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Kodiak scores region triumphs at Skyview

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

Balloo would have been proud.

The Panthers were on the learning end of the Bear necessities.

Kodiak High School's boys and girls basketball teams left their mark on Skyview Saturday evening. But unlike Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book," the Panthers learned about the Bear necessities of basketball -- defense and penetration creates wins.

The Bears girls defeated Skyview 43-37 and the boys beat the Panthers 65-37.

Skyview girls coach Joe Trujillo said the score didn't tell the whole tale.

"We lost a close game," he said. "We had our chances, but they (Bears) outscored us."

After the third quarter, Kodiak was ahead by only two points and the Panthers pulled into the lead 31-30. But only for a moment.

"Then they outscored us 13-6," Trujillo said. "We're making some mistakes due to inexperience."

Those mistakes, he said, included failing to connect on open shots and free throws, allowing Kodiak into the paint and fouling. Trujillo's team committed 18 fouls, which Kodiak converted to 17 points from the foul line. Conversely, the Panthers went 6-of-16 from the bonus line.

Trujillo said his girls could have used the game to recover from a disappointing home loss Friday night to Wasilla, but they are still right where they need to be going into the Region III/4A tournament.

"Today would've been a nice win for us," he said. "But we know we're right in the thick of things in the region."

The boys game was completely one-sided, with Kodiak scoring early and often. Panthers boys coach Dave Blossom attributed the loss to one statistic -- turnovers. Skyview gave the ball away 28 times, much to Blossom's dismay.

"I don't know what else to say," he said. "If you turn the ball over 28 times to a good team, they're going to score. And they scored 32 points off (our) turnovers. We've lost the will to win and we have to get it back."

Blossom said he was concerned about how the loss would impact his team's seeding going into the regional tournament in March. Skyview will contend with Soldotna and Homer for which team gets to play the dreaded Wasilla team first.

"By losing this game, we don't control our destiny," he said. "SoHi and Homer do. It doesn't mean we couldn't come through the back door. We could beat Wasilla if we played a good game. But you want to avoid playing a heavy favorite first."

Skyview senior Mark McGarry said he was ready to face the challenge of a top-seeded team. He said it was better to get the bugs out of the team's play before the tournament, and concentrate on improving for later.

"At some point you have to beat somebody good to go to state," McGarry said. "As long as we play badly now instead of in the regionals. We're just in a little slump."

Kodiak boys coach Amy Rakers, whose boys went undefeated through the 2000-2001 regular season and won the Class 4A championship, said her Bears are trying to get out of the shadow of their past accomplishments.

"We're really trying to play this year's basketball," she said. "We're just finding ourselves again. We decided to play hard and play Kodiak basketball -- playing defense and being patient on offense."

Girls

BEARS 43, PANTHERS 37

Skyview 6 7 15 9 -- 37

Kodiak 7 13 10 13 -- 43

SKYVIEW (37) -- Verba 0 0-0 0, Beever 0 0-0 0, Faigle 2 2-3 6, Colvin 1 2-4 4, Carpenter 5 0-1 10, Fay 3 0-0 7, Dalebout 1 0-0 2, Creel 3 2-8 8. Totals -- 15 6-16 37.

KODIAK (47) -- Cassidy 2 2-3 6, Brown 2 1-1 5, Stwartout, 1 5-8 7, Murdock 1 0-0 2, Coweley 0 0-1 0, Rietz 3 1-4 7, Withrow 3 0-2 6. Totals -- 13 17-12 43.

3-point goals -- Skyview (Fay). Total fouls -- Skyview 18, Kodiak 16. Fouled out -- Withrow.

BEARS 65, PANTHERS 37

Skyview 10 11 6 10 -- 37

Kodiak 15 12 18 20 -- 65

SKYVIEW (37) -- McGarry 0 0-0 0, Shields 1 0-0 2, Travers 1 3-3 5, Mataresse 1 0-0 3, Malmquist 2 0-0 4, Lewis 2 0-0 4, Geller 1 0-0 2, St. Clair 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 1 1-4 3, Cooper 1 2-2 4, Rowell 4 2-2 10. Totals -- 14 8-11 37.

KODIAK (65) -- Nisbett 5 3-7 13, Ortez 1 0-0 2, Agmata 2 2-2 6, Kilborn 1 2-2 5, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Simpson 3 0-0 6, Bailie 8 1-2 17, Pabillore 2 0-0 4, Mortensen 5 0-1 10. Totals -- 27 10-16 65.

3-point goals -- Skyview 1 (Mataresse); Kodiak 1 (Kilborn). Total fouls -- Skyview 12, Kodiak 10. Fouled out -- none.



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