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Gig Harbor overcomes jet lag, Kentlake

Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2000

Playing sluggishly into the third quarter, the Gig Harbor Tides looked like they'd traveled too far and slept too little in the opening girls game of the Capital City Classic high school basketball tournament Wednesday afternoon at Juneau-Douglas High School.

But Kentlake had traveled just as far. The two schools are about 30 miles apart in the Puget Sound area, but they both came nearly 1,000 miles from Washington state to play each other.

The Tides shook off their jet lag about the time it caught up with the Falcons. The result was 17 unanswered points, propelling the Tides to a 62-57 victory.

The Tides went from a 43-33 deficit to a 50-43 lead during the run.

The Tides (6-1 overall) were led on offense by 6-foot-1 senior Stephanie Dressel who had 25 points, including nine field goals and seven of 13 free throws. She also helped spark the rally, scoring four points during the 17-0 run.

Senior Kalia Lee scored seven points during the comeback and junior Avery Greene nailed two 3-pointers in a row to give the Tides a 50-43 lead with six minutes left.

Dressel contributed 10 points in the final quarter and dominated the boards at both ends of the court. Dressel grabbed 21 rebounds for the game, which moved her into her school's career lead with 454 total. Greene also took over the school's career lead in assists as her four Wednesday gave her 127.

"Our game plan was to rebound and play tough," she said.

The Falcons (2-5) staged a comeback in the final quarter, closing to within three points, 56-53, on a pair of free throws by Kristin Pasley with 1:45 left. The Tides snuffed the Falcons' would-be comeback on a field goal by Dressel and three free throws by Lee.

"This was a great first game for us," Gig Harbor head coach Bob Boback said. "We needed a game that was close, and I thought we handled the pressure well."

Gig Harbor's next game is Friday at 1 p.m. against West Valley. Kentlake plays Juneau-Douglas at 6 p.m.

Dimond boys 66, Kentlake 57

The first boys game of the tournament featured the Dimond Lynx of Anchorage against Kentlake. Despite this being the first game of the season for the Lynx, they handled the Falcons with little trouble in winning 66-57.

Junior Todd Brady scored a Lynx field goal two seconds into the game and junior Brandon Joseph had 10 first-quarter points, but sloppy play and turnovers enabled the Falcons to stay close to the faster Lynx. Dimond only led 31-27 at intermission.

The defending Class 4A state runner-up Lynx (1-0) took control early in the second half. Point guard Kenard Walker was fouled three times in a row and went 5-for-6 at the line. He added four more points near the end of the quarter off of two steals. Kentlake (4-3, with a three-game losing streak) suffered at the line, going 0-for-5 in the third period. Two 3-pointers from junior Matt Cole, including one at the buzzer, kept the Falcons alive.

The Lynx held off the Falcons in the fourth quarter by hitting eight of nine free throws.

Six Lynx scored in the final eight minutes to take some of the pressure off of Joseph and Walker, who finished with 21 and 18 points, respectively.

Dimond coach Jeff Jones was optimistic about the performance, and looked forward to facing Juneau on Friday.

"They threw lots of different things at us," he said. "But I'm pretty pleased with the way we handled all of them. Now we need to be disciplined against Juneau."

Joseph, the leading scorer for the Lynx, also was positive.

"We played well. We were a little nervous at the beginning because we've never seen this team before, but we played well," he said.

Chris Jordan led Kentlake with 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Matt Cole with 10 points was the only other Falcon in double figures.

Kentlake's next game is 3 p.m. Friday against West Valley of Fairbanks. Dimond faces off against Juneau-Douglas at 8 p.m. Friday.

Matt Reed can be contacted at sports@juneauempire.com.

TIDES 62, FALCONS 57

Wednesday's girls boxscore from the Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School

GIG HARBOR (62) -- Natalie Kuzmick 0 0-0 0, Stephanie Dressel 9 7-13 25, Kalia Lee 3 7-14 13, Avery Greene 3 0-0 9, Kaeley Triller 2 3-4 7, Kristi Lynn 2 0-0 4, Amber Lynn 0 0-0 0, Klara Durkee 1 0-2 2, Rebekah Johnson 1 0-0 2, Trish Thrall 0 0-0 0, Kelly Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 17-34 62

KENTLAKE (57) -- Kristin Pasley 5 2-2 14, Courtney Thompson 5 3-4 14, Shelby Gihring 5 2-3 12, Shuree Hyatt 3 0-0 7, Cori Hamblin 3 1-1 7, Nikki Russo 1 0-2 2, Tanya Milam 0 1-2 1, Michelle Johnson 0 0-0 0, Cameron Flunder 0 0-2 0, Jennifer Inscore 0 0-0 0, Jocelyn Raczka 0 0-0 0, Meghan Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 9-16 57

GIG HARBOR 12 14 16 20 -- 62

KENTLAKE 13 15 15 14 -- 57

3-point goals -- Gig Harbor 3 (Greene 3), Kentlake 4 (Pasley 2, Hyatt 1, Thompson 1). Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Gig Harbor 17, Kentlake 22.

LYNX 66, FALCONS 57

Wednesday's boys boxscore from the Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School

DIMOND (66) -- Brandon Joseph 9 3-7 21, Kenard Waker 5 7-10 18, Todd Brady 4 1-2 10, Jason Simmons 4 0-0 8, Joe Chirhart 1 2-2 5, Chris Hodges 0 2-2 2, Ricky Schreckenghost 1 0-0 2, Chris Stoval 0 0-0 0, Chris Corbin 0 0-0 0, Chris Flakes 0 0-0 0, Chris Kuper 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 15-23 66.

KENTLAKE (57) -- Chris Jordan 7 1-3 17, Matt Cole 3 2-5 10, Jeff Thomas 3 0-2 6, Joe Woolman 2 2-2 6, Mark Young 2 1-1 6, Bryan Olson 2 2-2 6, Aaron McCabe 2 0-1 4, Kenny Jackson 1 0-2 2, David Swedelius 0 0-0 0, Jeff Rountree 0 0-2 0, Manny Martin 0 0-0 0, Kevin Hess 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 8-20 57.

DIMOND 19 12 16 19 -- 66

KENTLAKE 13 14 12 18 -- 57

3-point goals -- Dimond 3 (Chirhart 1, Brady 1, Walker 1), Kentlake 5 (Cole 2, Jordan 2, oung 1). Fouled out -- Dimond 0, Kentlake 1 (Thomas). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Dimond 18, Kentlake 17.



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