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Moose take two from Kardinals

Posted: Sunday, February 29, 2004

Both the Palmer boys and girls overcame first-half offensive flaws to knock off host Kenai Friday night in Region III/4A action.

The Palmer girls (5-3 in the region, 9-12 overall) went from 14 turnovers in the first half to four in the second half in turning a 26-21 third-quarter deficit into a 43-29 victory.

The Palmer boys (8-0 in the region, 15-5 overall) were a dreadful 7 for 35 (20 percent) from the floor in the first half, but improved to 13 of 27 (48 percent) in turning a 19-17 halftime lead into a 52-35 victory.

The Kenai girls (3-4 in the region) continued their streaky play against Palmer. The Kardinals started out the contest by falling into a 10-0 hole. It was similar to Thursday night, when Kenai fell behind 12-0 to Homer before losing 38-32.

"In both of those games, I had to call early timeouts and challenge them to get it going," Kenai coach Jim Beeson said of his squad. "In both those games, the team responded.

"I don't know. I might have to yell at them before the game to get them going."

The Kardinals responded to Beeson's first-quarter challenge Friday with some of their best basketball of the season. With intense effort on defense, the Kardinals went on a 7-0 run early in the second quarter and grabbed a 12-11 lead on a pair of foul shots by Lindsey Keener, who paced Kenai with nine points.

The Kardinals kept rolling at the start of the third quarter as Jamie Peterson completed a 6-0 run with a layup to give Kenai a 26-21 lead.

At that point, however, the game completely shifted again.

Palmer coach Lyle Busbey said he has three players that are always dependable in Alicia Berberich, Keisha Hooker (13 points) and Emily Bolling (17 points). On each night, Busbey must find two other players that are clicking. Friday, he found Brittany Heck and Leslie Berberich.

"They were the right group to get us going," Busbey said. "They played good defense, and then we got a few shots to fall on offense."

Kenai's weakness all year has been scoring points, and once the Moose found a rhythm on offense, the Kardinals could not keep up. Bolling had 11 points in the second half, while Kenai had just nine second-half points.

Adding to the Kardinals' problems in the second half was the foul trouble of point guard Breezy Saltzgiver, one of two seniors on the team.

 

Palmer's Kurtis Devon goes up for a layup over Kenai's Jordan Jenckes and Cole Chappell

Photo by Joseph Robertia

"Some of it was their defense, and some of it was us playing passive," Beeson said. "We're just so young that we've been going through periods like that."

Palmer boys 52, Kenai 35

Despite early shooting problems, the Moose won thanks to rebounding and defense.

Palmer has been out-rebounding region opponents by 10 a game, and Friday the Moose enjoyed a big advantage on the boards again. Jesse Prins, who is 6-foot-7, had 11 rebounds, Stanley Ratcliff, who is 6-3 and showed his leaping ability with a two-handed alley-oop slam in the fourth quarter, had 11 rebounds, and Kurtis Devon, who is 6-6, had seven rebounds.

"We weren't doing a bad job blocking out," Kenai coach Rich Bartolowits said. "We'd be in the right position, but they could still get up and pick it off over our heads."

Kenai trailed by just two points at halftime, however, due to Palmer's shooting woes.

"I'd like to attribute our shooting in the first half to bus legs, but give Kenai credit," Palmer coach Brandon Blake said. "They came out ready to play."

Even early in the second half, when Palmer's shots started to fall, Kenai was able to stay with the Moose for a while. A rebound layup by Josh Bennett cut Palmer's lead to 31-28 with 3:30 left in the third quarter.

After that, however, Palmer's defense took over and allowed the Moose to outscore the Kardinals 21-7 for the rest of the game.

"We've been holding region opponents to 41 points per game, and tonight we probably even lowered that," said Blake, whose team is ranked No. 5 in the state. "With the scorers we have, when we play defense like that we're tough to beat."

Bartolowits realizes that and thus was happy with his team's effort.

"I'm not disappointed with the way we played," Bartolowits said. "I was more disappointed with the way we played (Thursday) when we beat Homer."

Geoffrey Gemmell overcame foul trouble to lead Kenai with 10 points, while Ratcliff had 16 points and Devon added 10 points for the Moose.

Girls

MOOSE 43, KARDINALS 29

Palmer 10 9 11 13 43

Kenai 5 15 8 1 29

PALMER (43) A. Berberich 0 1-2 1, L. Berberich 2 0-0 5, Cox 0 0-0 0, Hooker 6 1-3 13, Heck 1 0-0 3, Schuetter 0 0-0 0, Bolling 5 6-6 17, Irvine 2 0-0 4, Houtte 0 0-0 0, Lien 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-11 43.

