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Knights sweep Kards

Posted: January 9, 2013 - 11:58pm  |  Updated: January 10, 2013 - 12:06am

The Valley teams are down south for the weekend for some prep basketball action, and Colony struck first, sweeping host Kenai Central on Wednesday evening.

The Colony girls beat Kenai 35-17 earlier in the night, before the Colony boys routed the Kards 72-50. The win leaves the Colony boys with a 5-4 overall record, while Kenai is sitting at 4-5.

In the boys game, senior guard Wyatt Fitt led Kenai with 21 points, including three 3’s, and had nine of his points in the fourth quarter. Teammate Shane Spalding added nine points.

Senior guard Hunter Eisenhower had 17 points to lead the Knights, and teammates Joe Gray and Damien Fulp had 12 and 11 points, respectively.

“I have six seniors and two juniors that have now been playing for me for a couple years and they’ve done what basketball players are supposed to do, which is get better as they get older,” Colony coach Tom Berg said. “If they get open looks, we feel pretty confident that they will make most of them.”

Kenai showed some promise and charged out of the gate early, racing to a 14-8 lead after six minutes. But Kenai coach Ken Felchle said fatigue set in soon after and Colony took advantage.

“We talked about it in the locker room, we said that the first two minutes are going to be very important for us in the second half, we cannot start slow, and basically, we did,” Kenai coach Ken Felchle said. “We started slow for not just the first two minutes but all eight minutes. They went from a nine-point lead to a 22-point lead after the third quarter.”

Colony outscored Kenai 20-11 in the second quarter, then really put the hammer down in the second half, putting up 24 points against Kenai’s six in the third quarter.

“We talked about the things we needed to do like playing fundamental basketball and eliminating turnovers, rebounding and having quality shots,” Felchle said. “We did an excellent job with that philosophy in the first quarter. In the second quarter, it was the same good quality basketball, but fatigue got us near the end and they got up nine points on us. We’re not very deep, and that hurt us.”

Kenai will take on Palmer today at 7:30 p.m. at Kenai, while Colony will play host Soldotna at 7:30 p.m.

On the girls side, Colony held control from the start, but Kenai coach Stacia Rustad was proud of her team for their defensive effort.

“That is a huge goal that we were very proud of,” Rustad said. “Mary (Klapperich) is a talented player, and we held her in check. We gave up one open 3-point shot to her the whole game, and that was good. Colony is a solid program, so I thought their defensive pressure was solid, but we got good looks at the basket and they just didn’t go in.”

Klapperich, a senior forward from Colony, was restricted to only nine points. Junior Jennifer Solano led the Knights with 14 points, and teammate Izzy Tweed added nine.

For the Kards, it was senior Cassie Ross leading the way with six points. Justice English and Carly Norvelle also added four points each.

“They play really good defense, they’re really good outside, they don’t let you get anything easy, and they give themselves extra opportunities,” Colony coach Jeff Bowker said. “When we went to pressure stuff, like full-court press, that’s what helped us.”

The poor shooting that has dogged Kenai at times this season showed up again, as the Kards only produced seven field goals, and were 1of 5 on free throws.

But, as Rustad mentioned, it was Kenai’s defensive effort that kept them in the game, as a halftime score of 15-10 will prove. However, a 12-3 run from Colony tarnished any hopes of toppling the Knights.

The Kards match up with Palmer today at 6 p.m. at Kenai, while Colony moves across town to take on the powerful Soldotna Stars, a matchup that also begins at 6 p.m.

 

Knights 35, Kards 17

Kenai 2 8 7 0 —17

Colony 9 6 11 7 —35

KENAI (17) — Ross 2 0-0 6, English 2 0-2 4, Norvelle 2 0-0 4, Ostrander 0 0-0 0, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Steinbeck 0 0-0 0, Barcus 0 1-3 1, Every 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 1-5 17.

COLONY (35) — Solano 5 4-7 14, Klapperich 2 4-6 9, Farris 0 0-0 0, Tweed 3 2-4 9, Stephens 0 0-0 0, Turcotte 0 0-0 0, Williardson 0 0-0 0, Brumbaugh 0 1-2 1, Michaelson 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 11-19 35.

3-point goals — Kenai 2 (Ross 2); Colony 2 (Klapperich 1, Tweed 1).

Team fouls ­— Kenai 13, Colony 18. Fouled out — Taylor.

 

Knights 72, Kards 50

Kenai 15 11 6 18 —50

Colony 15 20 24 13 —72

KENAI (50) — Fitt 8 2-3 21, Spalding 2 5-8 9, A. McKee 1 4-4 6, Theisen 1 1-3 3, Battistelli 1 0-0 3, J. McKee 1 0-0 2, Spry 0 0-0 0, Shirnberg 0 0-0 0, Harling 0 0-0 0, O’Neal 1 0-0 2, Kibling 1 0-0 2, Liedes 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 12-18 50.

COLONY (72) — Eisenhower 7 0-0 17, Gray 6 0-0 12, Fulp 4 0-0 11, Compton 2 1-2 5, Chamblee 0 2-2 2, West 0 0-0 0, Menard 2 2-2 7, Umbarger 3 3-4 9, Dinkel 1 0-0 2, Udomporn 0 1-2 1, Huffman 1 0-0 2, Bush 2 0-1 4. Totals 28 9-13 72.

3-point goals — Kenai 4 (Fitt 3, Battistelli 1); Colony (Fulp 3, Eisenhower 3, Menard 1).

Team fouls — Kenai 13, Colony 16. Fouled out — none.

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