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SkyHi, Kenai split region contests

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2005

 

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  Skyview's Laura Smith passes the ball over Kenai's Kelsey Brewer in the first quarter at Skyview Friday night. Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Skyview girls and Kenai boys basketball teams picked up Northern Lights Conference victories Friday at Skyview High School.

In a girls game that featured 50 fouls and 71 free throws, Shelley Heffner and Allison Fay each scored 14 points to lead the Panthers to a 47-36 victory.

In the boys game, the Kardinals outscored the Panthers 15-2 in the first quarter. Skyview outscored Kenai in every quarter after that, but still was saddled with a 54-46 loss.

The result of the girls game came down to which team was able to adjust to the tight officiating.

Skyview coach Wade Marcuson said he thought his team had better shooters than Kenai. However, he was concerned about the intense pressure Kenai's athletic team brings to the table.

The coach told his team to start out intense and, with whistles blaring after every bumped body, that intensity started to backfire on the Panthers. Skyview had a 14-11 lead after Melissa Fay nailed a layup with 6:25 left in the second quarter, but then the Kardinals went on an 8-0 run that included a pair of foul shots after Marcuson was slapped with a technical foul.

This called for a Skyview strategy change, and Marcuson called timeout with his team trailing 19-14 with 4:29 left before halftime.

"I told them that every time they touched someone, it would be a foul," Marcuson said. "I told them to calm down and play better help-side defense. I told them they had to move their feet, because if they were a step late they would be called for a foul."

The talk worked as Skyview closed the half on an 8-2 run to take a 22-21 lead. During the run, Skyview used the tight officiating to its advantage as Heffner hit seven free throws and Laura Smith added another foul shot.

The Panthers held just a 30-27 lead after three quarters, but Kenai ballhandlers and solid free-throw shooters Samantha Calderwood and Lindsey Keener entered the final eight minutes in foul trouble.

In the fourth quarter, Keener would foul out with 4:04 left and Calderwood permanently joined her on the bench with 3:59 left. Skyview was leading 35-32 when Calderwood left the game and the Panthers steadily increased the lead after her exit.

"We definitely did not do a good job adjusting to the officiating and backing off just a bit," Kenai coach Lee Moore said. "We ended up hurting ourselves in a number of ways."

Calderwood paced the Kardinals with nine points.

Kenai boys 54, Skyview 46

In losing a pair of games in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys a week ago, Kenai coach Jim Beeson said his team did not come out of the gate with enough intensity.

In order to address that problem, the Kardinals shortened up their practices this week with an eye toward being intense the entire practice. The ploy worked Friday as Kenai built a 15-0 cushion against the Panthers and carried it to victory.

"Practice made us confident," said Kenai's Kevin Epperheimer, who led Kenai with 19 points. "We just tried to play the game like we had played in practice."

While Skyview missing its first 10 shots of the game didn't help, the big difference in the first quarter was turnovers. Kenai had just two turnovers, while the Panthers had nine turnovers that the Kardinals turned into 11 points.

"We've told the guys all year that all the teams on the peninsula are close and that no team is better than the other one," Skyview coach Dave Blossom said. "The team that turns the ball over the least is going to win."

 

Skyview's Laura Smith passes the ball over Kenai's Kelsey Brewer in the first quarter at Skyview Friday night.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Blossom said his team gave Kenai 29 points on 24 turnovers, and that the Kardinals were too good to lose after receiving such generosity.

Despite the tough start, Skyview hung around and tossed a few scares into the Kardinals. A 6-0 Skyview run made it 22-16 with 2:50 left until half, but Kenai answered wtih a 6-0 run of its own and led 30-19 at half.

"We relaxed for a little bit in the second quarter," Beeson said. "We needed to get the intensity back up."

In the third quarter, the Panthers cut the lead to seven several times but Kenai closed the quarter with a 44-34 lead. Skyview would get no closer than eight points in the final quarter as Epperheimer was able to break down Skyview's pressure for six layups. Jordan Jenckes added 10 points in the game for Kenai.

Jeff Dolifka paced the Panthers with 19 points.

Valdez girls 55, Skyview 45

Allison Fay had 12 points and Anna Blake added 10 points but the host Panthers could not overcome the Buccaneers Saturday in nonconference action.

Skyview boys 48, Valdez 40

Brian Blossom had 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead the host Panthers to a nonconference victory over Valdez Saturday.

The game was tied at 29 heading into the final quarter, but the Buccaneers could not keep up with Blossom's explosive output. Zack Rowell added 13 points for the Panthers.

Homer girls 42, Kenai Central 29

The Mariners used a stifling defensive effort to score a Northern Lights Conference victory over the host Kardinals Saturday night.

Homer did not allow a Kenai player to reach double figures and did not allow the Kardinals to score 10 points in any quarter. The Mariners did the majority of their damage in the third quarter, when they outscored Kenai 13-4.

Allison Horazdovsky had 10 points to lead all scorers.

