19 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter, before going on a 9-3 run, which was only interrupted by Colton Hayes’ 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Kenai coach Ken Felchle felt his team was a bit sloppy.
“We were not very disciplined tonight, our defense was a little lazy, we didn’t stick with our box-outs, and we were just careless with the basketball,” Felchle said. “That type of play is not going to work come regions.
“I want to give credit to Skyview. They came out and played hard and aggressively. They had that trapping zone defense that was working.”
Diaz had some complimentary words for Kenai as well.
“Defensively, Kenai’s really hard to match up with,” Diaz said. “AJ is so quick, and they have both Shane (Spalding) and Colton (Hayes) in the middle, they’re a tough team to keep up with.”
Kenai and Soldotna match up this Saturday for the last regular season game, before the conference championships begin.
“Bottom line is, games may be difficult to get up for, but no game should be difficult to get going,” Felchle said. “When it’s Kenai and Soldotna, if you can’t get up for that game, then you shouldn’t show up.”
Kenai girls 49, Skyview 7
The Kardinals dished out a healthy helping of points Tuesday night as they beat the Panthers at Skyview.
Morgan Wensley topped Kenai with 15 points, and teammate Carolyn Kiefer had 14 points.
Skyview’s top scorer was Samantha Reynolds with four points.
Kenai head coach Stacia Rustad referenced the two recent losses against Colony and Palmer as motivation for Tuesday’s game.
“Our game plan was to improve, and we came off an emotionally difficult weekend, and the thing I am most proud of is how resilient they are,” Rustad said. “Our goals are where they want to be. There’s just a few more challenges we have to face.”
Wensley credited the team for the hard work and attitude Kenai displayed.
“We played together as a team, took care of the ball, and everyone played their hardest,” Wensley said. “Losing makes us want to work that much harder, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Skyview held its senior night festivities between the girls and boys games, and the eight seniors from both teams were honored.
DJ Diaz, Richard Reynolds, Jordan Jones and Jason Ramirez were introduced from the boys team, and Elizabeth Schoessler, Chelsey Ahlers, Bri Pearson and Stefany Malatesta were introduced from the girls squad.
Ninilchik boys 42,
Nikolaevsk 39
The visiting Wolverines notched a Peninsula Conference victory over the Warriors on Tuesday.
The Warriors trailed 10-2 after the first period and 24-12 at the half, but cut the gap to 28-27 by the end of the third quarter.
Jack Wheeler had 15 points to pace Ninilchik, while Jayke Cooper had seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
For Nikolaevsk, Andre Tipikin had 26 points to lead all scorers.
The Ninilchik girls forfeited the girls game to Nikolaevsk.
Seward girls 34, CIA 21
The visiting Seahawks clamped down on defense to record a nonconference victory over Cook Inlet Academy on Monday.
Seward held CIA to just five points in the first half, while the Seahawks scored 13 points in the frame. Chelsey Clarke had 10 points for the Seahawks, while Meg Berry added nine. Megan Bauder had nine points to lead the Eagles.
Seward JV boys 48, CIA 43
The Seahawks junior varsity topped host Cook Inlet Academy on Monday despite 25 points from David Reischach.
For Seward, Matthew Moore had 19 points, while Tyrone Anderson added 12.

Monday girls
Seahawks 34, Eagles 21
Seward    8    5    15    6    —34
CIA    5    0    8    8    —21
SEWARD (34) — Jackson 0 0-0 0, Kromney 0 0-0 0, VonBorstel 1 2-4 4, Berry 3 1-3 9, Zweifel 1 2-2 5, Stallings 3 0-0 6, Clarke 5 0-0 10. Totals — 13 5-9 34.
COOK INLET ACADEMY (21) — Davidson 0 1-2 1, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Moffis 0 2-2 2, Bauder 3 2-2 9, Hammond 0 0-0 0, M. Powers 1 2-2 4, Leaf 2 0-0 4, K. Powers 0 1-2 1. Totals — 6 8-10 21.
3-point goals — Seward 3 (Berry 2, Zweifel 1); CIA 1 (Bauder 1). Team fouls — Seward 12, CIA 11. Fouled out — none.

Tuesday girls
Kardinals 49, Panthers 7
Kenai    26    2    16    5    —49
Skyview    0    4    2    1    —7
KENAI CENTRAL (49) — English 3 0-0 6, Beeson 1 4-4 6, Boyes 0 0-0 0, Kiefer 7 0-1 14, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Steinbeck 0 0-0 0, Ross 0 0-0 0, Tieaskie 2 2-4 6, Wensley 4 4-4 15, Maurer 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 10-15 49.
SKYVIEW (7) — Reynolds 2 0-0 4, Halverson 0 0-0 0, Ahlers 0 1-2 1, D. Derflinger 0 0-0 0, Ramsell 0 0-0 0, Malatesta 1 0-0 2, Schoessler 0 0-0 0, Pearson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 3 1-2 7.
3-point goals — Kenai 1 (Wensley 1). Team fouls — Kenai 9, Skyview 13. Fouled out — none.

Tuesday boys
Wolverines 42, Warriors 39
Ninilchik    10    14    4    14    —42
Nikolaevsk    2    10    15    12    —39
NINILCHIK (42) — Cooper 5 4-8 14, Klapak 0 1-2 1, Mireles 0 0-0 0, Peterson 4 1-5 9, Wheeler 7 1-2 15, Bear 1 1-2 3, Delgado 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 8-19 42.
NIKOLAEVSK (39) — J. Fefelov 1 0-0 2, A. Fefelov 1 0-0 2, Yakunin 3 0-2 7, Holub 0 0-0 0, Klaich 1 0-2 2, Gordeev 0 0-0 0, Tipikin 10 6-7 26. Totals — 16 6-11 39.
3-point goals — Team fouls — Ninilchik 12, Nikolaevsk 15. Fouled out — none.

Kardinals 51, Panthers 40
Kenai    14    10    14    13    —51
Skyview    5    6    17    12    —40
KENAI CENTRAL (51) — Springer 0 0-0 0, McKee 1 1-2 3, Hull 5 0-5 10, Oliver 0 0-0 0, Berg 0 0-0 0, Fitt 3 0-0 6, Sandahl 1 0-0 2, Reilly 7 0-3 15, Spalding 1 2-2 4, Kibling 0 0-0 0, Hayes 3 4-6 11. Totals — 21 7-18 51.
SKVYIEW (40) — Reynolds 2 0-2 4, Harling 0 0-0 0, Collier 0 0-0 0, McCallum 0 0-0 0, Jones 2 1-2 5, Penrod 4 0-0 8, Henderson 1 0-0 2, Hilbish 0 0-0 0, Schwartz 1 0-0 2, Deatherage 0 0-0 0, Ramirez 0 0-0 0, Diaz 7 2-2 19. Totals — 17 3-6 40.
3-point goals — Kenai 2 (Reilly 1, Hayes 1); Skyview 3 (Diaz 3). Team fouls — Kenai 7, Skyview 14. Fouled out — none.

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