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SkyHi boys make huge statement

Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2004

It's the season of making a big campaign statement. With their win in Kenai Friday,the Skyview boys made one as big as any of the Democratic presidential candidates can hope for come Monday in Iowa.

The Panthers opened up their Region III/4A season by topping the Kardinals 57-51. Kenai (6-2 overall), the two-time defending Southern Division champions, had won five straight to move to No. 5 in the state media poll.

However, through steady defense and heady play down the stretch, Skyview (6-2) made a statement that it intends to challenge for Kenai's Southern Division championship this year.

"Any time you can come into Kenai and win, it's big, especially when they are ranked No. 5 in the state," Skyview coach Dave Blossom said. "A lot of times we split, with both teams winning at home, so we're off to a great start."

In the girls game, a young Kardinals squad continued to come of age against a Skyview team missing its two starting guards. Kenai, which did not score over 32 points in losing its first five games, topped the Panthers 33-26 to improve to 3-5. Skyview dropped to 2-6.

The Skyview boys came out and took a 20-10 lead after the first quarter. The Kardinals were never able to crawl out of that hole.

"They came out ready to play just a little more than us when the game started," Kenai coach Rich Bartolowits said. "A lot of basketball is mental. They were more mentally ready when the game started."

Blossom said the key to the team's quick start was defense. Kenai was just 8 of 21 from the floor in the first half, while Skyview was 13 of 22.

 

Skyview's Amanda Fay tries to keep the ball from Kenai's Jamie Peterson and Breezy Saltzgiver, at right, Friday night at Kenai.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

"We came out and got in their faces," said Skyview senior Ryan Geller, who paced the Panthers with 15 points.

The challenge for Skyview was making that 10-point lead after the first quarter hold up. The Kardinals started the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run, completed when a free throw from senior Nick Barnes cut Skyview's lead to 45-43 with 5:38 left to play.

"We did a fairly good job on offense," Blossom said. "There was a stretch in the fourth quarter where we weren't taking good shots and they caught up. I called timeout, and after that we started taking better shots."

After the Barnes' foul shot, Skyview went on a 6-2 run, ending when a jumper by Cody Hatfield made it 51-45 with 4:14 remaining. From that point on, Kenai would never get closer than four points due to solid play by the Panthers.

Skyview committed just one turnover in the final period and went 4 of 4 from the foul line. The Panthers were adept at spreading the floor, running the clock and taking good shots when they presented themselves.

"We work on that in practice, and it paid off tonight," said Geller, who was joined in double figures by sophomore Brian Blossom, who dumped in 13.

Kenai, which received 20 points from Geoffrey Gemmell and 12 points from Jordan Jenckes, now faces an uphill climb back to Southern Division supremacy.

"It was a wake-up call," Bartolowits said. "Better now than later in the season."

Kenai girls 33, Skyview 26

The Kardinals continued their improved play by defeating Skyview for the second time this season.

"I told the kids we would struggle early because we haven't played together much," said Kenai coach Jim Beeson, whose team has just two seniors on the roster. "But now we've won three in a row and we're 1-0 in the region, so things are starting to come together for us."

The game was not a beautiful thing to behold, with both teams shooting a low percentage and Skyview piling up turnovers. As far as Beeson is concerned, a not beautiful game is a beautiful thing.

"We're not going to win scoring a lot of points on offense," Beeson said. "We're going to win playing hard and playing good defense. That's what we were able to do tonight."

The Kardinals pounded the Panthers 45-29 a week ago, so this time around coach Wade Marcuson tried to take advantage of Kenai's shooting troubles by playing a zone. It worked in the first quarter as Skyview took a 5-4 lead after eight minutes.

"It took us awhile to adjust to that zone," said Kenai senior guard Breezy Saltzgiver, who paced Kenai with 15 points. "We weren't hitting our outside shots.

"We talked to our cutters and told them to slow down. We had success doing that."

After Skyview's Shelley Heffner dumped in a layup to give Skyview a 7-4 edge with 7:44 left in the second quarter, Kenai closed the quarter on a 10-0 run. Lindsey Keener then hit a free throw to start the third quarter and give Kenai a 15-7 advantage.

