SkyHi girls get Knighted

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2002

The Skyview High School girls basketball team couldn't cut quite deep enough into Colony's lead Thursday as the Knights hung a 60-40 loss on the host Panthers in the opening round of the Region III/4A tournament.

The loss bumps the Skyview girls into the consolation bracket, where they will play Palmer at 2:15 p.m. at Skyview. The Colony girls are headed to a semifinal showdown against Kenai at 9:15 p.m.

Skyview coach Joe Trujillo was optimistic about the Panthers' ability to rebound for their meeting with the Moose.

"I told the girls you've got to remember that from here on in, everybody we play has lost a game," Trujillo said. "If we can win and play on Saturday, the team we'll play will have lost Friday night. From here on in, the team that bounces back the best is going to win."

Aiding the Panthers will be the homecourt advantage -- the one thing that made Colony coach Don Witzel nervous entering Thursday's game.

"You always worry about a team coming out on their home court and shooting better than you, especially with the tight rims here, which is something we're not used to," Witzel said.

The Knights were able to handle the Panthers' gym, rims and all, knocking down seven 3-pointers, three of them in the first half, on their way to a 25-15 lead at the break.

"You've got to give Skyview credit. They really battled," Witzel said. "Getting in foul trouble (in the first half) hurt them."

In fact, Skyview's Christina Colvin and Laurel Creel were both forced to sit for stretches during the first half with fouls.

Lindsay Gephardt picked up some of the slack, scoring nine points for the Panthers. Jenny Carpenter paced the squad with 13 points.

The Panthers tried whittling away Colony's lead in the second half, but each time Skyview put together a small run, Colony came up with a trey to halt the Panthers' momentum.

"We didn't have the best night offensively," Trujillo said. "So many of the easy shots we missed in the first half came back to haunt us in the second half. ... Colony is just a well-disciplined team, and they know what to do when they have a lead."

Carly Thaggard led the Knights with 22 points while Kelly Quinn scored 12 points.

KNIGHTS 60, PANTHERS 40

Colony 10 15 20 15 -- 60

Skyview 6 9 12 13 -- 40

COLONY (60) -- Colberg 0 3-6 3, Williams 3 0-1 6, Quinn 5 1-3 12, Menard 2 0-0 4, Thaggard 6 6-6 22, Beckman 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Deml 0 0-0 0, Locke 2 0-3 6, Morris 0 0-0 0, Klapperich 2 1-6 5, Dault 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 11-25 60.

SKYVIEW (40) -- Verba 0 0-0 0, Beever 1 0-1 2, Faigle 1 0-0 2, Gephardt 3 2-2 9, Colvin 1 0-0 2, Carpenter 6 1-1 13, Fay 3 0-2 6, Creel 2 2-4 6. Totals -- 17 5-10 40.

3-point goals -- Colony 7 (Thaggard 4, Locke 2, Quinn), Skyview 1 (Gephardt). Total fouls -- Colony 16, Skyview 21. Fouled out -- none.



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