Kardinals boys suffer tough loss to Chugiak

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2002

After a 71-70 loss to Bartlett Thursday morning, the Kenai Central boys were set to rebound against Chugiak Friday night to qualify for a shot at fourth place of the Class 4A boys state basketball tournament.

Unfortunately, the Mustangs had just a few more rebounds in them than did Kenai. And after playing five periods, Chugiak had more points, beating Kenai 64-61 in overtime at Sullivan Arena.

Kenai coach Rich Bartolowits said his team's back-to-back tall performances against perennial state contenders was more than he could ask for. And he hinted that his boys were the bigger players for standing up these powerhouses on an even playing field.

"I don't care what the scoreboard said, we won," he said. "They played with no fear, and they went out there and had fun. Our kids played them bucket for bucket."

Kenai led through the first three periods, giving the Mustangs fits from defensive play. Outside shooting and rebounding played a big part of the Kardinals' domination.

Ian Foley, Steve Steiner and Marcus Webster combined for nine treys in the game against Chugiak, with Foley leading with four from 3-point range. Steiner was 3-of-8 from beyond the arc and Webster was 2-of-8.

"Ian had a great game," Bartolowits said. "Add to that Marcus' and Steve's 3-pointers. Almost as big a stat, we kept up with them in rebounding."

Foley and Webster said the shots were there, so they took them.

"We all had a lot of looks," Foley said.

"We just squeezed the trigger," Webster said. "Three-pointers got the team motivated."

The Kardinals matched Chugiak's rebounding 41-38. But Webster said Kenai's rebounding slowed down in the extra period.

"Those guys are pretty big," he said. "They kept getting rebounds."

Although early in the fourth quarter, the Kardinals were up by as many as eight points. But Webster said complacency set in, allowing the Mustangs to come back. With 38 seconds left in regulation, Chugiak's Dan Erickson drained a 3-pointer, evening the score at 57 and sending it into overtime..

"We knew we shouldn't just sit on the lead and hold it, but we did," Webster said.

In overtime, Kenai was only able to muster four points against Chugiak's seven. Webster said shots just weren't falling for the Kardinals like they were for the Mustangs.

"They got momentum after that 3-point shot," he said.

MUSTANGS 64, KARDINALS 61, OT

Chugiak 14 15 11 17 7 --64

Kenai 15 17 13 12 4 --61

CHUGIAK (64) -- Devine 6 1-2 13, Veldhuis 0 0-0 0, Gray 4 5-8 13, John 2 2-2 8, Knox 1 0-0 2, Daley 0 0-0 0, Clarke 0 2-2 2, Erickson 3 4-4 12, Loges 3 0-0 7, Worrell 3 1-1 7, Burchell 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 22 15-19 64.

KENAI (61) -- Foley 4 1-1 13, Webster 6 5-9 19, Steiner 4 0-0 11, Schooley 0 3-4 3, Barnes 0 0-0 0, Dunn 4 7-8 15, Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 18 16-22 61.

3-point goals -- Chugiak 5 (Erickson 2, John 2, Loges 1); Kenai 9 (Foley 4, Steiner 3, Webster 2). Total fouls -- Chugiak 18, Kenai 16. Fouled out -- Erickson, Dunn.

Lathrop 56, Colony 40

The Malemutes outscored the Knights 18-3 in the third quarter Friday on the way to coasting into the fourth-place game.

For Lathrop, Justin Bourne had 12 points, Ivan Snowden had 11 points and Ryan Shaver had 10 points.

Antoine Spencer paced Colony with 11 points.

Bartlett 51, Dimond 33

The Golden Bears outscored the Lynx 27-15 in the second half Friday to earn a spot in the championship game.

For Bartlett, Andrew Smith had 13 points while Mario Chalmers and Marcus Watts had 11 points apiece.

Joe Chirhart paced Dimond with 12 points.

Juneau-Douglas 59, Wasilla 56, OT

The Crimson Bears were able to prevail in the tight contest Friday and advance to the championship game despite hitting just 8-of-17 from the charity stripe.

Bryan Hamey had 14 points for Juneau, while Julius Cumlat had 11 and Curtis Lane had 10.

Ray Schafer paced Wasilla with 19 points, while Adam Fitt-Chappell had 12 points.

GIRLS

Kenai 47, North Pole 31

The Kardinals forced the Patriots into 24 turnovers Friday to make their way to the fourth-place game.

Karli Knudsen had 15 points, including two 3-pointers, to pace Kenai.

Stephanie Dahlke and Sharde Burkhead each had 10 points for North Pole.

KARDINALS 47, PATRIOTS 31

Kenai 13 8 17 9 --47

North Pole 8 6 10 7 --31

KENAI (47) -- Saltzgiver 0 0-0 0, Knudsen 6 1-2 15, Baldwin 3 1-2 7, Montgomery 1 0-0 2, Goggia 1 0-0 2, Popp 0 0-0 0, Edwards 3 0-0 7, McLeod 0 1-2 1, Hall 3 0-0 6, Smith 3 1-2 7, Hampton 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 20 4-8 47.

NORTH POLE (31) -- Reimherr 0 0-0 0, Holt 0 0-0 0, Sipperly 0 0-0 0, A. Musgrove 0 0-0 0, H. Musgrove 1 2-2 4, King 1 1-2 3, Russell 2 0-0 4, C. Burkhead 0 0-0 0, Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Dahlke 4 1-2 10, S. Burkhead 4 2-3 10. Totals -- 12 6-9 31.

3-point goals -- Kenai 3 (Knudsen 2, Edwards 1); North Pole 1 (Dahlke). Total fouls -- Kenai 11, North Pole 7. Fouled out -- none.

Bartlett 58, Juneau 47

The Golden Bears outscored the Crimson Bears 26-14 Friday in the final period to move into the fourth-place game.

Candi Squartsoff had 20 points and Letricia Castillo had 18 points to lead Bartlett.

For Juneau, Amy Neussl had 13 points and Hilary Rehfeld had 10 points.

East 82, Colony 51

The top-ranked Thunderbirds put four players in double figures Friday to move into the championship game.

Ashley Mickens had 21 points to lead East, while Natalie Jones had 19, Tenecia Macon had 15 and Janessa Webb had 11.

For Colony, Kristina Klapperich had 14 points, Carly Thaggard had 12 points and Kelly Quinn had 10 points.

Wasilla 45, Chugiak 35

The Warriors shot just 28.6 percent from the field Friday but still managed to advance to the championship game.

Wasilla was able to overcome its troubles from the field with a stellar performance from the line. The Warriors were 23-of-27 from the charity stripe, while Chugiak was 1-for-2.

For Wasilla, Marsha Schirack had 18 points, Chandice Cronk had 13 points and Brittney Kroon had 10 points.



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