Girls

PANTHERS 47, KARDINALS 36

Kenai Central 10 11 6 9 —36

Skyview 10 12 8 17 —47

KENAI CENTRAL (36) — Navarre 3 2-6 8, Keener 0 7-12 7, Foley 0 0-0 0, Dunn 0 0-0 0, McGlasson 1 0-8 2, Peterson 2 4-6 8, Calderwood 1 7-8 9, Craig 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Kiel 0 0-0 0, Brewer 1 0-0 2. Totals — 8 20-40 36.

SKYVIEW (47) — Heffner 1 12-16 14, M. Fay 2 0-1 4, VanRyzin 3 1-2 7, Dreifuerst 0 4-8 4, Blake 0 1-2 1, Smith 0 1-2 1, Shadura 1 0-0 2, A. Fay 7 0-0 14. Totals — 14 19-31 47.

3-point goals — none. Total fouls — Kenai 27, Skyview 23. Fouled out — Keener, Calderwood.

BUCCANEERS 55, PANTHERS 45

Valdez 11 14 15 15 —55

Skyview 9 12 13 11 —45

VALDEZ (55) — Connor 2 1-4 5, Nguyen 1 0-0 2, Tanner 0 0-0 0, Haltness 3 0-3 6, Holmes 1 4-4 6, Tanner 0 0-0 0, Nielsen 4 5-5 13, Dahlstrom 5 8-9 18, Adsitt 0 0-0 0, Pipkin 1 1-2 3, Beer 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 19-27 55.

SKYVIEW (45) — Heffner 1 1-2 3, M. Fay 1 0-0 2, VanRyzin 1 0-1 2, Dreifuerst 3 1-1 7, Blake 5 0-1 10, Smith 1 0-0 2, Shadura 3 1-3 7, A. Fay 4 4-6 12. Totals — 19 7-14 45.

3-point goals — none. Total fouls — Valdez 15, Skyview 18. Fouled out — Dahlstrom.

MARINERS 42, KARDINALS 29

Homer 10 10 13 9 —42

Kenai 8 9 4 8 —29

HOMER (42) — Bornheimer 3 0-0 6, Gruber 0 0-0 0, Pollack 2 0-0 4, Creamer 0 0-0 0, Conley 0 0-0 0, Luebbert 0 0-2 0, Horazdovsky 4 2-2 10, McKinstry 2 1-2 3, Siekaniec 1 0-1 2, Lowney 3 2-2 9, Temple 4 0-1 8. Totals — 17 5-10 42.

KENAI (29) — Navarre 0 0-0 0, Keener 2 1-3 5, Foley 1 0-0 2, Dunn 1 0-0 2, McGlasson 2 3-5 7, Peterson 4 0-0 8, Calderwood 1 0-0 3, Craig 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Kiel 0 0-0 0, Brewer 1 0-1 2. Totals — 12 4-9 29.

3-point goals — Kenai 1 (Calderwood 1). Total fouls — Homer 10, Kenai 14. Fouled out — none.

Boys

KARDINALS 54, PANTHERS 46

Kenai 15 15 14 10 —54

Skyview 2 17 15 12 —46

KENAI CENTRAL (54) — Hansen 1 0-0 2, Saltzgiver 1 2-2 4, Chappell 2 0-0 4, Reemtsma 1 0-0 2, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Epperheimer 9 0-0 19, Miles 1 1-2 3, Faumui 0 2-2 2, McLeod 1 2-2 4, Bennett 2 0-0 4, Jenckes 4 2-3 10. Totals — 22 9-11 54.

SKYVIEW (46) — VanHoose 2 0-1 4, Foister 0 0-0 0, Rowell 3 1-2 7, Dolifka 7 5-8 19, Bosick 1 1-7 3, Blossom 2 2-3 6, Singleton 1 0-0 2, McMilin 0 0-0 0, Hering 2 1-2 5. Totals — 18 10-23 46.

3-point goals — Kenai Central 1 (Epperheimer 1). Total fouls — Kenai Central 24, Skyview 11. Fouled out — Miles.

PANTHERS 48, BUCCANEERS 40

Valdez 7 12 10 11 —40

Skyview 14 4 11 19 —48

VALDEZ (40) — Schliesing 0 0-0 0, Koszarek 0 0-0 0, Goudreau 3 0-3 6, Ellis 7 1-2 15, Tetz 3 0-0 7, Gibbs 3 0-0 6, Liljedahl 0 0-0 0, Flynn 3 0-0 6. Totals — 19 1-5 40.

SKYVIEW (48) — VanHoose 0 0-1 0, Rowell 6 0-0 13, Dolifka 3 2-6 8, Bosick 1 3-4 5, Blossom 3 8-8 16, Singleton 0 0-0 0, Hering 3 0-0 6. Totals — 16 13-18 48.

3-point goals — Valdez 1 (Tetz 1); Skyview 3 (Blossom 2, Rowell 1). Total fouls — Valdez 18, Skyview 11. Fouled out — Goudreau.



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