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Kenai girls top Colony for weekend sweep; boys lose to Knights

Kards take two from Moose

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

Add two to the number of road kills on the "Give a moose a brake" signs along the peninsula's highways.

The Kenai Central High girls and boys basketball teams scored Region III/4A wins over the visiting Palmer Moose Friday.

The Kenai girls were able to run a stall offense for the final four minutes of play, sealing a 45-32 victory, while the Kenai boys jumped out to an early lead courtesy of some hot perimeter shooting and hung on down the stretch to take a 66-59 decision.

In Saturday's games, the Kenai girls made it a weekend sweep with a 46-39 region win against Colony while the Kenai boys came up just short against the Knights, losing 56-45.

"Any time you beat Palmer it's a big win," said Kenai girls coach Jim Beeson Friday. "Traditionally, they're one of the best girls teams around."

The Kardinals traded baskets with the Moose in the opening minutes of the game, but started edging away from Palmer with about three minutes to play in the first quarter.

A jump shot for two points by Michelle Edwards and a layup by Karli Knudsen after a Kenai steal gave the Kardinals an 8-4 lead.

Palmer's Chrissy Lien had a put-back basket to draw the Moose to within two, but Erin Smith and Jamie Montgomery each hit two-point baskets and Knudsen followed with a trey to give Kenai a 15-6 lead -- a lead the Kardinals would maintain throughout the contest.

The Kardinals were at their best when they were able to set up their suffocating press and run the floor. Kenai also was able to pull up and hit the short jumper consistently, forcing the Moose to extend their defense.

"We like a fast-paced game, up and down the floor," Knudsen said.

"We're better offensively than last year, but defense still dictates our offense," Beeson said. "I think we did a decent job at the defensive end of the floor. I think what was big (on offense) was our ability to hold the ball, spread the floor and make them come out and play us."

Kenai led 18-10 after the first quarter. Palmer closed the gap to six points, 27-21, at the half, and opened the second half with five straight points on a two-point field goal and 3-for-4 shooting from the foul line to pull to within a point, 27-26.

Two-point baskets by Erica Shinn and Knudsen and a free throw by Montgomery restored Kenai's six-point lead. Palmer connected on a foul shot before Smith hit a pair of baskets on the break for the Kardinals to give the Kardinals a 36-27 lead.

The Kardinals led 38-29 at the end of the third quarter, and with Kenai going into its stall offense in the fourth quarter, Palmer never had a chance to catch up.

"It's nice when you can do that. We had a little cushion there," Knudsen said of running out the clock. "We played really well defensively. Offensively, we had a lot of good shot opportunities. They didn't all go in, but we had a lot of shots. The thing that won the game was defense, though."

Knudsen led all scorers with 17 points while Shinn dropped in eight points.

Sarah Bergeron was the Moose's top scorer with 10 points, but was held scoreless in the second half.

Knudsen led the kardinals in scoring Saturday, knocking down 11 points while Smith chipped in with 10 points and Montgomery and Shinn scored eight apiece.

The Kenai girls jumped out to a 15-10 lead after the first quarter and maintained their edge through the rest of the game.

Kenai boys 66, Palmer 59

Colony boys 56, Kenai 45

Kenai coach Rich Bartolowits had only one complaint in the Kardinals' win over Palmer.

"We were relying too much on 3-pointers," Bartolowits said. "We came out in the second half and took it inside more."

The 3-pointer was effective for the Kardinals, though, as Ian Foley knocked down four of his five treys in the first half and Marcus Webster hit a pair in the first quarter.

"I shoot more 3's than I do 2-pointers. I'm just happy they went in," Foley said. "It gives us confidence and gets us all pumped up."

J.D. Pault opened the scoring with a two-point jump shot, and Foley quickly made it 5-0 with his first 3-pointer of the game.

Palmer came back to take a 7-5 lead, but a 3-point shot by Webster put Kenai back in the lead.

In fact, Palmer would tie the game at 15 late in the first quarter and pull to within a point in the second quarter, but the Kardinals always had an answer in the form of a 3-pointer to re-establish their momentum.

"The rest of the team loves it when (Foley) is shooting them and makes it," Bartolowits said. "They have confidence in each other's shots.

"The key here was they came out hard and played good defense early, then kept it going for 32 minutes."

Kenai established its inside presence in the third quarter, feeding Joel Dunn in the paint while keeping Palmer off the scoreboard for the first 4:55 of the second half.

"If we work it inside and outside, it opens up the outside game even more, and they get better shots," Dunn said. "(Palmer) is a good shooting team, but they weren't hitting as well as they would have liked, so we were focusing on boxing out and getting the rebound."

