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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat -- there was no need to span the globe to find those Saturday, both were to be found in abundance at Skyview High School.

The Skyview girls basketball team pulled of an upset to start the evening off, defeating cross-town rival Soldotna 39-29 in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Skyview boys followed that with a one-point win, 47-46, over the Stars in a game where the outcome wasn't decided until the final second of play.

Saturday's wins followed a split for the Panthers Friday in Homer. The Homer girls defeated the Panthers 61-43 while the Skyview boys notched a 68-53 win.

"I don't know," said Skyview's Christina Colvin when asked what the difference was for the Panthers in Saturday's game. "I had this feeling just before the game. Our team acted like we wanted this one, and we knew how to get it."

Skyview's game plan for the Stars was simple: slow everything down, take your time, and get it right.

"We knew we couldn't run on them, and we couldn't rush," Colvin said. "We knew we had to be patient on offense, take our time and run our game."

The Panthers did just that, working the ball around the perimeter on offense before hitting a cutter in the lane or sinking an outside jumper.

The Stars, meanwhile, were having trouble getting their first shot to fall, and the Skyview defense wasn't giving Soldotna any second chances.

"Jenny Carpenter played a tremendous game inside. She owned the paint," Skyview coach Joe Trujillo said.

Trujillo also credited Colvin and Amanda Fay with excellent games down low, and added that Laurel Creel was able to take care of the ball at the point.

Skyview jumped out to an early advantage, getting six points from Fay on three outside jump shots in the first quarter to take a 10-4 lead.

The Panthers kept their momentum going through the second quarter, scoring the first eight points of the frame on their way to a 20-8 halftime lead.

"It was pretty much just sag in the paint and help out on everything," Carpenter said of Skyview's defensive scheme. "We made sure we had one person on the outside just in case, but pretty we covered the middle."

The Stars built some momentum to open the second half when Jenna Syverson and Jennifer Senette hit back-to-back treys, pulling Soldotna to within six points, 20-14, but the Panthers remained patient on offense, using up plenty of clock while making the Stars work for every point they got.

"We were nervous in the beginning, but we calmed down," Creel said. "We talked to each other, and got each other psyched up for this game during warmups."

Skyview was able to maintain its lead through the fourth quarter. Carpenter and Fay each finished with eight points while Colvin and Creel each netted seven for the Panthers.

 

Skyview's Jenny Carpenter looks for an opening as Soldotna's Erin Wolfe pressures her from behind in the third quarter Saturday at Skyview.

Photo by M. SCOTT MOON

Hillary Zobeck led the Stars with 10 points while Senette and Rachel Besse each scored eight.

"We didn't shoot real well today, and we didn't play defense real well, but don't take anything away from Skyview. They played really well," said Soldotna coach Mark Tuter.

In Friday's game, Colvin scored 13 points and Carpenter finished with 11, but the Mariners put together what Trujillo called the best game he's seen them play.

"This was a big game for us, and we knew it," Colvin said. "After last night, we didn't play so well, the second we stepped off the court, we knew today was going to be a huge game."

Skyview boys 47, Soldotna 46

The Stars led by a point, 46-45, with 25 seconds to play when Josh Rowell drove to the hoop and knocked down his shot, despite being fouled, to give the Panthers a one-point edge.

Rowell missed his free throw, but the Panthers managed to hang on to the lead during a wild sequence of events as the clock ticked down. Soldotna missed a chance to tie the game from the free-throw line with three seconds left, and Rowell pulled down the rebound to secure the win.

"I'm just glad I had the opportunity," Rowell said. "At the end, I was getting a little rattled. When they got two shots, I was just glad I got the rebound."

The Stars trailed the Panthers by a point, 31-30, at the half, and after falling off the pace in the third quarter, rallied to take the lead, 44-43, on a 3-point shot by Ben Histand with 2:50 left in the game.

Skyview got its lead back for a brief moment before Soldotna's Adam Kiffmeyer sunk an amazing shot, flinging the ball toward the basket while being held on the arm by a Skyview player.

Soldotna held on to its one-point edge until Rowell's heroics.

"(Soldotna) came to play," Skyview coach Dave Blossom said. "I told the guys before the game, SoHi has nothing to lose. They can just come out and play tenacious basketball. I've seen improvement in them all year long."

