Kards blow past Wolverines

Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2001

The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team got an up-close-and-personal look at the Kenai Central High School defense Saturday at Kenai in a nonregion game.

The Kardinals suffocated the Wolverines, racing to a 48-27 win.

The Kenai boys also were successful against the Wolverines, notching a 67-44 victory.

"Our three guards can get out and play people," Kenai girls coach Jim Beeson said. "We're relying on our perimeter players being quicker, getting out and causing turnovers."

 

Kenai's Shamra Bauder swats the ball away from Ninilchik's Maria Johnson during the second half Saturday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Kardinals backcourt trio of Jamie Montgomery, Jessi Reilly and Karli Knudsen did just that, creating easy scoring opportunities for their teammates in the process.

Knudsen finished with 15 points while Erica Shinn was a prime beneficiary of Kenai's nimble guards, scoring 12 points for the Kardinals.

"I have so much confidence in our guards," Shinn said. "They come out and play hard. We don't have to help them out at all."

Shinn pointed to the Kenai backcourt's ability to penetrate on offense as an asset to what she does in the post.

"We work on having our guards go hard to the foul line, then pulling back out," Shinn said. "That opens up the post."

In fact, the strategy proved to be a double-edged sword for the Wolverines -- push up to the perimeter to cover Kenai's guards and one of them is sure to find an open player under the basket, back off to protect the inside and the Kardinals guards are capable of pouring in points from the perimeter.

And when the Kardinals score, they can set up their ferocious full-court press.

"They play in-your-face defense, and we didn't handle it very well," Ninilchik coach Dan Leman said. "I doubt very much we'll see a press like this against us the rest of the season, but this was a good opportunity for the kids to see something like that. They have a few weeks to digest that."

Molly Bosick scored eight points for the Wolverines and teammate Amanda Peterson netted nine points.

Ninilchik was without the services of Whitney Leman, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered Friday night. Dan Leman was optimistic she could return to the lineup in time for the district tournament.

"You need all your weapons when you're going to play Kenai, though I don't know what difference it would have made," Leman said.

While the Kardinals scored most of their points off turnovers, Leman was pleased to see his defense play well when they could get the Kardinals into a half-court set.

KENAI BOYS 67, NINILCHIK 44

The Kardinals went on a 9-0 run to open the game and never looked back, taking a 41-15 lead into the locker room at the half.

Marcus Webster scored 18 points for the Kardinals while teammate Brad Burck netted 15 points. Joel Dunn scored 11 points.

"Today we just went back to basics," Burck said, explaining that the Kardinals needed to regroup as a team after a tough weekend at the Nikiski Tipoff Tournament. "We wanted to come out this week and get back to fundamentals and play basketball the way we know we can."

The Wolverines did find some success, particularly in the fourth quarter as the Kenai starters rotated out.

"Ninilchik's got some good players," Kenai coach Rich Bartolowits said.

Buck Kvasnikoff ended the game on a high note for the Wolverines, sinking a 3-pointer from NBA range while being fouled, then following up with the free throw to complete the four-point play. Kvasnikoff finished with 18 points.

Jesse Hostetter was able to find a few seams in the Kenai defense and scored 16 points for the Wolverines.

Bartolowits used the game as an opportunity to run a few new plays and get some fresh faces on the floor for the Kardinals.

"We worked on some defensive sets, a couple different looks, and a new offense we'd been working on," Bartolowits said. "We got a couple of kids in who hadn't seen a lot of playing time."

Kenai faces some stiff Region III/4A competitions next weekend when Kodiak and Wasilla will be in town.

Girls

KARDINALS 48, WOLVERINES 27

Ninilchik 6 7 3 11 -- 27

Kenai 18 11 10 9 -- 48

NINILCHIK (27) -- Peterson 4 1-2 9, Hansen 1 0-0 2, Russo 1 0-0 2, Matson 0 0-0 0, Moerlein 0 1-2 1, Bosick 3 2-6 8, B. Leman 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Deiman 0 1-2 1, Sullivan 0 1-2 1. Totals -- 11 5-10 27.

KENAI (48) -- Bauder 2 2-4 6, Knudsen 7 0-0 15, Reilly 0 1-4 1, Montgomery 2 0-0 4, Goggia 0 0-0 0, Popp 0 0-0 0, Edwards 2 0-0 4, Hall 0 1-2 1, Shinn 6 0-1 12, Erin Smith 1 0-0 2, Erica Smith 0 1-2 1, Rhyner 1 0-0 2, McCune 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 5-12 48.

3-point goals -- Kenai 1 (Knudsen). Total fouls -- Ninilchik 7, Kenai 15. Fouled out -- none.

KARDINALS 67, WOLVERINES 44

Ninilchik 5 10 13 16 -- 44

Kenai 21 20 10 16 -- 67

NINILCHIK (44) --Schollenberg 0 0-0 0, Miller 1 0-0 2, Smith 0 0-0 0, Stradford 0 0-0 0, Kruzick 0 2-4 2, Boyle 0 1-2 1, Bock 1 0-0 3, Matson 1 0-0 2, Hostetter 6 4-4 16, Kvasnikoff 7 2-2 18. Totals -- 16 9-12 44.

KENAI (67) -- Pault 3 2-3 8, Church 1 0-0 2, Alexander 1 0-0 2, Foley 1 0-0 2, Webster 8 1-2 18, Magsayo 0 0-0 0, Schooley 4 0-0 8, Barnes 0 1-2 1, Burck 7 0-2 15, Dunn 5 1-1 11, Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals --29 7-12 67.

3-point goals -- Ninilchik 3 (Kvasnikoff 2, Bock 1), Kenai 2 (Webster, Burck). Total fouls -- Ninilchik 9, Kenai 16. Fouled out -- none.



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