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Kardinals nip Bears: Kenai girls overcome halftime deficit to win

Posted: Friday, March 06, 2009

Trailing by six at halftime following a 4-for-20 performance from the field, the Kenai Central girls came back and topped Kodiak, 30-29, in the first round of the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Kodiak High School on Thursday.

Photo By Derek Clarkston, Kodiak Daily Mirror
Photo By Derek Clarkston, Kodiak Daily Mirror
Kenai Central's Jacob Bisset drives to the hoop during an opening-round game of the Northern Lights Conference tournament against Wasilla on Thursday at Kodiak High School.

"We definitely struggled and we certainly didn't shoot very well from the free-throw line," said Kardinals coach Ken Felchle. "Offensively we didn't do ourselves any favors.

"The one thing that we did do all game is we continued to play defense and that allowed us to stay close enough, that in the fourth quarter, our offensive struggles turned around a little bit," he added. "Offensively we started to play much better. But it was only because defensively we didn't quit all game."

The Kardinals, the top seed from the Southern Division, were just 2-of-11 in the first quarter in falling behind 8-4 after eight minutes. The deficit grew in the second quarter as the fourth-seeded Bears went 5-for-16 in the first half in taking a 15-9 edge at the break.

Down 19-18 entering the fourth, Kenai came back, outscoring Kodiak, 12-10, in earning the hard-fought win, the first victory in the opening round of the NLC tourney for the Kardinals since 2002, according to Felchle.

"We are just thrilled beyond belief," he said.

The Kardinals will now face second-seeded Wasilla in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. today Kodiak, meanwhile, will play third-seeded Homer at 8 a.m. today.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Felchle said of facing the Warriors. "We'll enjoy it but we have a big task ahead of us. We're going to give it our best shot."

Soldotna boys 57, Kodiak 42

Liam Andrus had 15 points and Blaine Carver scored 12 points as the top-seeded Stars used a strong third quarter to capture a first-round win over the host Bears on Thursday.

SoHi led 11-5 after the first and stretched the lead to 26-17 at the break.

The Stars then dropped 21 points in the third, while holding the fourth-seeded Bears to eight, in vaulting themselves into today's 8:15 p.m. semifinal versus Palmer.

Palmer boys 44, Homer 42, OT

After Homer's Dean DeVaney canned a 3-pointer that gave the Mariners the lead with 18 seconds remaining in regulation, Palmer's Mitch Swetzof sent the game to overtime with a dunk with four seconds left and the second-seeded Moose held on for a tight win on Day 1 of the NLC tournament Thursday.

Swetzof netted a team-high 11 points for the Moose, who turned the ball over 26 times, while Christian Odom and Sean Niekamp each added eight.

DeVaney netted 12 points, eight coming in the fourth quarter, and Corey Sutherland had 10 for Homer, which trailed 10-8 after the first and 23-16 at halftime. Homer then outscored Palmer, 7-5, in the third before charging back with 14 points in the fourth in sending the game to the extra session.

But Odom, Swetzof and Niekamp each scored two points for Palmer in overtime in helping the Moose prevail and advance to today's semifinal against top-seeded Soldotna.

Homer, which was just 1-for-9 from the foul line against Palmer, will now play fourth-seeded Kodiak at 1:15 p.m. today in fighting for the third state-tournament berth.

Wasilla boys 60, Kenai 42

Adrese LaVern and Tim Orr both netted 12 points and Cody Pfeifer added nine as the third-seeded Warriors jumped in front early and never looked back in capturing a first-round win in the NLC tourney on Thursday.

Leading 16-6 after eight minutes, Wasilla outscored the second-seeded Kardinals, 18-11, in the second in entering halftime with a comfortable lead.

Zach Rabung paced Kenai with 11 points, while Bryson Lowe added eight.

The Warriors will now take on crosstown rival and top-seeded Colony in today's 4:45 p.m. semifinal. The Kardinals, still alive for third place and the final state-tournament berth, will play fourth-seeded Skyview in the consolation quarterfinals at 9:45 a.m. today.

