Kenai stuns Moose

Kards girls get split with Valley

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2000

The Kenai Kardinals came out of a weekend spent battling Region III/4A heavyweights a bit battered, but uncowed.

Friday night the girls bested fourth-ranked Palmer 47-43, while the Moose just barely edged out the Kards boys 60-58.

Saturday, both teams played hard, but lost to the Colony Knights. The girls game ended 38-30 and the boys 68-56.

"I told the kids that if we got a split this weekend I'd be happy," said Jim Beeson, coach of the seventh-ranked Kenai girls team.

The Kards took a four-point first quarter lead against the Moose. Palmer clawed back to a slight halftime advantage, but let it slip away again.

Cory Hershberger blew away the Moose defense and pulled in a game-best 25 points.

"Palmer's a very good team," said coach Beeson. "We prepared for Palmer all week."

Saturday was a slightly different story.

"We didn't know what to expect at all," Hershberger said.

The Kards, a bit sluggish after playing hard the night before, were swept away in the first half.

Hershberger accounted for all of Kenai's first quarter points with a pair of treys -- the only offensive numbers she would post.

At the same time Kenai's shots were missing the mark, Jessica Moore was directing the Knights' charge, racking up eight of her 24 points.

Moore, who at 6-foot-3 towers over the tallest Kard by a half foot, also pulled down three offensive rebounds and got three solid blocks in the first period. She would finish the game with nine boards and four blocks.

In the second half, though, Kenai came out strong, obviously becoming more comfortable with Colony's style as the game wore on.

"We did as good as we could in the second half," Hershberger said.

Kenai did a better job protecting the ball in the second half. That allowed them to take more control defensively.

The Kards held the Knights scoreless through most of the fourth quarter. It wasn't until 1:41 remained in the contest that Kelly Quinn upped Colony's total with a pair of free throws. Roughly 35 seconds later, Cindy Beckman put the finishing touch on the afternoon, also with a foul shot.

Kenai chipped away at the lead, cutting it down to as little as seven, but ran out of time before they could catch up.

"We came out in the second half and played very, very hard and came back," said Beeson. "We just dug ourselves too big of a hole."

Beeson said the difference in the games was the first half of each.

"(Friday) we played hard the whole game," he said. "Tonight, we only played the second half."

Another major discrepancy between the Colony and Palmer matches, Beeson said, was Moore.

"Hopefully, we won't see one like her for a while, unless she's playing for us," he said.

Hershberger also said Moore was a significant factor.

"Even though our big girls were doing everything right, it wasn't enough," she said.

Moore said the Knights were expecting Kenai to offer a challenge.

"We knew that the Kenai game was going to be a tough one," said the University of Connecticut-bound senior.

Beeson said although he would have liked to get two wins, the victory over Palmer came at a good time for the team.

"One of our goals was to beat one of the Valley teams in the regular season," he said. "I think it tells people that we're a good basketball team.

"I don't think we're the most talented group, but I think we're the hardest working group."

Palmer boys 60, Kenai 58

Colony boys 68, Kenai 56

The boys varsity worked just as hard as their female counterparts, but had less to show for the effort losing to both the Moose and the Knights.

Like the girls, Friday's game was a better endeavor for the Kardinals. The squads were never separated by as much as a handful of points.

Unlike the girls, the Kardinals weren't able to scrape out a victory.

"I thought we had a real good chance to beat that Palmer team," said coach Rich Bartolowits. "We traded leads with them all game. They happened to have the lead when the game ended."

Saturday, Kenai was outsized by Colony. The Knights defensive corps kept the Kards to the outside and prevented them from any concerted scoring push.

Even with Knights draped all over them, both Kyle Oldring and Joel Reemtsma tallied 18 points. Willie Castillo contributed nine before fouling out with a technical at 3:32 of the third quarter.

"That really hurt," said Bartolowits. "I didn't see what happened to get that technical."

With their main post player out of the contest, the Kards turn to their reserves to maintain pressure.

"Everybody came off the bench. Almost everybody scored," Bartolowits said. "We had really good bench play."

