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SoHi girls get past Kardinals

Kenai takes boys game in OT

Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006

Both the girls and boys basketball games came down to the final seconds Thursday in Northern Lights Conference action between host Kenai Central and rival Soldotna.

In the girls game, Mikala Smith scored a rebound basket with 23 seconds left to provide the difference in a 48-46 victory for Soldotna that moved the Stars’ record to 9-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

In the boys game, the Kardinals won 55-52 in overtime after a couple of scoring opportunities for the Stars came up short in the final seconds.

Smith’s rebound basket kept the Stars from losing a game they had led by 10 points at the half. After Kenai’s Kelsey Brewer tied the game at 46 on a jump shot with 37 seconds left, the Stars got the ball to Shelly Barker in the corner for a 3-pointer. Barker missed the shot, but Smith, who finished with 15 points, was there to put the rebound in.

Kenai then held the ball until 8 seconds remained and called timeout. Lindsay Keener drove the ball to the basket and found Amber McGlasson for an open 8-footer, but the shot rimmed out.

Smith came back to hit the winning shot after banging her head during a collision with teammate Paige Blackburn earlier in the half. Smith had to sit on the bench and collect herself after the play, but after the game she said her head still hurt.

The bump on the head may have even served Smith well on the game’s pivotal play, because she said she was trying to bank the shot in only to see the ball go directly in the bucket without deflecting off the backboard.

After the first quarter, the Stars were not thinking they would need a clutch shot to pick up the victory. Soldotna put six different scorers in the book in the first quarter and shot 6 of 10 from the floor in taking a 17-6 lead. The Kardinals came out and shot just 3 of 12 in the opening period and had eight turnovers.

Kenai coach Lee Moore said his team did a great job of getting it together after the tough start.

“The great thing about this team is its character,” Moore said. “There have been a number of times we could have quit, and we come out fighting every time.”

The Kardinals started by turning up the intensity on defense, forcing Soldotna into 17 turnovers in the second through fourth quarters after forcing just three in the opening quarter.

“We were thinking we would stay ahead the whole time,” Smith said. “We started playing stupid.”

Soldotna still had the lead by 10 at the half, but in the third quarter the turnovers started to hurt the Stars. The third quarter was the only quarter where Kenai hit its shots. The Kardinals shot a combined 26 percent in the first, second and fourth quarters, and 53 percent in the third quarter.

With 2:31 left in the third, Katie Foley capped an 8-2 run with a jumper to pull Kenai within 35-31. At the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth, the Kardinals put together a 7-0 run that gave them a 40-39 lead with 5:02 left when Samantha Navarre nailed a 3-pointer.

From that point on, no team would lead by more than three points for the rest of the game.

Keener paced the Kardinals with 11 points, while Blackburn added 12 points for the Stars.

Kenai boys 55, Soldotna 52, OT

The Kardinals received 19 points and some clutch baskets from Austin McLeod to get past the Stars.

Kenai trailed by seven points late in the fourth quarter but Brandon Miles started a comeback with a long 3-pointer. McLeod scored the next five points of the game to give the Kards a 46-45 lead with 35 seconds left.

After Soldotna’s Brian Blossom, who had 12 points, nailed a 3-pointer, McLeod hit a layup to tie the game at 48 with 11 seconds left. Soldotna’s Kory Wilbanks, who finished with 14 points, had two free throws with 6 seconds left, but he missed both of them. The Stars rebounded the second miss, but Kelly Seggerman could not connect on a 3-pointer.

In overtime, the Kards jumped out to a 54-48 lead, but Blossom was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. He hit his first two foul shots, then Tony Besse, who finished with 14 points, rebounded the miss on the third foul shot and scored to cut Kenai’s lead to 54-52.

Cory Toombs hit 1 of 2 foul shots for Kenai, and Brook Carver came down and missed a 3-pointer for Soldotna. The Stars battled for the rebound and got the ball out-of-bounds with 1.6 seconds left, but turned the ball over on the inbounds play. Kenai returned the favor, turning the ball over on the inbounds, but yet another turnover on an inbounds play doomed the Stars.

Kevin Epperheimer added 10 points for Kenai.

Girls

STARS 48, KARDINALS 46

Soldotna 17 11 11 9 —48

Kenai 6 12 19 9 —46

SOLDOTNA (48) — Smith 4 7-11 15, McCown 2 0-0 4, Kennedy 4 1-2 9, Stenga 1 0-0 2, Bell 0 0-0 0, Barker 2 1-2 6, Denna 0 0-0 0, Blackburn 5 2-2 12. Totals — 18 11-17 48.

KENAI CENTRAL (46) — Navarre 3 0-0 7, Keener 4 2-7 11, Foley 1 0-0 2, Moore 0 0-0 0, McGlasson 3 0-2 6, Kiel 0 0-0 0, Craig 1 1-3 3, Johnson 1 0-0 3, Steward 2 2-2 6, Brewer 3 2-2 8. Totals 18 7-16 46.

3-point goals — Soldotna 1 (Barker 1); Kenai 3 (Navarre 1, Keener 1, Johnson 1). Team fouls — Soldotna 17, Kenai 17. Fouled out — Denna, Steward.

Boys

KARDINALS 55, STARS 52, OT

Soldotna 9 16 6 17 4 —52

Kenai 16 8 8 16 7 —55

SOLDOTNA (52) — Lybrand 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Blossom 3 5-7 12, Besse 7 0-2 14, Carver 0 0-0 0, Wilbanks 6 2-6 14, Chatham 1 0-0 2, Seggerman 3 1-6 7. Totals — 20 8-21 52.

KENAI (55) — Saltzgiver 2 0-1 4, Chappell 2 0-0 4, Gustkey 0 0-0 0, Ellis 3 0-1 7, Toombs 1 2-4 4, Beeson 0 0-0 0, Blanning 0 0-0 0, Epperheimer 2 6-8 10, Ward 0 0-0 0, Faumui 0 0-0 0, Miles 3 0-0 7, McLeod 9 1-2 19. Totals — 22 9-16 55.

3-point goals — Soldotna 1 (Blossom 1); Kenai 2 (Ellis 1, Miles 1). Team fouls — Soldotna 17, Kenai 19. Fouled out — Wilbanks, Saltzgiver.



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