Kardinals and Panthers split

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2007

 

  Kenai's Damaris Craig drives to the hoop while Skyview's Alex West attempts the block and Melissa Fay (14) looks on during Saturday's game at Kenai. Photo by Joseph Robertia

Kenai's Damaris Craig drives to the hoop while Skyview's Alex West attempts the block and Melissa Fay (14) looks on during Saturday's game at Kenai.

Photo by Joseph Robertia

Riding an emotional wave from the previous night, Skyview posted its second straight league win Saturday night.

The Lady Panthers got 18 points from senior Melissa Fay and turned back host Kenai Central 43-36 in Northern Lights Conference girls basketball.

In the nightcap, the Kardinals protected their Class 4A No. 5 ranking from the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network with a 54-39 victory over Skyview.

The girls contest was close throughout, with Skyview rallying from a seven-point deficit in the second quarter. The Lady Panthers, who rallied to upset Homer at home Friday night, pulled ahead before intermission and then rallied again in the third quarter keyed by Fay.

“We were still pumped up from the game last night,” Fay said.

The victories, Fay said, have really boosted the team as the season heads into the homestretch.

“We are stepping it up,” Fay said. “We’re playing like we can play. We’re trying to fight for the third seed to regions.”

Fay was out for a stretch of time in the third quarter, but her return directly coincided with the Lady Kardinals’ fall. Skyview erased a 30-26 deficit with defensive play leading to baskets by sophomore Melissa Massey and senior Chelsea Martin 14 seconds apart during the final minute of the period.

In the fourth quarter, two turnovers and three missed shots by Kenai in a five-possession stretch allowed the Lady Panthers to break from a 32-32 deadlock to a 38-32 lead with 5:07 to play. Kenai never got closer than four the rest of the way.

Fay was instrumental, hitting a foul shot, feeding Martin for a breakaway basket following a steal by senior Ariel Mercier and scoring another layup in transition for the six-point cushion.

Kenai head coach Ken Felchle pointed to the end of the period as the turning point.

“We were up 30-26 and then kind of had a defensive lapse,” Felchle said. “We took a rushed shot, didn’t get back on defense and they were up the court quickly and tied it. That took the wind out of our sails, and it carried over to the fourth quarter.”

In addition to Fay’s 18 points, Martin added nine points for Skyview (9-10, 2-5 NLC), which hosts Colony and Palmer on Friday and Saturday.

“Kenai is tough, and it’s always good to beat Kenai,” Martin said. “They had really good defense. They were hustling and their post defense was good.”

Kenai Central (4-15, 1-7 NLC), which hosts Kodiak and Nikiski on Friday and Saturday, was led in scoring by juniors Amanda Mills and Kyla Steward with eight points each.

Kenai boys 54, Skyview 39

Skyview’s defensive intensity allowed the Panthers to stay right with the Kardinals throughout the game’s opening 10 minutes. But the Kardinals cranked into gear in the second quarter, outscoring their guests 17-2 in a stretch of four-plus minutes.

“The thing that is hard is trying to match the other team’s intensity,” said Kenai head coach Jim Beeson. “We’re not big enough physically to not play hard all the time. Early in the season, we were playing hard throughout, but lately we’re not doing it for 32 minutes consistently. Its something we have to do.”

The Kardinals’ 27-12 lead was trimmed to 27-20 by intermission, but an 18-4 advantage in the third quarter erased any further suspense in the outcome.

Junior Nate Saltzgiver hit a pair of 3-pointers in each of the second and third periods, finished with five for the night and 25 points.

Junior Daniel Gustkey added nine points for Kenai (14-4, 6-2 NLC).

“I thought that’s when we played hard,” Beeson said of the second quarter surge. “We got the tempo more in our favor. We have to do it with defense.”

Skyview (6-12, 2-5 NLC) was led by 6-4 junior Richie Shirnberg’s 22 points, 14 of which came in the first half.

Saturday girls

PANTHERS 43, KARDINALS 36

Skyview 8 11 11 13 —43

Kenai 9 10 11 6 —36

SKYVIEW (43) — Graves 0 0-0 0, Martin 3 3-5 9, Massey 1 4-4 6, Fay 4 9-11 18, Van Ryzin 2 3-6 7, Mercier 0 0-0 0, West 0 0-0 0, Meyer 0 0-0 0, Cas. Penrod 1 0-0 3. Totals 11 19-26 43.

KENAI (36) — Delaney 0 0-0 0, Foley 0 0-0 0, Moore 2 1-2 5, Mills 3 2-2 8, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Wortham 1 4-6 6, Craig 2 3-4 7, Gabriel 1 0-0 2, Steward 4 0-0 8. Totals 13 10-14 36.. 3-point goals — Skyview 2 (Fay, Cas. Penrod). Total fouls — Skyview 13, Kenai 21. Fouled out — none.

Saturday boys

KARDINALS 54, PANTHERS 39

Skyview 10 10 4 15 —39

Kenai 10 17 18 9 —54

SKYVIEW (39) — Thornton 0 0-0 0, Dallmann 1 0-0 2, Hatten 3 0-1 6, Bosick 2 0-0 4, Blossom 2 1-3 5, Shirnberg 10 2-3 22. Totals 18 3-7 39.

KENAI (54) — Saltzgiver 9 2-2 25, Werba 0 0-0 0, Ferguson 0 0-0 0, Beeson 1 0-0 2, Toombs 1 3-4 6, Maxon 0 2-2 2, Gustkey 4 1-1 9, Byrd 2 0-2 4, Lazaro 0 0-0 0, Chimphalee 2 2-4 6. Totals 19 10-15 54.

3-point goals — Kenai 6 (Saltzgiver 5, Toombs 1). Total fouls — Skyview 15, Kenai 15. Fouled out — Dallman.



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