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Late jump shot lifts Kardinals

Posted: Friday, March 05, 2010

Stevie Dunlap only made one basket in the Thursday's Northern Lights Conference opener against Palmer at Skyview High School. But her bucket earned Kenai's girls a date with Colony in today's semifinals.

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Skyview's Casee Penrod goes up for a shot in the second half Thursday against Colony at the Northern Lights Conference basketball championships.

Trailing by one with under 20 seconds to play, Dunlap nailed a midrange jump shot off an inbounds pass from Samantha Hull to give the Kards a 43-42 win.

"Stevie hit a huge bucket for us," Kenai head coach Stacia Rustad said. She said it's not easy for a player to come off of the bench and be expected to make a big shot, which Dunlap did.

But Dunlap said she put her nerves aside.

"I knew I was put in there to shoot the ball," Dunlap said.

Though the play was designed to look for the post, Dunlap made a move toward the basket and had an open look. Hull found her and Dunlap drained the game winner.

"We just needed to get it done, and we did," Dunlap said. "We worked really well together as a team."

"I was nervous toward the end," said Kenai's Raquel Young.

Young said Kenai's defense was solid. She said the Kards were able to shut down Palmer's top player, Shawna Thein. The Kards held Thein to just six points.

Kenai led by seven in the third quarter. That was cut to four by the end of the period.

Two Taylor Blake 3-pointers brought the Moose within two in the fourth quarter. Thein then tied the game at 34 after a Kenai turnover.

"It seemed like every time we made a push, Palmer came right back and made big shots," Rustad said.

Blake gave Palmer a one-point lead with under a minute to play in the fourth quarter. After a Kenai turnover, the Moose gave possession right back to the Kards with a long pass. Rustad then called timeout.

Rustad said she let her team decide what play it wanted to run to get the game-winning shot.

Young paced the Kards with 19 points. Morgan Wensley chipped in 11. Blake and Kendal Venzke led Palmer with 12 points apiece.

Though it wasn't the type of game Rustad had envisioned, her team still emerged with the win.

"They did what they needed to do to get the win," she said.

Kenai knows it has a tough game with Colony today at 6:30 p.m., but the girls are going into today's contest with a positive attitude.

"All we can do is go in there and give it our best shot," Rustad said. "We are going into that game thinking we can win."

Colony girls 51, Skyview 34

Nine different Knights scored points in Colony's victory over SkyHi.

Alyssa Hutchins and Kaitlyn Klapperich led the Knights with 12 points each. Casee Penrod paced the Panthers with 17 points.

Skyview hung with Colony for the first half. The Knights held a one-point after two quarters of play. But Colony put up 31 second-half points to SkyHi's 15.

"The girls came out ready to play and let off, and Colony capitalized on that," Panthers assistant coach Randi Broyles said. "We have to play four quarters. We can't take one possession off."

"They definitely came out and played," Colony head coach Tom Lincoln said of Skyview's first half. Lincoln said his team struggled shooting in the first half.

"The ball wasn't falling for us,"he said.

Lincoln said he told his girls to settle down in the second half. The Knights applied pressure on the Panthers, which rattled them, he said.

"We put a lot of pressure on them and they cracked a little bit," he said.

Colony will face Kenai today in the semifinals. Lincoln said coming out with intensity against the Kards will be a key to the game.

Despite the loss, Broyles said she was happy with her squad's effort at the beginning of the game.

"They came out well in the first half," she said. "We wanted to show them that we're a serious team."

Kodiak girls 44, SoHi 26

Julienne Gregory and Joyce Juble combined for 23 points to lead Kodiak over SoHi. Karen Senette paced the Stars with 14 points.

The Bears held SoHi to single digits in scoring each quarter. SoHi made just eight field goals in the game. Kodiak had 18.Kodiak held a six-point lead at the half. The Bears scored 25 second-half points to SoHi's 13.