"They made Colony play hard," he continued. "I couldn't be any prouder of the kids than I am right now."

KNIGHTS GIRLS 38, KARDINALS 30

Colony 10 13 12 3 -- 38

Kenai 3 5 11 11 -- 30

COLONY (38) -- Tubbs 0 0-1 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Quinn 5 2-6 7, Thaggard 0 0-0 0, Beckman 0 1-2 1, Light 0 0-0 0, Moore 20 4-6 24, Kratt 0 0-0 0, Rock 0 0-0 0, Lanners 2 0-0 6. Totals 14 7-15 38.

KENAI (30) -- Kr. Knudsen 1 1-2 3, Reilly 1 1-1 3, Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Hershberger 2 0-0 6, Arbelovsky 4 0-2 8, Edwards 0 0-0 0, Polak 0 0-0 0, Shinn 3 0-0 6, Canady 2 0-0 4. Totals 13 2-5 -- 30.

3-point goals -- Quinn, Lanners 2, Hershberger 2. Total fouls --Colony 11, Kenai 13. Fouled out -- none.

KNIGHTS BOYS 68, KARDINALS 56

Colony 15 16 18 19 -- 68

Kenai 9 14 13 20 -- 56

COLONY (68) -- Slaymaker 0 0-0 0, Williams 3 2-2 9, Johnson 6 9-14 21, Swank 0 0-0 0, Davies 2 1-2 5, Wright 0 0-0 0, Magner 9 4-6 23, Reza 1 0-0 2, Foster 2 2-2 6, Christensen 0 0-0 0, Berg 1 0-1 2. Totals -- 24 18-27 68.

KENAI (56) -- Pault 1 0-1 2, Castillo 1 2-2 4, Kornfield 0 0-0 0, Webster 3 3-3 9, Oldring 7 1-2 18, Jung 1 1-2 3, Reemstma 6 5-6 18, Burck 0 0-0 0, Overturf 0 0-0 0, Myers 0 0-0 0, Boyd 0 2-2 2. Totals -- 19 14-18 56.

3-point goals -- Williams, Magner, Oldring 3, Reemstma 1. Total fouls -- Colony 22, Kenai 19. Fouled out -- Castillo.

KARDINALS GIRLS 47, MOOSE 43

Palmer 10 12 9 12 --43

Kenai 14 6 15 12 --47

PALMER (43) -- Callison 3 0-0 7, Lee 0 3-3 3, Benton 0 0-0 0, Pasquale 1 0-0 3, Williams 4 0-2 8, Hillis 1 1-1 3, Thomas 6 1-7 13, West 2 1-2 6. Totals -- 17 6-15 43.

KENAI (47) -- Kr. Knudsen 4 0-0 8, Ka. Knudsen 0 0-0 0, Reilly 1 1-2 3, Montgomery 1 1-4 1, Hershberger 7 9-9 25, Arbelovsky 1 2-4 4, 1 2-4 4, Stewart 0 0-0 0, Polak 0 0-0 0, Shinn 3 0-0 6. 16 13-19 47.

3-point goals -- Hershberger 2, Callison, Pasquale, West. Total fouls -- Palmer 18, Kenai 14. Fouled out -- Callison.

MOOSE BOYS 60, KARDINALS 58

Palmer 19 19 8 14 --60

Kenai 17 20 8 13 --58

PALMER (60) -- Forsyth 2 1-2 6, Areala 1 0-0 2, Hemera 0 0-0 0, Hooker 8 8-12 25, Stringer 5 0-1 10, Nielsen 4 3-4 11, Sweeney 1 1-3 3, Pettit 1 0-0 3. Totals -- 22 13-22 60.

KENAI (58) -- Castillo 1 5-7 7, Webster 6 0-4 12, Oldring 2 10-12 15, Jung 2 0-0 4, Reemtsma 5 4-6 14, Burck 0 0-0 0, Overturf 3 0-0 6. Totals -- 19 19-29 58.

3-point goals -- Forsyth, Hooker, Pettit, Oldring. Total fouls -- Palmer 21, Kenai 23. Fouled out -- Nielsen, Castillo, Reemtsma.



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