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Defense puts Kenai on top of Peninsula Challenge

Kards girls stop Stars

Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2001

The Peninsula Challenge Girls Basketball Tournament Championship game came down to determination, teamwork and patience -- all of which the Kenai Kardinals possessed at Skyview High School as they walked away victorious Saturday.

The Kardinals used patient time possession and key team free-throw shooting in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter to pull out a 35-30 victory over the Soldotna Stars.

Soldotna and Kenai kept the game close as they headed into the half with a 14-14 tie, but the tide flowed to the Kardinals' favor as the squad pulled ahead of the Stars 24-20 as time expired in the third quarter.

Soldotna trailed 34-26 with two minutes and four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter before key shots by sophomore Rachel Besse, who hit 12 points in the contest along with sister Gretta to lead the Stars, cut the Kardinals' lead to four points.

"We knew heading into this game that if we didn't shoot the ball well Soldotna would keep the game close," Kenai coach Jim Beeson said. "We are going to have to take the good things we did tonight and improve on them."

Kenai's intense full-court pressure and time control strategy proved too much for the Stars, along with Rachel Besse fouling out with 22 seconds left on the clock.

The Stars, who face Kenai Friday, headed into the championship game with specific strategies to stop the Kardinals offense along with applying a zone defense.

"We knew they had a good shooter in (guard) Karli Knudsen and we tried to take that away," Soldotna coach Mark Tuter said. "Their other guards stepped up and hit some key shots for them and that proved the difference. Turnovers also played a big part against us tonight. We have a very unselfish team and the truth is they pass too much."

The Kardinals followed senior Jessi Reilly and junior Jamie Montgomery, who led the team with 11 points each, while Erin Smith added seven.

"Jessi is the only senior on the team," Beeson said. "She is as good of a leader as I have ever been around. She has been a four-year starter and has done a great job leading the kids."

The intense play was obvious in the exhausted Kenai girls faces as they gathered at center court to accept the Peninsula Challenge championship trophy.

"This is a close group of kids," Beeson said. "They are a great team that allows the team leaders to be leaders and does what they need to do to win."

The tournament's third-place team also was crowned Saturday as Sally Glaze poured in 26 points with Karen Rabung adding 17 and Laura Berdahl chipping in 14 to propel the Nikiski Bulldogs to a 79-38 stomping of the Houston Hawks.

The Hawks were led by Linnea Pudwill with 15, with Britnee Lapham tacking on 10. The Hawks hit 11 shots and three 3-point field goals while the Bulldogs tore up the court with 26 baskets and four 3-pointers.

Fifth place was awarded to the Valdez Buccaneers as they followed Keyshea Gibbs, who led the team with 11 points, and Kate Goudreau, who added 10, to a 56-31 victory over the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves. The Braves, who were led by Adrienne Taalak with 18 points and Melanie Beans with 13, fell behind 28-11 in the first half.

The Skyview Panthers took home seventh place as they rolled past the Grace Christian Grizzlies 59-31. Skyview followed the hot hand of Amanda Bauer, who nailed eight field goals and went 1-of-2 from the line for 17 points, while Jenny Carpenter added 12. The Grizzlies were lead by the trio of Erin Marchuk, Kara Vankooten and Shayla Mall with eight points.

In Friday's action, Valdez topped Skyview 39-31, Mt. Edgecumbe defeated Grace 51-45, Soldotna topped Houston 52-31 and Kenai rolled past Nikiski 59-36.

Valdez guard Kristina Lawrence hit two 3-point fieldgoals and two buckets to help the Buccaneers pull out a 39-31 vicotry over the Skyview Panthers. The Panthers were led by Amanda Bauer with 10 points.

The Braves followed the hot hand of Melanie Beans to a 51-45 win over the Grace Christian Grizzlies. Bean scored 16 to lead Mt. Edgecumbe. Kara Vankooten sunk 19 to lead the Grizzlies.

The Soldotna Stars used stiffling defense in a 52-31 battering of the Houston Hawks. The Stars, who did not allow a Houston player to score in double digits, were led by Rachel Besse with 18 points.

The Kenai Kardinals used the thunder and lightning attack of

guards Karli Knudsen and Jessi Reilly combined with a smothering defense to rise to a 59-36 victory over the Nikiski Bulldogs.

Knudson led the Kardinal attack with 16 points while Reilly added 11. The Bulldogs were led by point guard Sally Glaze with 10 points.