Kodiak and Skyview will meet in the semifinals at 3 p.m. today, while Homer and SoHi will meet at 8 a.m. in the third-place bracket.

Wasilla girls 62, Homer 15

Ten players recorded points as the Warriors cruised past the Lady Mariners. Carlee Naczi paced Wasilla with 14 points.

Thursday girls

Kardinals 43, Moose 42

Palmer 12 6 6 18 -- 42

Kenai 11 8 9 15 -- 43

PALMER (42) -- Venzke 4 4-8 12, LaMere 1 0-0 2, Riggs 0 0-0 0, Thein 3 0-1 6, Koehn 0 2-2 2, Blake 5 0-0 12, Brandenburg 1 2-5 4, Nuernberg 1 2-2 4. Totals -- 15 10-18 42.

KENAI (43) -- Hull 0 5-5 5, L. Beeson 1 2-3 4, B. Beeson 0 0-0 0, Flanagan 1 0-6 2, Wensley 3 2-2 11, Dunlap 1 0-0 2, Young 8 3-7 19. Totals -- 13 12-23 43.

3-point goals --Palmer 2 (Blake 2); Kenai 3 (Wensley 3). Team fouls -- Palmer 21; Kenai 19. Fouled out -- L. Beeson.

Knights 51, Panthers 34

Skyview 8 11 8 7 -- 34

Colony 15 5 17 14 -- 51

SKYVIEW (34) -- J. Jones 0 0-0 0, I. O'Guinn 1 4-6 6, C. Penrod 7 2-3 17, J. Stewart 0 1-9 1, P. Cooper 1 0-0 2, J. Hill 3 2-4 J. Lamborn 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 12 9-22 34.

COLONY (51) -- M. Klapperich 1 2-4 4, A. Hutchins 3 3-6 12, K. Klapperich 4 2-4 12, D. Trudeau 1 0-0 2, P. Brumbaugh 1 0-0 2, M. Bowker 2 0-0 4, S. Stefanski 0 2-2 2, A. Leigh 4 1-2 9, T. Forstner 2 0-1 4, R. Huffman 0 0-0 0, A. Bootin 0 0-1 0. Totals -- 18 10-20 51.

3-point goals --Skyview 1 (Penrod 1); Colony 3 (Hutchins 1, K. Klapperich 2). Team fouls --Skyview 17; Colony 22. Fouled out -- Lamborn.

Bears 44, Stars 26

Soldotna 7 6 8 5 --26

Kodiak 8 11 16 9 --44

SOLDOTNA (26) - Senette 6, 0-0 14, Ackerman 0 1-2 1, VanAntwerp 0 2-2 2, Duke 2 0-1 4, Hardy 0 1-6 1, Skjold 0 4-8 4 4. Totals - 8 8-19 26.

KODIAK (44) - Yamat 1 1-2 3, Garcia 2 3-3 8, Grupp 1 0-0 2, Tusitino 4 0-0 8, Gregory 5 2-4 12, Juble 5 1-3 11. Totals - 18 7-12 44.

3-point field goals - Soldotna 2 (Senette 2), Kodiak 1 (Garcia). Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Soldotna 10, Kodiak 14.

Warriors 62, Mariners 15

Homer 0 2 7 6 --15

Wasilla 16 18 16 12 --62

WASILLA (62) - Apangalook 3 0-0 6, Imoe 1 0-0 2, Dinkel 5 0-2 10, Nuss 2 1-2 5, Naczi 7 0-0 14, Brown 1 0-0 2, Bialka 2 0-0 4, Colegrove 1 0-0 2, Cottle 6 1-6 11, Burke 1 0-0 2. Totals - 30 2-10 62.

HOMER (15) - Oliver 1 0-1 2, Kettelle 1 0-0 2, Edens 0 1-2 1, Stafford 2 0-0 4, Hutt 1 0-3 2, Cordova 1 0-0 2, Wood 0 2-2 2. Totals - 6 3-8 15.

3-point field goals - none. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Wasilla 15, Homer 10.



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