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Kardinals sweep Cook Inlet Academy

Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Kenai Central basketball teams swept Cook Inlet Academy Tuesday. The girls won 50-40 and the boys claimed a 57-42 victory.

Kenai's girls held a 30-23 lead at halftime. They outscored CIA 20-17 in the second half.

"CIA played very, very well," said Kards head coach Stacia Rustad. "I'm very impressed with (their) squad and what they're doing."

Rustad said her team struggled from the perimeter.

"We made it a little bit harder on ourselves," she said.

Raquel Young led her team with 25 points. Lexi Beeson followed with 13.

"Raquel is doing a great job down low for us," Rustad said. She said much of Young's offensive production comes from making short, close-range shots.

"Lexi had a solid offensive night," Rustad said of Beeson. She said Beeson made some big shots toward the end of the game that gave her squad a momentum boost.

Tiffany Smith led CIA with 13 points. Amie Smithwick chipped in 10, including going 6-6 from the line.

As a team, the Eagles made 16 of 21 free throws. Kenai was 8-13 from the line.

Kenai's boys jumped out to a huge 36-15 lead after two quarters and never looked back.

"In the first half, our defense really was great," said Kards head coach Ken Felchle. "It was the best part of our offense, too."

Felchle said his team's tough defense turned into offensive points during the first three quarters.

His squad was patient of offense and played well on defense, Felchle added.

Though Kenai put up just four fourth-quarter points, their lead was too great for CIA to recover from. The Kards had a 53-27 lead heading into the final quarter.

Felchle said his team played undisciplined in the fourth quarter.

"We have to play four, full quarters of basketball," he said.

AJ Hull led Kenai with 13 points. Lincoln Wensley had 11 and Bo Reilly added 10.

Stefan Reischach led the Eagles with 14 points. Matthew Moffis followed with 13.

CIA shot 5-9 from the line. Kenai made all of its free throws, going 3-3 on the night.

"It's another victory for us and another step forward for getting better," Felchle said.

Girls

Kardinals 50, Eagles 40

CIA 10 13 10 7 -- 40

Kenai 16 14 7 13 -- 50

CIA (40) -- T. Smith 10 3-4 13, T. McGahan 0 2-2 2, M. Bauder 8 0-0 8, S. Arneson 0 0-0 0, A. Smithwick 4 6-6 10, K. Powers 0 1-2 1, K. Brush 0 0-0 0, K. Leaf 2 4-7 6. Totals -- 24 16-21 40.

KENAI (50) -- S. Hull 3 1-2 4, A. McGahan 5 0-0 5, L. Beeson 10 3-3 13, B. Beeson 0 0-0 0, L. Flanagan 2 1-2 3, S. Kelley 0 0-0 0, M. Wensley 0 0-0 0, R. Young 22 3-6 25. Totals -- 42 8-13 50.

3-point goals -- Kenai 2 (McGahan 1, Hull 1). Team fouls -- CIA 11; Kenai 20. Fouled out -- None.

Boys

Kardinals 57, Eagles 42

CIA 6 9 12 15 -- 42

Kenai 20 16 17 4 -- 57

CIA (42) -- L. Grinestaff 2 0-0 2, C. Munn 0 0-0 0, J. Grinestaff 2 0-0 2, S. Reischach 11 3-7 14, J. Holly 0 0-0 0, K. Powers 2 0-0 2, M. Moffis 11 2-2 13, M. Horton 2 0-0 2, D. Reischach 7 0-0 7. Totals -- 37 5-9 42.

KENAI (57) -- R. Ziehmer 0 0-0 0, A. Hull 13 0-0 13, B. Kiefer 5 2-2 7, T. Spalding 4 0-0 4, K. Risung 7 1-1 8, J. Sandahl 4 0-0 4, B. Reilly 10 0-0 10, L. Wensley 11 0-0 11. Totals -- 54 3-3 57.

3-point goals -- CIA 3 (S. Reischach 1, Moffis 1, D. Reischach 1); Kenai 4 (Hull 1, Kiefer 2, Wensley 1). Team fouls -- CIA 10; Kenai 15. Fouled out -- None.



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