CIA girls notch win at Classic

Strong start

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2001

Opening a new season with a victory is always a good thing, and the Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team did just that Thursday, defeating Matanuska Christian School 45-33 on the opening day of the Cook Inlet Classic.

In Thursday's late game, the Cook Inlet boys also started strong, defeating the Matanuska Christian boys 58-36 behind 20 points from Calder Hillyer and 17 points from Jacob Peterson.

The Homer Community Christian School girls opened the tournament with a 30-16 win over Unalaska while the Unalaska boys hung on to defeat Community Christian School 52-47.

"We didn't know what to expect with Matanuska -- we hadn't played them much at all and it's been a number of years since they've been down here," said CIA girls coach Greg Bell. "I was real pleased with the way we played defense, especially in the first half."

In fact, CIA led 23-16 at the half, then outscored Matanuska 12-6 in the third quarter to extend its lead.

"Defense -- that's what we did best," said CIA's Chantal Reese, assessing her team's performance in its first game of the season.

"We were getting down low, working hard, playing help defense and working together."

While the CIA defense limited Matanuska's shooting opportunities, the CIA offense found its stride when it was able to push the tempo of the game.

"We need to keep the tempo at what we want it to be," Bell said. "We need to play our game."

CIA's game worked best when it was able to make several quick passes and find Miranda Zindel in the post. Zindel struck for a game-high 16 points.

"Miranda did a great job getting open down low," Reese said.

Shannon Powers and Jessica Hall each added eight points for CIA.

Heather Richardson led Matanuska with 12 points.

Reese said she enjoyed playing in the tournament earlier in the season.

"Last year, we played it in January," Reese said. "This year, we just go in and see how well we can do. It gets us ready for the rest of the season."

Play in the round-robin tournament continues today. The Matanuska Christian girls face Unalaska at 3:30 p.m., followed by the boys teams at 5:15 p.m.

The CIA girls play Community Christian at 7 p.m. and the CIA boys finish off the evening with an 8:45 start against CCS.

The tournament concludes Saturday with the CCS girls playing Matanuska at 11 a.m. followed by the boys at 12:45 p.m.

The CIA girls play Unalaska at 2:30 p.m. followed by the boys in the tournament finale at 4:15 p.m.

COOK INLET EAGLES 45, MATANUSKA CHRISTIAN EAGLES 33

Mat. Christian 6 10 6 11 -- 33

CIA 12 11 12 10 -- 45

MATANUSKA CHRISTIAN (33) -- Lindeman 1 0-0 2, Johnson 2 0-1 4, Brost 2 2-2 8, Patson 1 0-0 2, Richardson 6 0-1 12, Gedicks 1 1-3 3, Stanley 0 0-0 0, DeMarco 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 14 3-7 33.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (45) -- Reese 2 1-2 5, Evans 2 0-0 4, Hall 3 2-5 8, Powers 4 0-0 8, Zindel 8 0-2 16, Franchino 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 2 0-0 4, Bell 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 21 3-9 45.

3-point goals -- Matanuska Christian 2 (Brost 2). Total fouls -- Matanuska Christian 12, CIA 13. Fouled out -- Patson.

COOK INLET EAGLES 58, MATANUSKA CHRISTIAN EAGLES 36

Mat. Christian 13 10 8 5 --36

CIA 15 10 16 17 --58

MATANUSKA CHRISTIAN (36) -- Unfreid 0 0-0 0, Kelly 8 2-6 18, Brown 0 0-0 0, Gedicks 3 1-1 7, Velasquez 1 0-0 2, Mongeau 2 5-8 9. Totals 14 8-21 36.

COOK INLET ACADEMY (58) -- Powers 3 2-3 8, Hillyer 8 2-2 20, Peterson 7 2-3 17, Franchino 4 3-4 11, Gabriel 1 0-0 2, Myers 2 2-2 4. Totals 25 11-14 58.

3-point goals -- Hillyer 2, Peterson 1.



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