KENAI (29) Saltzgiver 2 2-2 6, Keener 2 5-9 9, Foley 1 0-0 2, McGlasson 0 0-0 0, Steiner 0 0-0 0, Moore 3 0-0 6, Calderwood 2 0-0 4, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Kiel 0 0-0 0, Brewer 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 7-11 29.

3-point goals Palmer 3 (L. Berberich 1, Heck 1, Bolling 1). Team fouls Palmer 9, Kenai 14. Fouled out none.

MOOSE 53, KARDINALS 35

Palmer 7 12 20 13 53

Kenai 12 5 14 4 35

PALMER (53) Daly 0 0-0 0, Draughon 1 0-0 3, Bentti 1 2-2 4, Prins 2 2-2 7, Gaines 3 0-0 8, Weber 0 0-0 0, Ratcliff 8 0-0 16, Doerr 1 0-0 2, Amuvae 0 0-0 0, Devon 3 4-5 10, Ratcliffe 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 8-9 52.

KENAI (35) Hansen 1 0-0 2, C. Chappell 3 0-0 7, Craig 0 0-0 0, Jenckes 4 1-2 9, Gemmell 5 0-0 10, T. Chappell 0 0-0 0, Bennett 3 0-0 6, Barnes 0 1-2 1. Totals 16 2-4 35.

3-point goals Palmer 4 (Gaines 2, Prins 1, Draughon 1); Kenai 1 (C. Chappell 1). Team fouls Palmer 5, Kenai 11. Fouled out none.

Colony girls 58, Kenai 26

Anne Klapperich scored 17 points to lead Colony to a Region III/4A victory Saturday at Kenai. Laura Moore had 13 points to pace the Kardinals.

KNIGHTS 58, KARDINALS 26

Colony 18 15 14 11 58

Kenai 6 5 6 9 26

COLONY (58) Joynt 0 0-0 0, Semler 1 1-2 4, Spoth 2 0-2 4, Hill 3 1-2 7, Locke 3 1-2 8, Pfile 0 0-0 0, Morris 1 0-0 2, Klapperich 5 6-10 17, Baldwin 2 1-2 5, Dault 5 1-2 11. Totals 22 11-22 58.

KENAI (26) Saltzgiver 1 0-0 2, Keener 0 0-2 0, Foley 0 0-0 0, Dunn 0 0-0 0, McGlasson 2 1-2 5, Steiner 0 0-0 0, Moore 5 3-4 13, Calderwood 1 0-0 2, Peterson 1 0-0 2, Navarre 1 0-0 2, Kiel 0 0-0 0, Brewer 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 4-8 26.

3-point goals Colony 3 (Semler 1, Locke 1, Klapperich 1). Team fouls Colony 15, Kenai 16. Fouled out none.

Colony boys 64, Kenai 49

The Knights used an explosive offense to overcome a 12-8 deficit after the first quarter to pick up a Region III/4A victory in Kenai. Colony's Justin Schwartzbauer had 24 points to lead all scorers, while Rhett Magner added 16 points.

After falling behind in the first quarter, Colony's high-powered attack put up 43 points in the next two quarters. Kenai couldn't keep up with the barrage.

Nick Barnes had 18 points to lead Kenai, while Geoffrey Gemmell added 14 points.

KNIGHTS 64, KARDINALS 49

Colony 8 22 21 13 64

Kenai 12 10 14 13 49

COLONY (64) Gray 2 0-2 4, Schwartzbauer 10 3-4 24, Registe 0 0-0 0, Egger 0 0-1 0, Benson 1 1-2 4, Magner 5 3-4 16, Cunningham 5 1-1 11, Eriksson 0 1-2 1, Coffman 2 0-0 4, Dobson 0 0-0 0, Creasey 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 9-16 64.

KENAI (49) Hanson 1 0-0 2, C. Chappell 1 0-0 2, Craig 0 0-0 0, Jenckes 3 0-1 6, Gemmell 7 0-0 14, T. Chappell 0 3-4 3, Bennett 1 0-0 2, Barnes 9 0-1 18, Miles 0 0-0 0, McLeod 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 3-6 49.

3-point goals Colony 5 (Magner 3, Benson 1, Schwartzbauer 1). Team fouls Colony 11, Kenai 14. Fouled out Jenckes.



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