Palmer girls 41, Soldotna 19

Kelsey Campbell scored a game-high 14 points and Jaimi Cox chipped in 11 in leading the third-seeded Moose to a win over the second-seeded Stars in the first round of the NLC tournament on Thursday.

Palmer led 16-6 after the first and 20-10 at halftime before limiting Soldotna to just nine second-half points in advancing to today's semifinal against top-seeded Colony at 3 p.m.

Jessi Stenga, Megan Hardy and Becca Satathite all had four points for the Stars, who will take on Skyview in the consolation quarterfinals at 11:30 a.m. today.

Colony girls 64, Skyview 21

Alex Coon scored a game-high 18 points and Allie Grazulis had 13 in guiding the defending Class 4A champion Knights to an easy win over the Panthers in the opening round of the NLC tournament.

Leading 19-4 after the first and 38-14 at the break, No. 1 Colony -- which was 26-of-57 from the field -- blanked fourth-seeded Skyview in the third en route to the win.

Colony will now play Palmer in today's semifinal, while the Panthers, who were led by Melissa Massey's nine points and Brittany Meyer's six, will play Soldotna in the consolation quarterfinals.

Colony boys 63, Skyview 41

John Palmer scored 14 points and the Knights pulled away in the fourth quarter for a first-round win over the fourth-seeded Panthers on Thursday.

Leading by just one after the first and seven at the break, Colony outscored Skyview, 22-9, in the decisive fourth for the win.

The Knights will now play Wasilla at 4:45 p.m. today, while the Panthers take on Homer in the consolation bracket at 1:15 p.m.

Skyview was led by Cameron Harvey and Thomas Colony, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Wasilla girls 58, Homer 35

Jenna Johnson netted 18 points and the second-seeded Warriors used a strong second half to pull away for the win on Thursday.

Leading 28-18 at the break, Wasilla outscored the third-seeded Mariners 17-7 in the third and 13-10 in the fourth.

Homer was led by Lindsay Layland's 12 points and 10 from Deanna Weaver.

Boys

Warriors 60, Kardinals 42

Kenai 6 11 16 9 --42

Wasilla 16 18 13 13 --60

KENAI (42) -- Lowe 2 3-4 8, Rabung 5 0-1 11, Hull 0 1-2 1, Kiefer 1 0-2 3, Spalding 2 2-3 6, Crowder 0 0-0 0, Aguilar 1 0-0 3, Reilly 0 0-0 0, Lazaro 3 0-0 6, Barnes 0 0-0 0, Bisset 1 2-2 4, Hayes 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 15 8-14 42.

WASILLA (60) -- Shierman 0 0-0 0, Mack 3 0-1 6, Kroon 2 0-0 5, Kuiper 2 0-0 5, LaVern 5 0-0 12, Orr 5 1-1 12, Pfeifer 3 2-2 9, Stahle 0 0-0 0, Edwards 0 0-0 0, Ford 1 0-0 2, Knowles 2 3-5 7, Green 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 24 6-9 60.

3-point goals -- Kenai 4 (Lowe, Rabung, Kiefer, Aguilar), Wasilla 6 (LaVern 2, Kroon 1, Kuiper 1, Orr 1, Pfeifer 1). Team fouls -- Kenai 12, Wasilla 12. Fouled out -- none.

Moose 44, Mariners 42, OT

Palmer 10 13 5 9 7 --44

Homer 8 8 7 14 5 --42

PALMER (44) -- Fullmer 1 0-0 3, Titus 0 0-0 0, Dean 1 1-2 4, Hillis 3 0-0 6, Swetzof 3 5-7 11, Bohman 2 0-0 4, Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Niekamp 4 0-1 8, C. Odom 3 2-2 8, Daniels 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 17 8-12 44.

HOMER (42) -- DeVaney 5 0-1 12, Brymer 0 0-0 0, Sutherland 5 0-1 10, Gilbert 1 1-2 3, Horazdovsky 1 0-0 3, Wolford 4 0-0 8, Kennelty 3 0-5 6.

Totals -- 19 1-9 42.

