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Panthers, Stars notch victories

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2002

The Skyview Peninsula Challenge girls high school basketball tournament proved to be aptly named as teams from the Kenai Peninsula proved to be too great a challenge for their opponents from other parts of the state to overcome.

The host Panthers opened up tournament play with a 46-34 win over Bethel, and the Soldotna Stars followed with a scrappy 32-26 win over the Chugiak Mustangs.

Results from the Homer Mariners game against Grace Christian and the Kenai Central Kardinals game with West had not been reported as the Clarion went to press.

In today's semifinal games, Skyview plays Soldotna at 6:15 p.m., followed by the winners of the Homer-Grace and Kenai-West games at 8 p.m.

In the consolation bracket, Bethel plays Chugiak at 2:45 p.m. followed by the Homer-Grace and Kenai-West losers at 4:30 p.m.

Tournament play continues Saturday, with the seventh-place game slated for 10:45 a.m., the fourth-place game for 12:30 p.m. and the third-place game for 2:15 p.m. The championship game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

"We started out slow, but we've been working our way up," Skyview's Christina Colvin said after the Panthers defeated Bethel. "I think we're improving with every game."

The Panthers got off to a slow start against the Warriors, facing a 10-2 deficit early in the first quarter, but things started going Skyview's way once it got its pressure game working.

"We didn't press right off because we didn't score," Colvin said. "The game plan was once we score, we press. I think we're a really tough team when we're pressing because we're all intense and we're all quick. That's how we're going to win some games in the future."

After a timeout, Skyview's Anne Verba was able to sink a basket to close the gap to 10-4, and with the pressure game working, the Panthers tied the game at 10 by the end of the first quarter.

Skyview kept that momentum going, taking a 21-14 lead at the half as the Panthers were able to create scoring opportunities off turnovers and rebounds in the second quarter.

Skyview coach Joe Trujillo said the Panthers' effort under the boards was nice to see.

"We were getting two or three shots at a time, and only giving them one," Trujillo said.

"I thought we did a good job boxing out," said Skyview's Jenny Carpenter, who finished with a game-high 19 points -- including a 9-for-13 effort from the foul line. "That's something we need to do because we don't have much height. We got a lot of rebounds, which helped us a lot."

Colvin had nine points for the Panthers while Kari Faigle finished with six points.

Roxanne Saddler led the way for the Warriors with 16 points.

Carpenter credited Skyview's ability to run the break with the quickness of its guards, including Faigle, Jamie Beever and Laurel Creel.

"We tried to concentrate on our speed -- that's our strength right now," Carpenter said.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 2-2 overall.

Soldotna 32, Chugiak 26

Both the Stars and the Mustangs were pleased with what they accomplished at the defensive end of the court. Both teams, however, felt their performance at the offensive end of the court left a little to be desired.

"We won. We didn't play exceptionally well, but we won. We'll take it," said Soldotna coach Mark Tuter.

"We hold a team like Soldotna to 13 points in the first half, we're doing something right at one end of the floor," said Chugiak coach Jon Schroeder. "But we didn't show up at the other end."

While the Stars were held to just 13 points in the first half, that was enough to head to the locker room with a five-point lead as Chugiak scored just eight in the frame.

"I think (Chugiak) shot poorly -- that was a factor," Tuter said. "Our defense contributed a lot to that. They're usually a very good shooting team."

The Mustangs spent the halftime intermission doing some shooting drills, and came back to take a one-point, 21-20 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Soldotna's Erin Wolfe sunk a 2-pointer to open the fourth quarter, and Rachel Besse and Hillary Zobeck each scored to give the Stars the lead for good.

Chugiak pulled to within two points, but Besse hit a pair of free throws and scored on a put back to extend Soldotna's lead to six points, 30-24, with under a minute to play.

Wolfe and Zobeck each hit a foul shot as the Mustangs were forced to foul in the closing minute.

Besse had a team-high 11 points for the Stars while Zobeck netted seven and Wolfe scored five.

Jackie Hight scored 11 points to lead the Mustangs.

"We did pretty good on defense, we just need to work a little on offense, and I need to hit my layups," Besse said. "I think we surprised them a little bit in the fourth quarter. We just knew that this was the time to start playing tougher and with more intensity."

The Stars improve to 4-1 with the win while Chugiak falls to 4-4 overall.

PANTHERS 46, WARRIORS 34

Bethel 10 4 12 8 -- 34

Skyview 10 11 10 15 -- 46

BETHEL (34) -- Charles 0 0-0 0, Romer 0 0-0 0, Davies 3 0-1 6, Allen 0 0-0 0, Boratko 0 0-0 0, Ellsworth 1 2-4 4, Reinhardt 3 0-0 6, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Saddler 8 0-3 16, Andrews 1 0-1 2. Totals -- 16 2-9 34.

SKYVIEW (46) -- Verba 2 0-2 4, Beever 1 0-0 2, Faigle 3 0-0 6, Gephardt 0 0-0 0, Colvin 3 3-4 9, Carpenter 5 9-13 19, Dalebout 0 0-1 0, Creel 2 0-0 4, Garrant 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 12-20 46.

3-point goals -- none. Total fouls -- Bethel 16, Skyview 19. Fouled out -- Creel.

STARS 32, MUSTANGS 26

Chugiak 6 2 13 5 -- 26

Soldotna 7 6 7 12 -- 32

CHUGIAK (26) -- Waters 0 2-2 2, Hight 5 0-0 11, Hartman 1 0-2 2, Hedum 0 0-5 0, Wasson 2 0-4 4, Deisher 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 1-2 1, Starbard 0 0-2 0, Putnam 3 0-1 6. Totals -- 11 3-18 26.

SOLDOTNA (32) -- Senette 1 1-3 3, Wolfe 2 1-4 5, Christensen 1 0-0 2, Besse 4 3-6 11, S. Penner 1 0-0 2, Syverson 0 0-0 0, Severson 0 0-0 0, Zobeck 2 3-4 7, Breakfield 1 0-2 2. Totals -- 12 8-19 32.

3-point goals -- Chugiak 1 (Hight). Total fouls -- Chugiak 15, Soldotna 19. Fouled out -- Putnam.



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