Colony makes 28-of-38 from free-throw line en route to semifinals

Knights get best of Kardinals again

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

Kenai girls coach Jim Beeson said one of the keys to defeating Colony in a first-round Class 4A state tournament game was keeping the Knights off the foul line.

The Kardinals didn't succeed, putting the Knights on the charity stripe frequently in a 60-53 loss at the Sullivan Arena Thursday.

Colony, the fourth-ranked team in the state, will move on to face top-ranked East in the semifinals today. Kenai, meanwhile, will face North Pole in an 8 a.m. fourth-place semifinal today at the Sullivan.

As they did in beating the Kardinals in the semifinals of the Region III/4A tournament one week ago, Colony did a ton of damage from the foul line Thursday.

The Knights hit 28-of-38 from the line, compared to 11-of-17 for Kenai.

Colony senior Kelly Quinn led all scorers with 17 points, while Kristina Klapperich added 16 points and Carly Thaggard had 10 points.

For Kenai, Erin Smith and Karli Knudsen had 12 points apiece, while Dallas Baldwin scored 10 points off the bench.

KNIGHTS 60, KARDINALS 53

Colony 17 9 15 19 --60

Kenai 11 12 16 14 --53

COLONY (60) -- Colberg 1 3-4 5, Williams 0 0-0 0, Quinn 4 6-8 17, Menard 1 2-2 5, Thaggard 4 2-3 10, Beckman 2 0-0 4, Locke 0 3-4 3, Morris 0 0-0 0, Klapperich 2 12-17 16. Totals -- 14 28-38 60.

KENAI (53) -- Saltzgiver 0 0-0 0, Knudsen 5 2-4 12, Baldwin 4 2-2 10, Montgomery 3 2-3 8, Goggia 1 0-0 2, Popp 0 0-0 0, Edwards 2 1-2 5, McLeod 1 0-0 2, Hall 1 0-0 2, Smith 4 4-6 12, Hampton 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 11-17 53.

3-point goals -- Colony 4 (Quinn 3, Menard 1); Kenai 0. Total fouls -- Colony 14, Kenai 24. Fouled out -- Edwards.

East High 83, North Pole 30

The top-ranked Thunderbirds rumbled through their opening round game, putting four players in double figures and taking a 36-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.

East had 39 points off North Pole turnovers, while the Patriots had just nine points off Thunderbirds turnovers. East also hit 5-of-9 from 3-point land.

East's Natalie Jones led all scorers with 22 points, while other Thunderbirds in double figures were Tenecia Macon with 14 points, Christa Wilson with 12 points and Ashley Mickens with 11 points.

Hayley Musgrove paced North Pole with 14 points.

Chugiak 38, Juneau 30

The unranked Mustangs scored an upset of the third-ranked Crimson Bears.

The difference in the game was the second quarter, where Chugiak outscored Juneau 12-5.

Chugiak got 14 points from Erica Putnam and 12 points from Elyse Hartman. Amy Neussl had 11 points for Juneau.



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