With Kenai so far ahead, the Panthers had to stop playing zone because Marcuson said Beeson most likely would have parked his players at halfcourt and stalled to a victory.

Skyview got to within four points a few times in the third quarter, but a lack of scoring punch kept them from getting closer than six points in the final eight minutes of play.

Marcuson said ballhandlers like Heffner and Amanda Fay did a good job, considering they were pressed into action due to the absence of the two starting guards.

"We had a lot of turnovers, but, all things considered, I thought we did as well as we could there considering the circumstances," the coach said. "We played with the intensity we needed to win.

"What really hurt us was easy baskets that we missed. If we would have made those shots, we would have been right back in the game."

Heffner led all Skyview scorers with nine points.

Girls

KARDINALS 33, PANTHERS 26

Skyview 5 2 12 7 26

Kenai 4 10 11 8 33

SKYVIEW (26) Heffner 4 1-2 9, Al. Fay 1 0-0 2, Dalebout 0 0-1 0, Bonebrake 2 4-5 8, Dreifuerst 1 1-2 3, Smith 0 0-0 0, Garrant 0 0-0 0, Am. Fay 1 2-2 4. Totals 9 8-12 26.

KENAI (33) Saltzgiver 5 5-9 15, Keener 1 4-6 6, Foley 0 0-0 0, McGlasson 2 0-0 4, Steiner 0 0-0 0, Moore 3 0-4 6, Calderwood 0 0-0 0, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Navarre 0 0-0 0, Kiel 0 0-0 0, Brewer 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 9-19 33.

3-point goals none. Total fouls Skyview 15, Kenai 17. Fouled out none.

PANTHERS 57, KARDINALS 51

Skyview 20 10 15 12 57

Kenai 10 12 16 13 51

SKYVIEW (57) Smith 1 2-4 4, Shields 2 1-2 5, Rowell 2 0-0 4, St. Clair 2 1-4 5, Blossom 5 2-2 13, Schmidt 1 1-2 3, Hatfield 4 0-0 8, Geller 6 1-1 15, Dolifka 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 8-15 57.

KENAI (51) Hansen 1 0-0 2, Chappell 1 2-5 4, Craig 0 0-0 0, Jenckes 5 2-3 12, Gemmell 9 2-4 20, Bennett 1 2-3 4, Barnes 4 1-2 9. Totals 21 9-17 51.

3-point goals Skyview 3 (Geller 2, Blossom 1). Total fouls Skyview 17, Kenai 15. Fouled out none.

Kenai boys 60, Chugiak 54, 2 OT

The Kenai boys took an early lead, then hung on through double overtime to defeat the visiting Mustangs in a nonregion game.

Kenai led by 10, 26-16 at the half, but Chugiak halved the deficit in the third quarter and tied the game at 43 at the end of regulation.

Kenai's Nick Barnes scored six of his game-high 16 points in extra time, though, helping the Kardinals pull out the victory.

Jordan Jenckes scored 12 for the Kardinals, Cole Chappell netted 11 and Geoffrey Gemmell scored nine points before fouling out in the extra period.

Chugiak girls 51, Kenai 12

The Mustangs blew by the Kardinals in a nonregion contest Saturday at Kenai.

KARDINALS 60, MUSTANGS 54, 2OT

Chugiak 5 11 17 10 11 54

Kenai 13 13 12 5 17 60

CHUGIAK (54) Mickens 4 0-0 10, Bradley 2 0-2 4, Daugherty 0 0-0 0, Irwin 1 0-0 3, Spink 0 0-0 0, Carter 3 0-0 6, Mahong 1 0-0 2, Dickey 7 0-0 14, Stallworth3 0-1 6, King 0 0-0 0, Kissee 4 1-2 9, Lee 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 1-5 54.

KENAI (60) Hansen 0 0-0 0, C. Chappell 3 5-8 11, Craig 2 0-0 4, Jenckes 4 4-5 12, Gemmell 4 0-0 9, T. Chappell 0 0-0 0, Bennett 2 4-7 8, Barnes 8 2-6 16. Totals 22 15-36 60.

