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Valley controls Skyview: Panthers girls, boys lose NLC contests to Colony, Palmer

Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Colony girls and boys basketball teams swept host Skyview on senior night on Friday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Photo By Wesley Remmer
Photo By Wesley Remmer
Skyview junior Jordan Jones, right, makes a move against Jackson Buresh of Palmer on Saturday.

In the girls game, the Knights notched a 66-13 victory to move to 5-2 in the league and 16-4 overall. The Panthers fell to 2-4 and 3-15.

The Colony boys held off a third-quarter comeback to post a 68-45 victory and improve to 3-4 in the league. Skyview fell to 1-5 and 5-12.

The Skyview girls honored seniors Jaxon Hill, Caity Marang, Brittney Mercier, Jessica Saunders and Thit Bak before the game. The group got off to a good start when Marang hit a layup just 40 seconds into the game to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

The Knights quickly asserted control on the offensive and defensive ends, taking a 22-6 lead after the first quarter.

"Our big thing coming out here was intensity," Colony coach Tom Lincoln said. "We needed to play hard because you never look past any team in the region."

Lincoln thought his team passed the intensity test, and it showed in Skyview's turnover tally, which ended at 29.

"They are just so stinking tall," Skyview coach Eric Pomerleau said of Colony, which uses Mary Klapperich at the point of its trap defenses. "They have a 6-2 point defender. That makes it very difficult."

Pomerleau said his squad is still not patient enough when attacking the press. Instead of taking the time, ball-faking and doing a bounce pass, Skyview often tried to pass over the top of the athletic Knights. It didn't work.

The Skyview coach was happier with the way his team executed its zone defense.

"They did a good job attacking our zone," Pomerleau said. "They were able to make shots. Our goal was to take away the inside."

Lincoln also was very happy with the way his squad played on offense.

"One thing I told them in the comments after the game is that they moved the ball so well," the coach said.

The Knights whipped the ball efficiently around the perimeter, with the rock seldom touching the floor, until they found an open shot.

That unselfish passing was reflected in the scoring column, where nine Colony players scored and three cracked double digits. Kaitlyn Klapperich led with 15, while Jerica Nelson and Saige Stefanski each had 13.

"When there's not just one player that stands out for the game ball, that's a good thing," Lincoln said.

Pomerleau said his team kept up its effort even after the outcome had been decided. He gave credit to Marang for a solid start to the game before she was slowed by an injury.

Colony boys 68, Skyview 45

The Panthers were done in by a poor shooting night, finishing 13-of-49 from the field.

"I felt like we got good looks," Skyview coach Jesse Settlemyer said. "We did a good job with the offense. The shots just didn't fall."

Colony coach Tom Berg said he thought his defense did a good job of making Skyview rush its shots just enough to cause misfires.

"I think the press didn't necessarily give us turnovers, but the press did lead to quick shots," Berg said.

The Panthers were 4-of-14 in the first quarter and 2-of-11 in the second quarter as the Knights opened up a 36-16 lead at half. The Knights were 15-of-24 from the floor in the first 16 minutes.

"They're a very good passing team, or they can break you down on the dribble," Settlemyer said. "We didn't have a good night defensively. We've got to do a better job."

Hunter Eisenhower scored eight of his game-high 19 points in the second quarter to push his team to the comfortable lead. Berg said Eisenhower, the team's leading scorer, is one of five sophomores that sees time for him.

"He showed why by hitting a few 3's," Berg said. "He's also has enough length to take the ball to the basket."

In the third quarter, Skyview showed that it can stay with a team like the Knights. The Panthers were 6-of-14 from the floor in that quarter and outscored Colony 17-12. At one point late in the third, the Panthers had the lead down to 12.

With the Panthers suddenly hitting shots, Berg said he told his team in a timeout to focus on offense, not defense.

"They'd hit a couple of 3's to get back in the game," Berg said. "That's going to happen. They are varsity basketball players.

"We missed a few easy shots on offense, and that allowed them to cut the lead."

Colony, which also received 15 from Kenyon DePriest, slammed the door in the fourth by outscoring the Panthers 20-12.

Albert White led the Panthers with 15 points, while Nick Symonds had 10. Symonds, along with Nic Madrid, were the seniors honored before the game.

"Nic Symonds played his heart out," Settlemyer said. "He had a good game."

Palmer girls 59, Skyview 31

Taylor Blake had 13 points and Anna Koehn added 10 as the Moose picked up an NLC victory over the host Panthers on Saturday.

Jaxon Hill had 13 points for the Panthers.

