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Kenai Central cagers score sweep of Skyview

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2002

The Kenai Central boys basketball team's victory over Skyview was a Dunn deal.

Kenai's Joel Dunn put back a miss by teammate Steve Steiner with 7 seconds left in the game to give Kenai a 46-44 victory in a packed Skyview gym Friday night. The Kardinals girls also picked up a 43-34 Region III/4A victory Friday.

With the score tied at 44, Kenai boys coach Rich Bartolowits called timeout with 57 seconds left in the game.

"We've been doing a drill in practice that puts us in that exact situation," Bartolowits said after his team improved to 2-1 in the region and 7-4 overall. "We just hold the ball for a minute, and the only shot we're going to take is a layup.

"We had that drill down in practice, but you never know how teen-agers are going to react in a game situation."

Despite the ever-increasing din from the crowd as the clock ticked down, the Kardinals wound down the clock patiently. Steiner got in the lane for a twisting layup. Although he missed, the defensive help he drew left Dunn wide open for the game winner.

"I'd missed a layup on the possession before that, so I had to do something," Dunn said. "I had to get something to drop."

After Dunn's layup, Skyview called timeout with 5 seconds left. Skyview's Mark McGarry did well to get the ball all the way up the court and hit Kaleb Shields for a contested 5-footer, but the shot rimmed out as the horn sounded.

"Five seconds is plenty of time to get the ball up the court," Skyview coach Dave Blossom said after his team fell to 1-1 in the region and 4-4 overall. "We just tried to push the ball up the court, and Kaleb took a good shot that almost went in.

"That's just the way it goes."

After Kenai jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter, Skyview was playing catch-up all night. In bolting to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter, Kenai's intense man-to-man defense forced eight Skyview turnovers, while the Kardinals hit 7 of their 17 shots from the floor.

In the second quarter, Skyview began to creep back into the game when it turned up its defense and Kenai hit just 4 of its 15 shots from the floor. Josh Rowell, who paced Skyview with 18 points, capped a 9-2 run with a pair of foul shots that made the score 21-17 with 2:20 to go until halftime.

"We couldn't hit a shot, and that took the wind out of our sails," Bartolowits said. "We started having some breakdowns on defense."

Skyview then started the second half on an 8-0 run and tied the game at 25 on a Rowell jumper with 5:12 left in the third quarter.

"I think we stepped it up on the defensive end in the second half," Blossom said. "That, and turnovers. We took better care of the ball in the second half. We had 15 turnovers in the first half.

"That's too many for a whole game."

Skyview took its first and only lead of the game with 3:40 to play in the contest on a rebound layup by Shields. However, Marcus Webster, who led all scorers with 21 points, hit a jumper with 2:20 to play to set up Dunn's heroics.

Steiner added 12 points off the bench for the Kardinals.

Kenai girls 43, Skyview 34

The Kardinals girls took an 11-0 lead in the first quarter, then used solid defense to hold off the Panthers for the rest of the game.

Kenai improved to 3-0 in Region III/4A and 9-1 overall, while Skyview dropped to 0-2 in the region and 2-7 overall.

"We were just real inconsistent on offense," Kenai coach Jim Beeson said. "To start the game, we had a spurt where we were playing good offense.

"We were getting good looks at the basket the whole game, they just weren't always dropping."

The Panthers played zone against Kenai for most of the evening, and it slowed their attack. Beeson said the Kardinals hadn't seen a lot of zone this year, but would probably be seeing more of it after Friday's struggles against Skyview.

"They play hard man-to-man defense, so that's what they're always going up against in practice," Skyview coach Joe Trujillo said. "I figured the zone might give them a little bit of trouble.

"I think it did. People who were scouting the game tonight will probably be showing them a little more zone."

Skyview was never quite able to get back in the game, however, because Kenai was playing some pretty good defense of its own.

"Our defense was fine," Beeson said. "We held them to 34 points, and you're going to win a lot of games doing that."

Skyview made several attempts to pop back into the game. With 7:20 left in the second quarter, Christina Colvin knocked down a jumper to cut the gap to 14-7. However, Kenai immediately went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Michelle Edwards rebound layup with 4:42 left until half.

The Panthers hung around and Jenny Carpenter put down a pair of free throws with 5:53 left in the game to make it 33-27. However, Kenai immediately took off on a 6-0 run, capped by a Sarah McLeod layup with 4:13 to go. Skyview wouldn't get within 10 points for the rest of the game.

Carpenter led all scorers with 14 points, while Erin Smith and Erica Shinn each had 11 points for Kenai.

"Erin Smith is an athlete, and that let her do some things," Beeson said. "She was able to get in the paint and get the ball up on the glass."

Trujillo had similarly kind words for junior guard Jamie Beever.

"She's a defensive hawk," Trujillo said. "She's not in the spotlight, but she's always around the ball on defense."