Friday's Skyview Peninsula Challenge

BUCCANEERS 39, PANTHERS 31

Valdez 5 15 9 10 -- 39

Skyview 5 7 6 13 -- 31

SKYVIEW (31) -- Colvin 2 4-4 8, Carlon 1 0-2 3, Kraxberger 0 0-2 0, Verba 0 0-0 0, Truesdell 0 0-0 0, Kier 0 0-0 0, Bauer 5 0-0 10, Demaris 1 0-0 2, Carpenter 1 1-4 3, Kier 2 0-2 4. Totals -- 12 7-14 31.

VALDEZ (39) -- Alexander 0 0-0 0, Nielsen 0 0-0 0, Fischer 1 0-0 2, Huddy 0 0-0 0, Connor 0 0-2 0, Arts 1 0-1 2, Lawrence 4 2-2 12, Lee 3 0-0 6, Gibbs 2 4-5 8, Blackburn 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Goudreau 3 3-6 9. Totals -- 18 9-16 39.

3-point goals -- Valdez 2 (Lawrence 2). Total fouls -- Skyview 17, ACS 17. Fouled out -- Carlon, Carpenter.

BRAVES 51, GRIZZLIES 45

Mt. Edgecumbe 8 16 12 15 -- 51

Grace Christian 10 18 9 8 -- 45

MT. EDGECUMBE (51) -- Moore 2 0-0 4, Kochuten 3 2-4 8, Andrews 3 0-0 6, Akaran 1 2-2 4, Beans 7 2-2 16, Squartsoff 0 6-11 6, Nayokpuk 0 2-2 2, Apokedak 0 0-0 0, Tutiakoff 2 1-2 5, Chikigak 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 18 15-23 51.

GRACE CHRISTIAN (45) -- Christensen 2 1-3 6, Marchuk 1 1-2 3, Jones 3 0-0 6, Vankooten 5 9-14 19, Pauls 0 1-2 1, Bylsma 0 0-0 0, Smalstig 0 0-0 0, Mall 1 2-3 4, Townsend 2 2-4 6. Totals -- 14 16-28 45.

3-point goals -- Grace Christian 1 (Christensen). Total fouls -- Mt. Edgecumbe 20, Grace Christian 18. Fouled out -- Squartsoff, Kochuten, Townsend.

STARS 52, HAWKS 31

Soldotna 10 12 16 14 -- 52

Houston 6 9 6 10 -- 31

SOLDOTNA (52) -- Sennette 2 2-2 6, Wolfe 2 0-0 6, Kerrone 0 2-4 2, G. Besse 1 0-0 2, Penner 2 2-4 6, J. Syverson 1 3-4 5, D. Syverson 1 0-2 2, Gilbert 2 0-0 4, Breakfield 0 1-2 1, R. Besse 7 4-7 18. Totals -- 18 14-27 52.

HOUSTON (31) -- Lapham 3 0-2 7, Aldeman 1 0-2 2, Loeffler 0 0-0 0, Nicole 1 1-2 3, Conn 1 1-2 3, Ax 0 0-0 0, Pudwill 3 3-4 9, Jurica 0 3-4 3, Vial 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 11 8-16 31.

3-point goals -- Soldotna 2 (Wolfe 2); Houston 1 (Lapham). Total fouls -- Soldotna 19, Houston 19. Fouled out -- Nicole.

KARDINALS 59, BULLDOGS 36

Kenai 16 16 12 15 -- 59

Nikiski 13 10 9 4 -- 36

KENAI (59) -- Knudsen 7 0-5 16, Reilly 4 3-5 11, Montgomery 3 3-4 9, Goggia 1 1-2 3, Edwards 1 0-0 2, Hall 4 1-3 9, Erin Smith 2 0-2 4, Erica Smith 2 1-2 5, Rhyner 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 24 9-23 59.

NIKISKI (36) -- Floyd 0 0-0 0, Gillaspie 0 2-4 2, Weaver 1 0-0 2, Lofstedt 1 3-7 5, Rabung 2 3-7 7, Carr 0 1-3 1, Glaze1 8-9 10, Cason 0 1-2 1, Berdahl 2 4-5 8, Thomson 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 7 22-27 36.

3-point goals -- Kenai 2 (Knudsen). Total fouls -- Kenai 18, Nikiski 20. Fouled out -- Erin Smith, Erica Smith, Rhyner.

Saturday's Peninsula Challenge

PANTHERS 59, GRIZZLIES 31

Skyview 14 17 16 12 -- 59

Grace Christian 4 3 12 12 -- 31

SKYVIEW (59) -- Verba 2 2-2 8, Truesdell 3 2-4 8, Colvin 1 0-0 2, Carlon 4 0-2 8, K. Kier 0 1-4 1, Kraxberger 0 2-2 2, Bauer 8 1-2 17, Demaris 0 1-4 1, Carpenter 4 4-10 12, C. Kier 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 22 13-30 59.