Palmer boys 66, Skyview 32

The Moose received 16 points from Christian Odom, 13 from Kevin Montgomery and 12 from Sean Niekamp in a NLC victory at Skyview.

Friday girls

Knights 66, Panthers 13

Colony 22 17 23 4 --66

Skyview 6 3 4 0 --13

COLONY (66) -- M. Klapperich 2 0-0 4, Nelson 6 0-0 13, K. Klapperich 6 0-0 15, Wood 1 0-0 2, Timmons 0 0-0 0, Brumbaugh 4 0-0 8, Michaelson 0 0-0 0, Menard 2 0-0 4, Stefanski 6 1-1 13, Leigh 2 2-2 6, Forstner 0 1-2 1, Solano 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 29 4-5 66.

SKYVIEW (13) -- Halverson 0 0-2 0, Hauptman 0 0-0 0, Saunders 0 0-0 0, Marang 2 0-0 4, Alhers 0 0-0 0, Hill 3 0-0 6, Mercier 1 1-2 3, Self 0 0-0 0, Malatesta 0 0-0 0, Bak 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 6 1-4 13.

3-point goals -- Colony 4 (K. Klapperich 3, Nelson 1). Team fouls -- Colony 9, Skyview 4. Fouled out -- none.

Saturday girls

Moose 59, Panthers 31

Palmer 15 11 23 10 --59

Skyview 7 4 12 8 --31

PALMER (59) -- Simmernack 0 0-0 0, Van Hoomissen 2 0-4 4, Venzke 3 1-2 7, Scott 1 2-2 5, Hoochen 1 0-1 2, Jensen 0 4-4 4, Koehn 5 0-0 10, Blake 6 0-3 13, Whitfield 2 0-0 4, LaMere 1 0-1 2, Brandanburg 4 0-0 8. Totals -- 25 7-17 59.

SKYVIEW (31) -- Halverson 1 0-0 2, Hauptman 2 0-0 6, Saunders 1 0-0 2, Marang 0 1-2 1, Hill 6 0-0 13, Mercier 0 1-2 1, Malatesta 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 12 2-4 31.

3-point goals -- Palmer 1 (Blake 1); Skyiew 3 (Hauptman 2, Hill 1). Team fouls -- Palmer 12, Skyview 14.

Friday boys

Knights 66, Panthers 45

Colony 20 16 12 20 --68

Skyview 11 5 17 12 --45

COLONY (66) -- Niver 1 1-1 3, Smith 3 1-2 9, Turner 3 2-2 9, McCann 2 0-0 4, Campbell 0 0-1 0, Ehloe 1 1-2 3, Eisenhower 7 2-5 19, Peletier 1 2-2 4, Fulp 0 0-0 0, Michaelson 0 0-0 0, Depriest 7 1-2 15, Gray 0 0-0 0, Umberger 0 2-2 2. Totals -- 25 12-19 66.

SKYVIEW (45) -- Reynolds 0 0-0 0, McNamera 1 0-0 2, Symonds 2 6-8 10, White 5 3-4 15, Jones 2 1-3 7, Madrid 1 2-2 5, Penrod 0 2-2 2, McDonald 0 0-2 0, Diaz 2 0-2 4. Totals -- 12 14-23 45.

3-point goals -- Colony 6 (Eisenhower 3, Smith 2, Turner 1); Skyview 5 (White 2, Jones 2, Madrid 1). Team fouls -- Colony 19, Skyview 15. Fouled out -- none.

Saturday boys

Moose 66, Panthers 32

Palmer 15 16 23 12 --66

Skyview 4 11 10 7 --32

PALMER (66) -- Odom 8 0-1 16, Looney 3 0-0 6, Nisbett 0 1-2 1, Dean 2 0-0 6, Straight 1 0-0 2, Buresh 3 0-0 7, Selmer 0 0-0 0, Montgomery 5 3-4 13, Niekamp 4 4-4 12, Fullmer 1 0-0 3. Totals -- 27 8-11 66.

SKYVIEW (32) -- Reynolds 0 2-2 2, McNamara 4 0-2 8, Symonds 2 0-0 4, White 3 0-0 8, Jones 0 0-0 0, Madrid 2 1-2 6, Penrod 0 0-0 0, McDonald 0 0-0 0, Diaz 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 13 3-6 32.

3-point goals -- Palmer 4 (Dean 2, Buresh 1, Fullmer 1); Skyview 3 (White 2, Madrid 1). Team fouls -- Palmer 7, Skyview 12. Fouled out -- none.



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