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Kentlake flies away from West Valley in Classic

Dimond boys win easily over West Valley

Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2000

Capital City Classic

Tournament champions

Boys

2000, Juneau-Douglas

1999, Juneau-Douglas

1998, Juneau-Douglas

1997, Juneau-Douglas

1996, Juneau-Douglas

1995, Juneau-Douglas

1994, Juneau-Douglas

1993, Juneau-Douglas

1992, Bartlett

1991, Juneau-Douglas

Girls

2000, Gig Harbor (Wash.)

1999, Juneau-Douglas

1998, Edison (Fresno, Calif.)

1997, Juneau-Douglas

1996, Juneau-Douglas

1995, Juneau-Douglas

1994, Nampa (Idaho)

1993, Kodiak

1992, Mercer Island (Wash.)

1991, Juneau-Douglas

Senior Meghan Miller had 10 first-quarter points, Kentlake raced to a 30-point halftime lead and every Falcon scored Saturday in a 79-30 victory over the girls from West Valley.

With only one senior and two juniors on the roster, the Wolfpack's inexperience was evident as they let gave up 23 first-quarter points. The Wolfpack made only one field goal in the first eight minutes.

"We wanted to establish things early," said Kentlake coach Bob Sandall. "We came out strong today from the beginning."

Miller was scoreless in the second period but sophomore Kristin Pasley matched her with 10 points by halftime, when the Falcons led 43-13.

Kentlake kept up the pressure in the third quarter, hitting 10 field goals and building a 66-22 lead going into what proved to be a foul-plagued final period.

The Falcons had 15 chances from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes, connecting on seven charity shots. Junior Michelle Johnson took the brunt of the abuse, taking nine shots from the line and converting on five. With Miller and Pasley resting during the second half, Johnson's 11 points topped all Falcons in scoring.

Kentlake finished the tournament with a 1-2 record, while West Valley was unable to find a win.

"This was a great experience seeing a part of the country most of us hadn't been to," said coach Sandall, reflecting on the tournament. "We were treated with hospitality."

Dimond boys 109, West Valley 39

The Dimond High School boys can go home happy.

The Lynx hit triple-digits in their final game of the tournament against West Valley, defeating the Wolfpack 109-39. All 12 Lynx contributed points.

The Wolfpack knew there would be problems by the time their opponents had built up a 16-0 lead only two and a half minutes into the game. Lynx senior Kenard Waker, only 5-foot-8 but with the jumps of the tallest players on the court, had nine first-quarter points, while junior Todd Brady had eight. Junior Joe Chirhart hit four first-half three-pointers, finishing with 23 points to lead the Lynx. Seven players contributed points in the first eight minutes to rack up an incredible 35 points, while the Wolfpack could manage only seven.

West Valley's offense was even more dismal in the second quarter, and they finished the half down 57-13.

The second half proceeded much the same as the first, except now it was the Dimond bench that was seeing action. Junior Chris Corbin, with no first half points, racked up 18 in the second.

"We played with heart and wanted to come out and win and have fun doing it," said Corbin.

It's hard not to have fun when you've finished the third quarter with 78 points and show no signs of letting down the pressure.

With three minutes still left on the clock, Dimond hit the 100-point mark on a basket by senior Chris Kuper. Kuper, standing 6-foot-4 and with the build of a NFL nose tackle, finished the game with six points.

The Lynx never slowed down while the Wolfpack could never seem to speed up, and Dimond added 31 points in the fourth quarter.

Dimond finished the tournament at 2-1, their only loss coming to Juneau. West Valley went home winless.

"We did some good things in this tournament," said Dimond coach Jeff Jones. "Juneau showed us what we need to improve on and we're going to work on those things."

Friday's games

Gig Harbor girls 68, West Valley 21

As a coach, you know it's a good day when: Your team goes on a 7-0 run to start the first quarter; six of your players make baskets in the first six minutes; your center has more first-quarter points than the opposing team's first-half total, and your girls completely dominate the other team in all areas of the game.

For coach Bob Boback and his Gig Harbor (Wash.) Tides, Friday was a very good day.

The Tides had no problems in defeating the West Valley Wolfpack of Fairbanks, 68-21, on Friday in the Capital City Classic basketball tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School. The Tides had stopped Kentlake, another Washington state team, 62-57 on Wednesday.

With only two points on the board after two minutes of play, Friday's game had a competitive feel. But Gig Harbor found its comfort zone, pouring in 23 points in the next six minutes en route to a 25-5 lead after one quarter.

The Tides shut down the Wolfpack offense, allowing point totals of five, four, six and six in successive quarters. Gig Harbor led 43-9 at the half.

After West Valley opened the third-quarter scoring, Tides senior center Stephanie Dressel hit a two-pointer and then nailed a three before joining her starting teammates on the bench. Dressel finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Tides' Kristi Lynn nailed two three-pointers in a row in the fourth, and finished with 13 points. Six-foot senior Kaeley Triller went on an eight-point run for the Tides going into the final quarter, finishing the game with 10 points.

The Wolfpack was led by Shauntae Walker with seven points.

Kentlake boys 82, West Valley 34

Tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter, it looked like the Kentlake Falcons and the West Valley Wolfpack might battle to the final buzzer in the boys game on Friday.

Not quite.

The Wolfpack managed only six second-quarter points while the Falcons from Washington went on a 12-0 run and finished the half with a 33-17 lead. Plagued by 20 turnovers in the game, the Wolfpack never regained the confidence shown in the first quarter.

Kentlake piled up 49 second-half points and coasted to a 82-34 victory.

Falcon junior Chris Jordan's field goal halfway through the third quarter doubled the lead over the Wolfpack, 42-21. For the game, Jordan scored 13 points and was strong on the boards, pulling down eight rebounds.

Seven Falcons contributed points in the third quarter; all 11 had scored by the time the game ended. The Falcons never slowed down, finishing with 28 fourth-quarter points against six by the Wolfpack.

Wolfpack fouls sent Falcons to the line for 38 free throws. Kentlake converted on 24. Senior Aaron McCabe was 6-for-6 from the line in the final eight minutes, while the team made 14 of 18.

Falcons Kenny Jackson, Matt Cole, Mark Young and Chris Jordan all finished the game in double digits. Cole led the team with 15 points.

West Valley's Justin Ferringer led the Wolfpack with six points and seven rebounds.

"We didn't play well against Dimond (a 66-57 loss on Wednesday) even though we're used to playing schools of that type of competition," said Kentlake coach Chris Carr. "Our defense and pressure were better tonight."



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