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Kardinals take 2 from Panthers

Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tough defense.

That's what Kenai Central's girls basketball team prides itself on. Tuesday night against host Skyview was no different.

The Kardinals held the Panthers to 20 points through three quarters en route to a 49-34 win. Kenai's boys completed the sweep with a 56-30 victory.

"We are a very strong defensive team," Kenai girls head coach Stacia Rustad said. Her team's defense leads to points on offense, she said.

Panthers assistant coach Randi Broyles said she wanted her team to play the same up-tempo game Kenai does. Though Skyview had several offensive turnovers, they played well down low on defense, she said.

Kenai's pressure was the difference in the game, Broyles said.

"We have to learn to work on playing against pressure," she said. In particular, her team needs to stay comfortable when pressure is applied, Broyles added.

To start the second quarter, Skyview's Casee Penrod escaped pressure from Kenai's defense and found an open Ivy O'Guinn near the basket. She put in the easy shot, knotting the score at 10. Penrod converted a three-point play at the end of the first to cut the Panthers' deficit from five to two.

After seeing their lead disappear, the Kards went on a 9-0 run. Lexi Beeson had four of those points.

Kenai started playing harder, smarter basketball from that point on, Rustad said.

The Kards held a nine-point lead or better the rest of the game.

O'Guinn ended the run as she drove to the hoop and put in a layup. Off of a Penrod miss, Kenai attempted, and converted, a long pass to Raquel Young. She put in the easy layup. Five of Young's team-high 12 points came in the second quarter. Samantha Hull also had 12 and Lierin Flanagan chipped in 11.

Hull had a solid performance, Rustad said. She said Hull remained calm under pressure, broke through SkyHi's press and made quality passes.

Coming off of the bench, sophomore Bailey Beeson had her best game of the season, Rustad said. Bailey, along with Flanagan, had the task of covering Penrod, Skyview's top player.

Penrod paced the Panthers with 16 points.

Kenai held a 24-14 lead at the half.

The Kards hovered around a 10-point lead for a majority of the rest of the way. Hull put the proverbial nail in the coffin when she drained a 3-pointer with 3:15 to play in the fourth quarter.

Despite the loss, Broyles said the game was an improvement from the 50-28 beating the Panthers took from the last meeting with Kenai on Dec. 23.

"I thought Skyview played a quality game," Rustad said.

Though her team struggled to make open shots in the first half, they came with effort the entire game.

"We always go out and play hard," Rustad said.

Kardinals 56, Panthers 30

The boys contest was a game of two halves.

The Panthers won the first half, 26-24. But Kenai won the second and more important of the two. The Kards held Skyview to just four second-half points to their 32.

"It was a tale of two halves," said Panthers head coach Jesse Settlemyer. "They got us out of the tempo we like to play at."

"The first half we were just not ready to play tonight," Kards head coach Ken Felchle said. He said SkyHi was more prepared and had more intensity than his squad in the first half.

"We just have to be ready to play for four quarters," Felchle said.

Settlemyer said the game was a big improvement from SkyHi's Dec. 23 meeting, in which the Kards took home a decisive 60-24 victory.

After the score was tied at 28-all, Kenai went on a 24-0 run, which carried through most of the third and into the fourth quarter.

Skyview managed just two points in each of the final two quarters.

Tyler Spalding led Kenai with 15 points. AJ Hull followed with 13. Eight different Kardinals contributed to the scoring.

Albert White paced Skyview with nine points. Seven Panthers recorded points.

Felchle said the difference in the second half for his team was defensive intensity and playing smarter on offense. In the first two quarters, his team's youth showed, Felchle said. Kenai has three sophomores that see considerable playing time.

Felchle said his team rushed their shots on offense during the opening 16 minutes. But in the second half, Kenai became more focused, Felchle said.

"We are capable of playing well if we put our minds to it," Felchle said of his team's turnaround. "We just have to have four quarters of that type of play."

Though disappointed with the first half, Felchle was happy with his squad's ability to identify and rectify the earlier mistakes and come out with the win.

For Skyview, the first half showed they can play with Kenai, Settlemyer said.

"Now, it's just putting two good halves of basketball together."

Boys

Kardinals 56, Panthers 30

Kenai 11 13 18 14 -- 56

Skyview 13 13 2 2 -- 30

KENAI (56) --Lowe 1 0-0 3, Ziehmre 0 0-0 0, Hull 6 1-2 13, Kiefer 3 1-4 9, Spalding 6 3-6 15, Landry 2 0-0 4, Risung 0 0-0 0, Sandahl 0 0-0 0, Reilly 2 0-0 4, Rouswell 0 0-0 0, Hayes 0 0-0 0, Wensley 0 1-2 1, Rogers 3 1-2 7. Totals -- 24 7-16 56.

SKYVIEW (30) --Hallford 0 0-0 0, McNamara 0 0-0 0, Symonds 0 0-0 0, White 4 0-0 9, Malatesta 1 0-0 2, Jones 1 5-6 7, Harvey 1 3-7 6, Parham 1 0-0 2, Diaz 1 0-0 2, Oakes 0 0-0 0.

3-point goals --Kenai 3 (Lowe 1, Kiefer 2); Skyview 2 (White 1, Harvey 1). Team fouls --Skyview 13. Fouled out --None.

Girls

Kardinals 49, Panthers 34

Kenai 10 14 9 16 -- 49

Skyview 8 6 6 14 -- 34

KENAI (49) -- Hull 3 4-6 12, L. Beeson 2 1-2 5, B. Beeson 0 1-3 1, Flanagan 4 3-4 11, Wensley 3 2-2 8, Dunlap 0 0-0 0, Young 5 2-4 12, Cabot 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 17 13-21 49.

SKYVIEW (34) -- Jones 0 0-1 0, O'Guinn 2 2-4 6, Penrod 6 4-5 16, Stewart 0 2-3 2, Mercier 0 0-0 0, Hill 3 2-4 8, Lamborn 1 -0 2, Parham 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 12 10-17 34.

3-point goals -- Kenai 2 (Hull 2). Team fouls -- Skyview 18. Fouled out -- None.



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