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Kardinals elude Panthers

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Monday must have been just enough time to fix what had been ailing the Kenai Central girls and boys basketball teams.

The host Kardinals earned a sweep of Region III/4A rival Skyview Tuesday by excelling in areas of the game that had been giving them problems lately. The girls won 61-43, while the boys notched a 55-45 victory.

For the Kenai girls, the problem was attacking a zone. The Kardinals struggled to score points Friday in a 37-34 loss to Soldotna and Saturday in a 38-30 victory over Homer.

Monday, Kenai coach Jim Beeson went at the problem full throttle in practice. The Kardinals spent all but 20 minutes of a two-hour practice playing full-court, five-on-five basketball against a zone.

And to add a little pressure to perform, Beeson took turns playing various positions with each team.

"That helped a lot," said Erica Shinn, who paced Kenai Tuesday with 16 points, of Beeson's participation. "He was playing all the positions, so he gave us a good example of what we should be doing."

The Kards consistently found holes in Skyview's zone Tuesday. In the first quarter, Kenai was 9-of-13 from the floor and took an 18-10 lead.

The Panthers had similar success from the floor, going 8-of-13 in the first half, but the difference in the two teams came in turnovers. In taking a 33-20 lead at the end of the first half, Kenai forced 19 turnovers while committing 11.

Kenai put the game out of reach at the start of the third quarter. After Christina Colvin, who led Skyview with 13 points, hit a layup to make it 33-22, Kenai embarked on an 11-0 run capped by Jessi Reilly's 3-pointer with 4:12 to play in the third period.

The Kardinals made their first four shots in the half.

"It was a nice night," Beeson said. "We picked up a region win and got everybody some playing time. You can't ask for more than that."

Jamie Montgomery was the other Kenai player in double figures, scoring 11 points.

Kenai boys 55, Skyview 45

In a pair of three-point losses to Soldotna Friday and Homer Saturday, the Kardinals boys played solid games but had trouble closing out the game in the fourth quarter.

That wasn't the case Tuesday. Kenai went into the fourth quarter with a 32-29 lead and expanded on it for a 55-45 victory.

"We let down in the past two games in the fourth quarter," said Marcus Webster, who led Kenai with 18 points. "We stepped it up this time."

Kenai came out attacking Skyview's zone effectively in the first quarter, hitting 8-of-16 from the floor and committing just three turnovers in jumping to a 17-8 lead.

However, Skyview's defense stiffened in the second quarter. Kenai scored just one point in the period and went 0-for-9 from the floor.

Meanwhile, Skyview went 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc in the second quarter and came back to claim a 21-18 lead at halftime.

The Kardinals quickly claimed the lead for good at the start of the second half. The Kards went on a 9-1 run to start the third period, taking a 27-22 lead on a Webster layup with 3:38 left in the third.

The lead stayed at about five points until the next crucial turning point in the game. Webster drew his fourth foul with 38 seconds left in the third.

With Kenai's leading scorer on the bench, the Panthers closed the gap to 32-30 when Mark McGarry hit a foul shot with 7:19 left in the game.

However, Kenai sophomore Ian Foley and junior J.D. Pault came to the rescue. Foley had five points and Pault had four in a 9-1 run that put Kenai up 41-31 with 3:33 remaining. Webster came back into the game at this point and went 5-of-7 from the line to help Kenai close the game.

"We're just concentrating on roles this year, and that's what we did when Marcus went out of the game," Kenai coach Rich Bartolowits said. "If you're a shooter, you concentrate on shooting. If you're a rebounder, you concentrate on rebounding."

Skyview's Nolan Rose was the game's leading scorer, pouring in 19 points, including three 3-pointers.

KARDINALS GIRLS 61, PANTHERS 43

Skyview 10 10 8 15 -- 43

Kenai 18 15 13 15 -- 61

SKYVIEW (43) -- Verba 0 2-2 2, Truesdell 0 0-0 0, Colvin 6 1-4 13, Carlon 2 0-0 4, K. Kier 1 0-0 2, Kraxberger 0 0-0 0, Bauer 1 4-4 6, Demaris 1 4-8 6, Carpenter 4 0-0 8, C. Kier 1 0-2 2. Totals -- 16 11-20 43.

KENAI (61) -- Bauder 1 0-0 2, Knudsen 3 0-0 7, Reilly 4 0-0 9, Montgomery 5 1-3 11, Goggia 0 0-0 0, Popp 0 0-0 0, Edwards 2 0-0 4, Hall 2 2-2 6, Shinn 8 0-0 16, Erin Smith 3 0-0 6, Erica Smith 0 0-0 0, Rhyner 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 3-5 61.

3-point goals -- Skyview 0, Kenai 2 (Knudsen 1, Reilly 1). Total fouls -- Skyview 12, Kenai 17. Fouled out -- none.

KARDINALS BOYS 55, PANTHERS 45

Skyview 8 13 8 16 -- 45

Kenai 17 1 14 23 -- 55

SKYVIEW (45) -- McGarry 0 1-2 1, Burdick 1 1-2 4, Mallett 1 4-5 7, Rose 5 6-6 19, Lewis 0 0-0 0, Norman 0 0-0 0, Edwards 1 2-2 5, Shadura 0 0-0 0, Rowell 4 1-4 9. Totals -- 12 15-21 45.

KENAI (55) -- Pault 3 0-0 6, Church 3 0-0 7, Foley 3 1-3 9, Webster 6 5-7 18, Magsayo 0 4-5 4, Schooley 1 1-2 3, Burck 2 0-2 4, Dunn 2 0-0 4, Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 20 11-19 55.

3-point goals -- Skyview 6 (Rose 3, Burdick 1, Mallett 1, Edwards 1), Kenai 4 (Foley 2, Church 1, Webster 1). Total fouls -- Skyview 16, Kenai 19. Fouled out -- Schooley.



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