Wasilla takes 2 from SkyHi

Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010

The visiting Wasilla girls and boys basketball teams cruised to Northern Lights Conference victories over Skyview on Friday.

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Skyview's Albert White passes the ball over Wasilla's Braydon Kuiper in the first quarter Friday night.

In the girls game, the Warriors overcame a slow start to post a 67-25 victory. Wasilla moved to 3-2 overall and 7-4 in the league, while Skyview dropped to 2-3 in the league and 5-9 overall. The Wasilla boys won 77-29.

Wasilla and Skyview struggled on offense to start the girls game. When a timeout was called with 5:14 left in the first quarter, Wasilla was 0-for-6 with three turnovers while Skyview was 0-for-4 with two turnovers.

Skyview's Jaxon Hill broke the ice with layups at 4:41 and 3:33 to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead.

"We didn't play well in the first quarter," Wasilla coach Jeannie Hebert-Truax said. "Coach was not happy. I don't think the kids were ready to play.

"When the ball goes up, they have to be ready to give 100 percent. Skyview did a good job coming out with intensity."

Hebert-Truax said she took out her starters three minutes into the first quarter. Wasilla's second team succeeded in turning the game around.

Hilary Apangolook hit a jumper with 3:10 to play to finally get Wasilla on the board. The Warriors had missed their first 10 shots from the floor.

Late in the first quarter, Wasilla started a 15-2 run that would end when Savanna Burke drained a pair of foul shots for a 19-8 lead with 4:16 left in the second quarter.

The run was made possible by Skyview turnovers. The Panthers had 13 turnovers in the first quarter and 13 turnovers in the second quarter against Wasilla's fierce press, which Hebert-Truax said averages 13 steals per game.

"It was a lack of communication," Skyview senior Jaci Lamborn said. "We need to work on being stronger with our passes."

Skyview senior Casee Penrod agreed: "The turnovers made the difference in the game."

The Panthers were 10-of-25 from the floor in the first three quarters, but had 35 turnovers.

"We spread the floor out well," Penrod said. "When we passed well, we were able to get some good shots."

The next big turning point in the game came with 2:04 left in the third quarter, when Hill fouled out. Both Lamborn and Penrod said Hill is essential to Skyview's defense in the paint. Skyview also lost more crucial depth when Jessica Jones fouled out with 6:11 left in the game.

The Warriors took advantage by outscoring the Panthers 25-3 in the final frame. Wasilla shot a blistering 9-of-14 from the floor in the final period.

Penrod paced the Panthers with nine points, while Alexis Imoe had 14 for Wasilla and Celeste Colegrove added 11.

The rough offensive beginning left a poor taste in the mouths of both squads.

"We're not playing well right now," Hebert-Truax said. "Coach is not happy."

Said Lamborn: "We have a lot of things we need to work on. We're looking forward to getting back to practice."

Wasilla boys 77, Skyview 29

The Warriors started the game with an 11-0 run and outscored the Panthers 20-2 in the first quarter in improving to 3-0 in the league. Skyview remains winless in league play.

Wasilla coach Ryan Engebretsen said he liked his team's intensity, but did not like his team's execution.

"Our execution was not where it has to be if we're going to be playing for championships at the end of the season," Engebretsen said.

The Warriors were still able to roll up a big lead due mainly to the hard work of Cody Pfeifer and Connor Devine, who is listed at 6-foot-7, on the glass. Pfeifer finished with 17 points, while 13 coming in the first half, while Devine had 16 points, with 12 coming in the first half.

Skyview did not have an answer for either player under the basket.

"I can always count on my kids to work their butts off," Engebretsen said. "We played our rivals, Colony, on Tuesday. I was happy that we started this game with the same intensity we played with against Colony."

The Warriors held a 44-9 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Wasilla outscored Skyview 18-14. That was the only quarter where Engebretsen said he did not see enough intensity.

"We tried to work on playing hard, and we tried to work on fundamentals on offense and defense," Skyview coach Jesse Settlemyer said. "We played pretty good in the third quarter."

Albert White was able to get penetration from the point guard position and scored all six of his points in the third quarter. Preston Penrod, a freshman, and Cameron Harvey shook loose for 3-pointers, while Harvey added another bucket.

"We moved the ball a little better," Settlemyer said. "There wasn't so much standing around."

The coach also said that big men DJ Diaz and Chad Oakes did their best to control the tall, athletic Warriors under the basket. Diaz paced the Panthers with seven points.

Ten players dented the scoring column for the Warriors.

"We won this as a team," Engebretsen said.

Settlemyer said the Warriors could possibly serve as a measuring stick for his team.

"It looks like we could see them in the first round of the region tournament," he said. "We will have a chance to get to see how much we improved. They're playing at a level we would like to get to."

ACS girls 41, Skyview 37, OT

The Panthers came back from a big halftime deficit to force overtime, but the Lions prevailed for a nonconference victory at Skyview. Debbiey Simmers scored all six of Anchorage Christian Schools' points in overtime.

Friday boys

Warriors 77, Panthers 29

Wasilla 20 24 18 14 --77

Skyview 2 7 14 6 --29

WASILLA (77) -- Schierman 3 1-1 7, Quenga 3 0-0 6, Mock 1 0-0 2, Kuiper 3 2-2 9, Stahle 2 0-0 5, Bydlon 3 2-2 8, Pfeifer 7 3-5 17, Brashears 0 0-0 0, Devine 7 2-7 16, Pine 0 0-0 0, Teeling 2 0-0 4, Green 0 2-2 2. Totals -- 31 12-19 77.

SKYVIEW (29) -- Hallford 0 0-0 0, Symonds 0 0-0 0, White 3 0-0 6, Malatesta 0 0-0 0, Jones 1 0-0 2, Penrod 2 0-0 5, Harvey 2 0-0 5, McDonald 0 0-0 0, Diaz 3 1-2 7, Oakes 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 13 1-2 29.

3-point goals -- Wasilla 2 (Kuiper 1, Stahle 1); Skyview 2 (Penrod 1, Harvey 1). Team fouls -- Wasilla 7, Skyview 12.

Friday girls

Warriors 67, Panthers 25

Wasilla 9 18 15 25 --67

Skyview 6 8 8 3 --25

WASILLA (67) -- Frizzelle 0 0-0 0, Apangolook 3 0-2 6, Imoe 5 3-3 14, Dinkel 2 0-1 4, Nuss 2 0-2 4, Naczi 1 0-2 2, Brown 1 1-2 3, Bialka 2 1-2 5, Colegrove 4 3-4 11, Troisi 2 0-1 4, Cottle 3 0-0 6, Burke 2 2-2 6. Totals -- 29 10-21 67.

SKYVIEW (25) -- Jones 0 0-0 0, Hauptman 1 0-0 2, O'Guinn 0 0-1 0, Penrod 4 1-2 9, Stewart 0 1-2 1, Cooper 0 0-0 0, Hill 4 0-0 8, Lamborn 2 1-3 5, Malatesta 0 0-0 0. Totals --11 3-8 25.

3-point goals -- Wasilla 1 (Imoe 1). Team fouls -- Wasilla 17, Skyview 22. Fouled out -- Jones, Hill.

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