Friday

Girls

KARDINALS 43, PANTHERS 34

Kenai 14 11 6 12 --43

Skyview 5 8 8 13 --34

KENAI (43) -- Saltzgiver 1 0-1 2, Knudsen 2 0-0 5, Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Montgomery 3 1-5 7, Goggia 0 1-1 1, Popp 0 0-0 0, Edwards 2 0-2 4, McLeod 1 0-0 2, Hall 0 0-0 0, Shinn 5 1-2 11, Erin Smith 5 1-2 11, Moore 0 0-0 0, Hampton 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 19 4-13 43.

SKYVIEW (34) -- Anne Verba 0 0-0 0, Beever 1 0-1 2, Faigle 1 1-2 3, Gephardt 0 0-0 0, Colvin 3 0-0 6, Carpenter 4 6-10 14, Fay 2 1-2 5, Creel 1 2-2 4, Garrant 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 12 10-17 34.

3-point goals -- Kenai 1 (Knudsen 1); Skyview 0. Total fouls -- Kenai 19, Skyview 14. Fouled out -- none.

KARDINALS 46, PANTHERS 44

Kenai 17 8 11 10 --46

Skyview 8 9 16 11 --44

KENAI (46) -- Pault 2 0-0 4, Alexander 0 0-0 0, Foley 0 0-0 0, Webster 8 3-4 21, Steiner 5 0-0 12, Schooley 1 0-2 2, Dunn 2 3-4 7. Totals -- 18 6-10 46.

SKYVIEW (44) -- McGarry 1 0-2 1, Lewis 4 1-2 9, Rowell 6 6-7 18, Kosydar 1 5-5 7, Travers 2 0-0 4, Cooper 0 0-0 0, St. Clair 0 0-0 0, Shields 1 0-0 2, Geller 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 16 12-16 44.

3-point goals -- Kenai 4 (Webster 2, Steiner 2); Skyview 0. Fouled out -- none.

Skyview boys 68, Ninilchik 54

The Skyview boys had to come from behind after trailing 19-14 in the first quarter, but the Panthers managed to tie the game at the half on their way to a nonregion win Saturday at Ninilchik.

Josh Rowell paced the Panthers with 25 points while Jesse Hostetter netted 16 points for the Wolverines.

PANTHERS 68, WOLVERINES 54

Skyview 14 18 22 14 -- 68

Ninilchik 19 13 7 17 -- 54

SKYVIEW (68) -- McGarry 3 1-2 8, Shields 1 0-0 2, Travers 3 2-4 8, Malmquist 0 0-0 0, Lewis 2 0-0 4, St. Clair 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 0 2-2 2, Cooper 3 2-5 8, Rowell 12 1-2 25, Geller 4 2-2 11. Totals -- 28 10-17 68.

NINILCHIK (54) -- Tholberg 1 1-2 3, Matson 3 1-2 7, Hostetter 6 3-3 16, Kvasnikoff 3 3-4 11, Miller 4 1-1 10, Schollenberg 2 3-4 7, Russo 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 19 12-16 54.

3-point goals -- Skyview 2 (McGarry, Geller), Ninilchik 4 (Kvasnikoff 2, Hostetter, Miller. Total fouls -- Skyview 21, Ninilchik 20. Fouled out -- McGarry, Lewis, Matson, Miller. Technical fouls -- Ninilchik coach.

Ninilchik girls 57, Skyview 28

The Wolverines opened the game with a 12-1 run and put together a 23-for-30 (77 percent) effort from the free throw line to defeat the Panthers in a nonregion game at Ninilchik Saturday.

Whitney Leman paced the Wolverines with 28 points, including a 13-for-15 night at the charity stripe. Brieanna Leman netted 11 points for Ninilchik.

Laurel Creel led the Panthers with nine points.

Girls

WOLVERINES 57, PANTHERS 28

Skyview 1 11 5 11 -- 28

Ninilchik 12 17 17 11 -- 57

SKYVIEW (28) -- Verba 0 0-0 0, Beever 1 0-0 2, Faigle 0 0-0 0, Gephardt 1 2-3 4, Colvin 2 0-0 4, Carpenter 1 4-6 6, Fay 1 0-0 2, Dalebout 0 1-2 1, Creel 4 1-1 9. Totals -- 10 8-12 28.

NINILCHIK (57) -- Peterson 0 0-0 0, K. Moerlein 0 0-0 0, W. Leman 7 13-15 28, Matson 1 4-4 7, J. Moerlein 1 2-3 4, Bosick 1 1-2 3, B. Leman 5 1-2 11, Johnson 0 1-2 1, Deiman 1 0-0 2, McKee 0 1-2 1. Totals -- 16 23-30 57.

3-point goals -- Ninilchik 2 (W. Leman, Matson). Total fouls -- Skyview 21, Ninilchik 15. Fouled out -- none.



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