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Kodiak takes state berth from Kenai: Bears girls win defensive battle that sees just 3 total points scored in 4th quarter

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2010

The Kenai Central girls trademark tough defense continued against Kodiak in the third-place Northern Lights Conference game, but the Kards came up short on offense and in the game on Saturday at Skyview High School.

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Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Kenai's Allie McGahan tries to break up a pass by Joyce Juble in the fourth on Saturday.

Just three points were scored in the fourth quarter between the two teams and the Bears held on for a 33-28 win, earning a state berth. Kodiak won in the third-place game to earn a state berth for the second straight year.

"Their defense was absolutely outstanding today," Bears head coach Brett Larsen said of Kenai. He said his team got just as many defensive stops as the Kards in the final quarter, propelling it to victory.

"We had to win the third quarter, and we did," Larsen said.

Kodiak doubled its three-point halftime lead by the end of the third period.

"We stopped them defensively," Kards head coach Stacia Rustad said. "We couldn't score. We had great looks and the ball just didn't go in."

Kenai made just 1-of-11 field goals in the final quarter. Kodiak was 0-of-2 from the field in the final eight minutes.

Raquel Young and Lierin Flanagan paced the Kards with eight points apiece. Megan Grupp led all Bears with eight points. Rhonda Yamat and Joanna Garcia followed with seven each.

Larsen said his girls remained patient on offense. Kodiak was able to get inside and make its layups, he said.

"We were just letting it work," Larsen said.

Having lost four of his five starters from last season, it's an impressive feat to return to the state tournament, Larsen said.

"To make the strides we made this year is outstanding," he said.

The Bears defeated Palmer 35-30 in a 9 a.m. Saturday game to earn a spot in the third-place contest.

Kodiak's Julienne Gregory scored 10 points to lead the Bears. Kasara Bradenburg pumped in 13 points for the Moose.

The score was knotted at 16 at the half. The Bears trailed by four after the third period. Kodiak put up 12 fourth-quarter points while holding the Moose to just three. Palmer did not make a field goal during the fourth.

Despite playing two games in five hours, fatigue was not a factor for the Bears, Larsen said.

"We looked to be the fresher team," he said.

Kenai defeated Soldotna 55-49 in the 9 a.m. game to earn a spot in the third-place game. Lexi Beeson led the charge with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Morgan Wensley and Samantha Hull each chipped in 12. The Kards made nine 3s in the game.Karen Senette poured in 27 points for the Stars.

Though unhappy with the loss, Rustad said her team has progressed as well as any other in the state this season.

"We improved with every game we stepped on the floor," she said. "We've got to be pretty darn close to the most improved team in the state."

Wasilla 35, Colony 30

The Warriors held off the Knights to win the Northern Lights Conference championship on Saturday.

The crown was Wasilla's first in three years, and also avenged defeats to the Knights in the last two title tilts.

It is the eighth NLC crown in 11 seasons for Wasilla and head coach Jeannie Hebert-Truax.

Wasilla won the game despite going 11-of-34 from the free throw line and shooting just 34 percent from the floor. They won thanks to Colony's nightmarish shooting performance. The Knights made just five field goals in the game and shot just 14.7 percent from the floor.

Friday girls

Bears 33, Kardinals 28

Kenai 10 8 8 2 -- 28

Kodiak 12 9 11 1 -- 33

KENAI (28) -- S. Hull 1 0-0 3, A. McGahan 0 0-2 0, L. Beeson 1 0-0 2, B. Beeson 1 0-0 2, L. Flanagan 1 6-6 8, M. Wensley 2 0-0 5, S. Dunlap 0 0-0 0, R. Young 4 0-2 8. Totals -- 10 6-10 28.

KODIAK (33) -- R. Yamat 3 1-2 7, J. Garcia 2 3-3 7, M. Grupp 3 2-2 8, P. Tusitino 2 0-0 4, J. Gregory 2 0-1 4, J. Juble 1 0-0 3. Totals -- 13 6-8 33.

3-point goals -- Kenai 2 (Hull 1, Wensley 1); Kodiak 1 (Juble 1). Team fouls --Kenai 9; Kodiak 11. Fouled out -- None.

Kardinals 56, Stars 49

Kenai 10 15 13 18 -- 56

Soldotna 7 13 9 20 -- 49

KENAI (56) -- S. Hull 1 10-11 12, A. McGahan 0 2-2 2, L. Beeson 8 0-0 20, B. Beeson 0 0-0 0, L. Flanagan 0 5-7 5, M. Wensley 4 1-2 12, S. Dunlap 1 0-0 3, R. Young 1 0-2 2. Totals -- 15 18-24 56.

SOLDOTNA (49) -- L. Forbes 0 0-0 0, K. Senette 7 12-13 27, K. Sholin 0 0-0 0, J. Jensen 0 0-0 0, S. Ackerman 3 0-0 8, K. VanAntwerp 0 0-0 0, J. Duke 0 0-0 0, M. Hardy 2 0-0 4, K. Skjold 4 2-2 10. Totals -- 16 14-15 49.

3-point goals -- Kenai 9 (Hull 1, L. Beeson 4, M. Wensley 3, Dunlap 1); Soldotna 3 (Ackerman 2, Senette 1). Team fouls -- Kenai 14; Soldotna 19. Fouled out -- Young, Skjold.



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