Rowell led the Panthers with 16 points while Mark McGarry netted nine.

Histand had 17 for the Stars while Kiffmeyer finished with 13.

Saturday's games

Girls

PANTHERS 39, STARS 29

Soldotna 4 4 11 10 -- 29

Skyview 10 10 9 10 -- 39

SOLDOTNA (29) -- A. Penner 0 0-0 0, Senette 2 2-2 8, Wolfe 0 0-0 0, Christensen 0 0-0 0, Besse 4 0-1 8, S. Penner 0 0-1 0, Syverson 1 0-0 3, Zobeck 4 2-6 10, Breakfield 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 11 4-10 29.

SKYVIEW (39) -- Verba 0 2-3 2, Beever 0 0-0 0, Faigle 1 0-0 3, Gephardt 2 0-2 4, Colvin 3 1-1 7, Carpenter 2 4-6 8, Fay 4 0-1 8, Creel 2 3-4 7. Totals -- 14 10-17 39.

3-point goals -- Soldotna 3 (Senette 2, Syverson), Skyview 1 (Faigle). Total fouls -- Soldotna 16, Skyview 16. Fouled out -- Syverson.

PANTHERS 47, STARS 46

Soldotna 18 12 4 12 -- 46

Skyview 20 11 8 8 -- 47

SOLDOTNA (46) -- Turnbull 1 0-0 3, Nettles 0 0-0 0, Histand 7 1-2 17, Kennedy 2 1-5 5, Richman 0 0-0 0, Sizemore 1 0-0 2, Kiffmeyer 5 1-6 13, Michal 0 0-0 0, Simpson 0 6-6 6. Totals -- 16 9-19 46.

SKYVIEW (46) -- McGarry 3 1-1 9, Shields 0 0-0 0, Z. Rowell 0 0-0 0, Lewis 3 0-1 6, Geller 3 0-0 8, Smith 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 2 2-4 6, Cooper 1 0-0 2, J. Rowell 7 2-4 16. Totals -- 19 5-10 47.

3-point goals -- Soldotna 5 (Histand 2, Kiffmeyer 2, Turnbull), Skyview 4 (McGarry 2, Geller 2). Total fouls -- Soldotna 13, Skyview 18. Fouled out -- none.

Friday's games

Girls

MARINERS 61, PANTHERS 43

Skyview 10 16 12 5 -- 43

Homer 19 12 21 9 -- 61

SKYVIEW (43) -- Verba 0 2-2 2, Beever 2 0-1 4, Faigle 0 0-0 0, Gephardt 1 5-6 8, Colvin 4 5-7 13, Carpenter 3 5-5 11, Fay 1 0-0 2, Dalebout 0 0-0 0, Creel 1 1-2 3. Totals -- 12 18-23 43.

HOMER (61) -- Eller 2 2-4 6, Crandall 1 4-6 8, Thompson 4 0-0 9, Sinnhuber 2 5-8 9, Cousins 0 0-0 0, Lightcap 0 0-0 0, Morawitz 5 1-3 11, Smith 0 0-0 0, Jolly 0 0-0 0, Lowney 3 4-5 10, Setterquist 4 0-0 8. Totals -- 22 16-26 61.

3-point goals -- Skyview 1 (Gephardt), Homer 1 (Thompson). Total fouls -- Skyview 17, Homer 19. Fouled out -- none.

PANTHERS 68, MARINERS 53

Skyview 17 18 16 17 -- 68

Homer 8 11 19 15 -- 53

SKYVIEW (68) -- McGarry 4 0-2 8, Shields 0 0-0 0, Matarrese 0 0-0 0, Lewis 7 1-1 15, Geller 2 0-0 4, St. Clair 0 0-0 0, Kosydar 4 1-2 9, Cooper 2 0-2 4, Rowell 12 2-5 26. Totals -- 32 4-12 68.

HOMER (53) -- Kuhns 0 0-0 0, Mahan 0 0-0 0, Luebbert 1 0-0 2, Drake 6 0-0 15, Stead 4 2-2 10, Isenhour 0 1-2 1, Crum 3 1-2 7, Hunting 2 1-1 5, Turner 2 5-6 10. Totals -- 19 11-14 53.

3-point goals -- Homer 4 (Drake 3 , Turner). Total fouls -- Skyview 14, Homer 17. Fouled out -- none.



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