Thunderbirds shake up Kards

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2002

If the East High School girls basketball team appeared to be quick on the court Thursday at Kenai, well, they had to be -- they had a plane to catch.

Before they rushed out of the gym, East ran away from the Kardinals, posting a 70-27 nonconference win.

"We were all right," said East coach Dorena Bingham. "They're a good team, but we overwhelmed them in the beginning."

Call it a learning experience for the Kardinals, who suffered their first loss of the season to fall to 7-1.

The Thunderbirds jumped out to a quick five-point lead, and made it 7-2 after Kenai's Michelle Edwards put the first Kardinals points on the board.

Kenai fed Edwards twice more under the basket for a pair of buckets, and Jamie Montgomery hit a foul shot to tie the game at 7 with 4:14 left in the first quarter, but it was all East after that.

The Thunderbirds led 19-11 after the first quarter, and outscored the Kardinals 24-6 in the second quarter to take a comfortable 43-17 lead into the locker room at the half.

"I think it was a good measure for us to get out there," Edwards said. "It shows what we're going to have to do to be in the state tournament."

The Kardinals had trouble with East's pressure defense, and the Thunderbirds were able to score points quickly with long passes on the break, leaving Kenai chasing much of the time.

"I think what we saw is what it takes to play a good basketball team," Kenai coach Jim Beeson said. "We had so many little things we didn't do right. The good thing about it is, we can see it on tape, and those little things are going to be glaring."

East's Tenecia Macon led all scorers with 16 points while teammate Natalie Jones had 13 points.

Erica Shinn led the Kardinals with 10 points while Edwards and Erin Smith each had six points.

"I was disappointed with the way it came out, but we got a lot out of the game," Shinn said. "We wanted to play East, and we got our chance. We'll know what to expect next time. We didn't really know this time."

For East, the game against Kenai was its first against an in-state opponent. The Thunderbirds are 5-1.

"We enjoyed it," Bingham said of her team's whirlwind trip to the peninsula. "I've never played in this gym. It's a nice facility. We like playing on a wood floor, and with the crowd, it has a nice hometown feeling. Nobody comes to our games."


East 19 24 15 12 -- 70

Kenai 11 6 8 2 -- 27

EAST (70) -- Wilson 1 2-4 4, Brown 6 0-0 12, Webb 4 0-0 11, McCauley 2 0-0 2, Jones 6 0-0 13, Macon 8 0-2 16, Mickens 2 2-2 6, Robinson 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 31 4-8 70.

KENAI (27) -- Saltzgiver 0 0-0 0, Knudsen 1 0-0 2, Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Montgomery 1 1-2 3, Goggia 0 0-0 0, Popp 0 0-0 0, Edwards 3 0-2 6, McLeod 0 0-0 0, Shinn 4 2-2 10, Smith 3 0-2 6, Hampton 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 12 3-8 27.

3-point goals -- East 4 (Webb 3, Jones). Total fouls -- East 9, Kenai 11. Fouled out -- none.

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