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Skyview girls topple Kenai

Kardinals boys overcome slow start to top Panthers

Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2003

The Skyview High School girls basketball team stole a page from Kenai Central's playbook Friday, using its corps of quick guards to pressure the Kardinals ballhandlers up and down the court.

The strategy worked as the Panthers came from behind for a 41-35 Region III/4A victory at Kenai.

Meanwhile, the Kenai Central boys overcame a ragged start to deal the visiting Panthers a 54-46 region defeat.

"This year, we're a pressing team," said Skyview's Christina Colvin. "We're capable of pressing a lot, and we're using it to our benefit."

It was the Kardinals who jumped out to an early lead. While the Panthers press was creating some turnovers, Skyview's shots weren't falling and Kenai was winning the battle under the basket, grabbing rebounds to deny Skyview any second opportunities.

Kenai's Dallas Baldwin netted eight of her nine total points in the first half, and Erin Smith scored 11 of her 14 to lead the Kardinals to a 23-14 lead at the half.

Skyview's Ann Verba snapped the Panthers out of their offensive funk, sinking a 3-pointer to open the second half, and the Panthers outscored Kenai 19-4 in the third quarter to take a 33-27 lead.

"They have bigger girls than we do (inside), but our smaller girls worked hard," Skyview's Jenny Carpenter said. "We worked hard to box out, because we knew they were bigger."

"We played a lot of help defense and boxed out better in the second half," Colvin said.

Laurel Creel provided a spark off the bench for the Panthers, scoring five of her 11 points in addition to coming up with some rebounds against taller players to help Skyview maintain its advantage through the fourth quarter. Verba finished with 12 points and Carpenter netted 11. Coach Wade Marcuson also credited Amanda Fay with a great effort at the defensive end of the floor.

Colvin pointed to teamwork and team confidence as keys to the win.

"Going into halftime, we knew we hadn't done some things right that we knew we could do," Colvin said. "We came out in the second half fired up. Everybody contributed. That's the difference in the team this year -- everybody is a key part of the team."

Kenai boys 54, Skyview 46

The Skyview boys opened the game with an 11-2 run and led 27-20 at the half, but the Kenai boys got a spark in the form of a 3-pointer by Ian Foley midway through the third quarter to begin their comeback.

"Ian Foley hitting a 3-pointer is always a spark," said Kenai's Caleb Schooley.

Foley's trey marked the start of a 19-7 run, and the Kardinals took their first lead of the game, 43-42, with 3:21 left in the fourth quarter.

Skyview's Adam Cooper was able to tip in a rebound for two points and a 44-43 Skyview lead, but Steve Steiner hit a pair of free throws to give the Kardinals the lead for good with 2:20 left to play, and Schooley gave his squad a three-point lead, 47-44, with a nifty move in the lane with 1:30 left.

The Panthers were forced to foul to stop the clock, but 10 Skyview fouls had the Kardinals in a double-bonus situation, and Kenai delivered from the foul line with 7-for-8 effort in the closing minute of play.

Steve Steiner led the Kardinals with 15 points, all in the second half, and went 7-for-8 from the foul line. Schooley netted 14 for the Kardinals while Foley finished with 11 points.

Ryan Geller scored 11 for the Panthers while Matt Travers netted 10 points.

Kenai coach Rich Bartolowits said his squad's comeback was just a matter of playing better basketball in the second half.

"We changed the offense up a couple of times, and each time we did, we got a few points," Bartolowits said, "and we just played better defense in the fourth quarter."

Schooley said the ragged start to the game -- two technical fouls were handed out and each team was in the bonus by the end of the first quarter -- was just a result of the intense local rivalry.

"There's definitely a rivalry we have with Skyview," Schooley said. "We're two schools where everybody knows everybody, and everybody wants to do better than everybody else. Emotions run high."

Girls

PANTHERS 41, KARDINALS 35

Skyview 5 9 19 8 -- 41

Kenai 11 12 4 8 -- 35

SKYVIEW (41) -- Verba 5 0-0 12, Gephardt 0 0-0 0, Faigle 1 0-0 2, Carpenter 3 3-6 9, Colvin 1 2-4 5, Creel 5 1-2 11, Fay 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 16 6-12 41.

KENAI (35) -- Saltzgiver 3 0-0 6, Keener 0 2-2 2, Baldwin 3 3-5 9, Moore 1 0-0 2, Erin Smith 10 4-8 14, Erica Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 13 9-15 35.

3-point goals -- Skyview 3 (Verba 2, Colvin). Total fouls -- Skyview 11, Kenai 12. Fouled out -- none.

KARDINALS 54, PANTHERS 46

Skyview 15 12 10 9 -- 46

Kenai 11 9 13 21 -- 54

SKYVIEW (46) -- Shields 4 0-1 8, Travers 3 4-4 10, Matarrese 1 0-0 2, Cushway 3 0-0 6, St. Clair 1 0-0 2, Kosydar 0 0-0 0, Cooper 2 3-6 7, Geller 5 0-1 11. Totals -- 19 7-12 46.

KENAI (54) -- Steiner 4 7-8 15, Chappell 0 0-0 0, Foley 4 1-2 11, Craig 0 0-0 0, Villegas 0 0-0 0, Schooley 5 4-6 14, Barnes 2 4-8 8, Gemmell 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 18 16-24 54.

3-point goals -- Skyview 1 (Geller), Kenai 2 (Foley 2). Total fouls -- Skyview 22, Kenai 16. Technical fouls -- Cushway, Steiner. Fouled out -- Mataresse.



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