3-point goals Chugiak 3 (Mickens 2, Irwin), Kenai 2 (Gemmell, Barnes). Total fouls Chugiak 23, Kenai 11. Fouled out Mickens, Gemmell.

Girls

MUSTANGS 51, KARDINALS 12

Chugiak 15 12 7 17 51

Kenai 4 4 2 2 12

CHUGIAK (51) Waters 0 0-0 0, Sacks 2 0-0 4, Lassiter 8 1-2 20, Griffin 2 0-0 4, Doughty 4 1-2 9, Smith 0 0-0 0, Courtright 2 0-0 4, Neuschwander 5 0-0 10. Totals 23 2-4 51.

KENAI (12) Saltzgiver 2 0-0 4, Keener 1 0-0 2, Foley 0 0-0 0, Dunn 0 0-0 0, McGlasson 0 0-0 0, Steiner 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0, Calderwood 0 0-0 0, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Navarre 0 0-0 0, Kiel 0 2-2 2, Brewer 1 0-0 2. Totals 5 2-2 12.

3-point goals Chugiak 3 (Lassiter 3). Total fouls Chugiak 6, Kenai 7. Fouled out none.

Skyview boys 58, Homer 20

The Panthers capped a big weekend with a Region III/4A win over peninsula rival Homer at Skyview High School.

Cody Hatfield paced the Panthers with 12 points while Zack Rowell scored 10 points.

Skyview opened the game with a 13-2 run and kept that momentum going, taking a 29-7 lead at the half.

Skyview's defense held the Mariners to just 12 points through three quarters of play.

Homer girls 45, Skyview 30

The Mariners edged the Panthers ina Region III/4A game at Skyview Saturday.

Channing Setterquist led the Mariners with 12 points while Bailey Lowney scored 11. Shelley Heffner scored 12 to lead Skyview while teammate Anna Bonebrake chipped in with nine.

Homer led 14-9 after the first quarter of play and had a 25-13 lead at the half.

PANTHERS 58, MARINERS 20

Homer 2 5 5 8 20

Skyview 13 16 14 15 58

HOMER (20) Taylor 0 0-0 0, Kuipers 1 2-3 4, Gilbert 2 0-0 4, Ju. Smith 0 2-2 2, Siekaniec 1 0-1 2, Winne 1 0-0 2, Szymoniak 0 0-0 0, Ja. Smith 1 0-0 2, Golson 1 0-0 2, Trowbridge 1 0-0 2. Totals 8 4-6 20.

SKYVIEW (58) A. Smith 2 1-5 5, Shields 2 1-2 3, Dolifka 0 0-0 0, Rowell 5 0-1 10, St. Clair 3 2-4 8, Blossom 2 0-0 4, Schmidt 2 4-4 8, Hatfield 6 0-1 12, Geller 3 2-2 8. Totals 25 10-19 58.

3-point goals none. Total fouls Homer 17, Skyview 15. Fouled out Gilbert.

Girls

MARINERS 45, PANTHERS 30

Homer 14 11 13 7 45

Skyview 9 4 9 8 30

HOMER (45) Me. Mahan 0 0-0 0, Pollack 1 1-2 3, Creamer 0 2-2 2, Riley 0 0-0 0, Cousins 4 5-6 13, Morawitz 0 0-0 0, McKinstry 2 0-3 4, Mo. Mahan 0 0-0 0, Lowney 4 0-0 11, Setterquist 6 0-2 12, Lightcap 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 8-15 45.

SKYVIEW (30) Heffner 6 0-2 12, Al. Fay 0 0-1 0, Dalebout 0 0-1 0, Bonebrake 4 1-2 9, Dreifuerst 0 0-0 0, L. Smith 0 0-0 0, Garrant 2 0-0 4, Am. Fay 2 1-1 5, St. Clair 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 2-6 30.

3-point goals Homer 3 (Lowney). Total fouls Homer 16, Skyview 16. Fouled out none.



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