In fact, Kenai had two players -- Dunn and Webster -- in double digits with rebounds.

Foley led all scorers with 19 points while Webster and Dunn each picked up 14 points.

Adam Nielsen had 18 points for the Moose.

In Saturday's game, the Kardinals actually outscored the Knights 42-36 from the floor, but Colony had a 20-for-26 effort from the free throw line while the Kardinals were just 3-for-5 from the charity stripe.

Girls

KARDINALS 45, MOOSE 32

Palmer 10 11 8 3 -- 32

Kenai 18 9 11 7 -- 45

PALMER (32) -- Berberich 0 0-0 0, Cox 0 103 1, Azur 1 0-0 2, Chapman 1 2-4 4, Hooker 1 2-2 4, Lien 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Bolling 1 2-2 4, Dixon 0 1-4 1, Bergeron 5 0-0 10, Harger 0 0-0 0, Virgin 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 12 8-15 32.

KENAI (45) -- Saltzgiver 0 0-0 0, Knudsen 6 3-6 17, Montgomery 2 3-6 7, Goggia 0 0-0 0, Popp - 12 1, Edwards 2 0-4 4, McLeod 0 0-0 0, Hall 1 0-0 2, Shinn 4 0-0 8, Smith 3 0-0 6, Hampton 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 18 7-14 45.

3-point goals -- Kenai 2 (Knudsen 2). Total fouls -- Palmer 18, Kenai 16. Fouled out -- Azur, Bolling.

KARDINALS 66, MOOSE 59

Palmer 15 11 14 19 -- 59

Kenai 18 11 20 17 -- 66

PALMER (59) -- Forsyth 5 2-4 14, Hill 2 2-2 7, Bentti 1 2-2 4, Prins 0 0-0 0, Pettit 3 2-2 10, Ratcliff 2 1-4 6, Nielson 7 2-4 18. Totals -- 20 11-18 59.

KENAI (66) -- Pault 2 0-0 4, Foley 6 2-2 19, Webster 5 1-2 14, Steiner 2 2-4 7, Schooley 3 0-0 6, Dunn 4 6-8 14, Myers 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 23 11-12 66.

3-point goals -- Palmer 8 (Forsyth 2, Pettit 2, Nielsen 2, Hill, Ratcliff), Kenai 9 (Foley 5, Webster 3, Steiner 1). Total fouls -- Palmer 15, Kenai 16. Fouled out -- Webster. Technical fouls -- Nielsen.

Saturday

Girls

KARDINALS 46, KNIGHTS 39

Colony 10 6 9 14 -- 39

Kenai 15 9 13 9 -- 46

COLONY (39) -- Colberg 0 0-3 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Quinn 2 3-4 7, Menako 2 0-0 4, Thaggard 6 2-2 16, Beckman 2 0-0 4, Locke 0 0-0 0, Klapperich 3 2-6 8. Totals -- 16 7-15 39.

KENAI (46) -- Saltzgiver 0 0-0 0, Knudsen 3 5-7 11, Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Montgomery 2 4-7 8, Goggia 0 0-0 0, Popp 0 1-2 1, McLeod 0 0-0 0, Hall 1 0-0 2, Shinn 3 2-3 8, Smith 5 0-5 10, Hampton 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 16-28 46.

3-point goals -- Colony 3 (Thaggard 3). Total fouls -- Colony 22, Kenai 16. Fouled out -- Quinn, Beckman, Locke, Montgomery.

KNIGHTS 56, KARDINALS 45

Colony 17 9 15 15 -- 56

Kenai 13 6 10 16 -- 45

COLONY (56) -- Swank 4 8-8 17, Reza 2 0-0 4, Hotchkiss 3 2-3 11, Coffman 0 6-10 6, Spencer 0 0-0 0, Christensen 3 0-0 7, Rose 1 2-3 5, Hyslip 2 2-2 6. Totals -- 15 20-26 56.

KENAI (45) -- Pault 3 0-0 7, Alexander 0 0-0 0, Foley 3 0-0 9, Webster 8 0-0 17, Carreon 1 0-0 3, Steiner 0 0-0 0, Schooley 2 0-0 4, Dunn 0 3-5 3, Myers 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 18 3-5 45.

3-point goals -- Colony 6 (Hotchkiss 3, Swank, Christensen, Rose), Kenai 6 (Foley 3, Pault, Webster, Carreon). Total fouls -- Colony 13, Kenai 21. Fouled out -- Schooley.



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