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Kardinals hunt down Wolfpack

Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2001

The Kenai Kardinals girls and boys basketball teams ground the West Valley Wolfpack into a fine powder with the heel of dominance Saturday.

The Kardinals girls used their ballhandling abilities and their immensely talented and deep bench to pound the Wolfpack into submission with a 66-38 victory Saturday afternoon. The Kenai boys followed with a similarly decisive 66-49 decision.

"What was really important was getting all of the kids some playing time," Kardinals coach Jim Beeson said. "They come to practice every day and work hard, they deserve games like this to get some playing time."

The Kards followed the aggressive defense and superb passing ability of lone senior Jessi Reilly and turned to the depth of their bench to smash West Valley in a nonconference matchup.

Reilly, who ended the night scoreless, was the focal point of the Kardinals fierce offense as she found the open shooter almost every time she marched her troops down the court.

"I don't feel that scoring is really my game," Reilly said. "I found out early in my career that I didn't need to score for us to win. I kind of got into wanting five assists a game and I am pretty sure I am right up there for my average."

The Wolfpack could not get into a defensive groove to stop the Kards, or an offensive one for that matter. The Kardinals defense, which found Reilly and guard Karli Knudsen anticipating and stealing more than their fair share of passes, stuffed many of the Wolfpack's attempts to get the ball inside to their big post player Sade Powell.

"Our defense really played great out there today," Reilly said of her teammates. "Everyone got into the game and really showed what they can do when they get the chance."

Kenai took to a 34-16 first-half lead before turning most of the game over to the bench. Players like 5-foot-7 junior forward Shamra Bauder and 5-10 junior center Laura Rhyner took to the floor with a bursting intensity, leading the Kardinals to outscore the Wolfpack 32-22 in second-half play.

The Kardinals followed the hot hand of Knudsen, who led the squad with 11 points. The Wolfpack was led by Jaime Powers with 17 points, while teammate Powell added 13 in the losing effort.

The pure adrenaline in the bench players was obvious on the court, coming out in fast-paced situations like when sophomore Anna Hall tipped the ball into the air on a blocked shot before 5-4 junior Kamilla Goggia hauled it down and passed it ahead to Knudsen, who walked it in for an easy score.

"The younger kids on this team are going to be really good," Reilly said. "Next year they are going to realize that they don't need me out there and should do some really good things."

Kenai boys 66, West Valley 49

The final score of 66 seemed to be the magic number as the Kardinal boys followed in the footsteps of the girls.

The Kards turned an eight-point first-half advantage into a 17-point drubbing as they followed the smooth ballhandling abilities of 5-9 senior guard Jason Magsayo and the powerful scoring talents of junior forward Marcus Webster to the win.

"Marcus and Jason had a real great game out there," Kardinals coach Rich Bartolowits said. "They have incredible ability and showed what it can do for them when they have the opportunity."

Webster led the Kardinals with an impressive 18-point outing while Magsayo followed close behind with 16.

Kenai showed its dominant defensive capabilities in the third quarter as they held the struggling Wolfpack to only six points while only allowing one West Valley player, Andrew Bowden, to score into double digits. Bowden finished with 23 points in the losing effort.

The Kardinals, who visit Skyview before heading to the Matanuska-Susitna valleys for showdowns against Palmer and Colony, found nine of their players putting points onto the board. Only junior center Dane Myers failed to find the hoop, but he contributed heavily on the defensive end of the court, pulling down rebound after rebound and slapping away two shots.

"I was very happy with the way everyone played today," Bartolowits said. "We've been getting better and better with every game we play and it shows with a game like this."

The electricity created by the hot hands of Magsayo and Webster crackled in the air whenever they touched the ball. As the clock ticked away in the waning seconds of the first half, Magsayo smoothly stripped the ball from West Valley's Josh Grubich before pulling up and easily burying a perimeter jump shot as the buzzer sounded in the air.

"He's got some ups," a young kid said in the crowd as Webster pulled up from beyond the 3-point arc in the second quarter and buried his shot. The ups were indeed present, the soles of Webester's shoes were almost directly even with his defender's shoulders when he released his shot.

"We have a lot of positive things going for us right now," Bartolowits said. "I think that we have a lot of great talent on our side and it helps to have a couple of tremendous athletes out there too."

KARDINALS GIRLS 66, WOLFPACK 38

Kenai 18 16 18 14 -- 66

West Valley 8 8 11 11 -- 38

KENAI (66) -- Bauder 2 0-1 4, Knudsen 3 4-7 11, Reilly 0 0-2 0, Montgomery 4 1-2 9, Goggia 1 0-0 2, Popp 0 0-0 0, Edwards 4 0-0 8, McCune 1 2-2 4, Hall 2 0-0 4, Shinn 4 1-3 9, Erin Smith 3 0-1 6, Erica Smith 2 1-1 5, Rhyner 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 27 11-21 66.

WEST VALLEY (38) -- Powers 7 2-7 17, Hawkins 0 0-0 0, Ernst-Brook 0 0-0 0, Rexford 0 1-4 1, Hoener 1 0-0 2, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Mireles 0 0-0 0, Clark 2 0-0 5, Craft 0 0-0 0, Powell 6 1-2 13. Totals --16 4-13 38.

3-point goals -- Kenai 1 (Knudsen); West Valley 2 (Powers 1, Clark 1). Total fouls -- Kenai 14, West Valley 18. Fouled out -- none.

KARDINALS BOYS 66, WOLFPACK 49

Kenai 22 16 19 9 -- 66

West Valley 13 17 6 13 -- 49

KENAI (66) -- Pault 1 0-0 3, Church 2 0-0 4, Alexander 1 0-0 2, Foley 1 0-0 3, Webster 7 3-3 18, Magsayo 7 2-2 16, Schooley 3 0-0 6, Burck 3 0-2 6, Dunn 4 0-0 8, Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 29 5-7 66.

WEST VALLEY (49) -- Grunich 0 0-0 0, Young 0 0-2 0, Kollmeyer 3 1-2 7, Sweetsir 1 0-0 2, Ferguson 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 2 0-0 4, M. Jager 3 0-0 6, Baldridge 2 0-0 5, R. Jager 1 0-0 2, Bowden 9 5-10 23, Craft 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 6-12 49.

3-point goals -- Kenai 3 (Pault 1, Webster 1, Foley 1); West Valley 1 (Baldridge). Total fouls -- Kenai 12, West Valley 12. Fouled out -- Kennedy.



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