3-point goals -- Palmer 2 (Fullmer, Dean), Homer 3 (DeVaney 2, Horazdovsky 1). Team fouls -- Palmer 11, Homer 12. Fouled out -- Kennelty.

Knights 63, Panthers 41

Colony 11 14 16 22 --63

Skyview 10 8 14 9 --41

COLONY (63) -- Gray 2 0-0 4, Lanners 5 1-2 11, Turner 0 1-2 1, Larson 0 2-2 2, Palmer 4 3-4 14, Scott 3 2-2 8, Jacobson 4 1-4 9, Niver 0 2-2 2, Murphy 3 4-4 10, Summers 0 2-2 2. Totals 21 18-24 63.

SKYVIEW (41) -- Meade 3 0-0 6, Jones 1 1-4 3, Conley 4 2-4 11, Schadle 1 0-0 2, Harvey 4 2-2 12, White 2 0-0 6, Diaz 0 1-2 1. Totals: 15 6-12 41.

3-point goals -- Colony 3 (Palmer 3), Skyview 5 (Harvey, White 2); Team fouls -- Colony 14, Skyview 21. Fouled out -- Meade.

Girls

Moose 41, Stars 19

Soldotna 6 4 4 5 --19

Palmer 16 4 13 8 --41

SOLDOTNA (19) -- Forbes 0 0-0 0, Stenga 1 2-6 4, Jensen 0 2-2 2, Dykstra 0 2-4 2, Heffner 0 0-0 0, VanAntwerp 0 0-0 0, Duke 1 0-0 3, Hardy 2 0-1 4, Truesdell 0 0-0 0, Satathite 2 0-0 4. Totals -- 6 6-13 19.

PALMER (41) -- Cox 5 1-2 11, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Campbell 5 0-0 14, LaMere 0 0-0 0, Mangelsdorf 0 1-2 1, Thein 0 0-0 0, Bolling 2 2-2 6, Zimmer 0 2-2 2, Venzke 2 1-2 5, Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 15 7-10 41.

3-point goals -- Soldotna 1 (Duke), Palmer 4 (Campbell 4). Team fouls -- Soldotna 10, Palmer 15. Fouled out -- none.

Knights 64, Panthers 21

Skyview 4 10 0 7 -- 21

Colony 19 19 16 10 --64

SKYVIEW (21) -- Jones 0 0-0 0, O'Guinn 0 0-0 0, Massey 3 2-4 9, Papp 0 0-0 0, Hill 1 0-0 2, Perletti 0 0-0 0, Penrod 2 0-0 4, Stewart 0 0-0 0, Meyer 3 0-0 6, Kelley 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 9 2-4 21.

COLONY (64) -- Hamaan 0 0-0 0, Garrod 3 0-0 6, Klapperich 4 0-0 8, Maria Bowker 1 0-0 2, Mallo 1 0-0 3, Grazulis 5 2-2 13, Megan Bowker 1 2-2 4, Coon 8 2-2 18, Eisenhower 0 0-0 0, Larson 2 2-2 6, Forstner 0 2-2 2, Farrell 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 26 10-10 64.

3-point goals -- Skyview 1 (Massey), Colony 2 (Mallo, Grazulis). Team fouls -- Skyview 7, Colony 9. Fouled out -- none.

Warriors 58, Mariners 35

Homer 10 8 7 10 --35

Wasilla 14 14 17 13 --58

HOMER (35) -- Weaver 3 4-7 10, Ketelle 0 1-2 1, Daugherty 1 2-2 4, Stafford 3 1-2 7, Wood 0 1-4 1, Layland 3 5-8 12. Totals -- 10 14-25 35.

WASILLA (58) -- Frizzelle 1 0-0 2, Apangolook 1 0-0 2, Isshiki 3 0-0 7, Nuss 2 0-0 5, Naczi 1 1-2 4, Brown 3 1-2 8, Johnson 8 0-0 18, Davis 1 0-1 2, Troisi 1 0-0 2, Cottle 4 0-1 8. Totals -- 25 2-6 58.

3-point goals -- Homer 1 (Layland 1), Wasilla 6 (Johnson 2). Team fouls -- Homer 9, Wasilla 14. Fouled out -- none.



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