GRACE CHRISTIAN (31) --Christensen 0 0-0 0, Marchuk 3 2-2 8, Jones 0 0-0 0, Vankooten 3 1-2 8, Daly 0 0-0 0, Pauls 0 0-0 0, Bylsma 2 1-2 5, Smalstig 0 0-2 0, Mall 3 2-5 8, Townsend 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 12 6-13 31.

3-point goals -- Skyview 2 (Verba); Grace Christian 1 (Vankooten). Total fouls -- Skyview 16, Grace Christian 20. Fouled out -- none.

BUCCANEERS 56, BRAVES 40

Valdez 17 11 15 13 -- 56

Mt. Edgecumbe 9 2 10 19 -- 40

VALDEZ (56) -- Alexander 0 0-0 0, Nielsen 1 1-2 3, Fischer 0 2-2 2, Huddy 0 0-1 0, Connor 0 1-2 1, Arts 4 1-2 9, Lawrence 2 1-2 5, Lee 4 1-2 9, Gibbs 5 1-1 11, Blackburn 0 0-0 0, Jones 3 0-0 6, Goudreau 3 4-8 10. Totals -- 22 12-22 56.

MT. EDGECUMBE (40) -- Moore 0 0-0 0, Kochuten 0 0-2 0, Andrews 0 0-0 0, Taalak 8 2-4 18, Akaran 1 2-2 4, Beans 4 3-3 13, Squartsoff 1 0-0 2, Nayokpuk 0 0-0 0, Apokedak 0 0-0 0, Tutiakoff 1 1-2 3. Totals -- 15 8-13 20.

3-point goals -- Mt. Edgecumbe 2 (Beans). Total fouls -- Valdez 13, Mt. Edgecumbe 18. Fouled out -- Moore, Squartsoff.

BULLDOGS 79, HAWKS 38

Nikiski 16 21 22 20 -- 79

Houston 8 15 4 11 -- 38

NIKISKI (79) -- Floyd 1 0-0 2, Gillaspie 0 0-0 0, Weaver 1 0-1 2, Lofsteadt 0 2-2 2, Rabung 7 3-6 17, Carr 3 0-0 7, Glaze 9 5-8 26, Cason 4 0-0 8, Berdahl 5 4-4 14, Thomson 0 1-2 1. Totals -- 30 15-23 79.

HOUSTON (36) -- Nicole 1 1-2 3, Lapham 3 2-4 10, Aldeman 1 0-2 2, Conn 0 0-0 0, Loeffler 2 0-0 4, Ax 0 1-2 1, Pudwill 6 2-7 15, Jurica 1 1-2 3, Harvey 0 0-0 0, Vial 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 14 7-19 38.

3-point goals --Nikiski 4 (Carr 1, Glaze 3); Houston 3 (Lapham 2, Pudwill 1). Total fouls -- Nikiski 20, Houston 28. Fouled out -- Nicole, Pudwill.

KARDINALS 35, STARS 30

Kenai 4 10 10 11 -- 35

Soldotna 4 10 6 10 -- 30

KENAI (35) -- Knudsen 0 0-0 0, Reilly 4 1-2 11, Montgomery 2 5-6 11, Goggia 0 0-0 0, Edwards 1 0-0 2, Hall 1 0-1 2, Erin Smith 3 1-2 7, Erica Smith 0 1-2 1, Rhyner 0 1-2 1. Totals -- 11 9-15 35.

SOLDOTNA (30) -- Sennette 0 0-1 0, Wolfe 1 0-0 2, Kerrone 0 0-0 0, G. Besse 4 4-7 12, Penner 0 0-0 0, Syverson 0 0-0 0, Severson 0 0-0 0, Gilbert 2 0-0 4, Breakfield 0 0-0 0, R. Besse 4 4-6 12. Totals -- 11 8-14 30.

3-point goals -- Kenai 4 (Reilly 2, Montgomery 2). Total fouls -- Kenai 13, Soldotna 18. Fouled out -- R. Besse.

2001 PENINSULA CHALLENGE

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Laura Berdahl and Sally Glaze (Nikiski), Karli Knudsen and Jamie Montgomery (Kenai), Linnea Pudwill (Houston), Greta and Rachel Besse (Soldotna), Keeshea Gibbs (Grace Christian), Amanda Bauer (Skyview) and Melanie Beans (Mt. Edgecumbe). MOST VALUABLE PLAYER -- Jessi Reilly (Kenai).



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