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Kodiak blows by Skyview
by DEREK CLARKSTON
Feb 14, 2011 | 75 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kodiak’s Sarah Ng (32) and Puni Timu watch the basketball go out of bounds while Skyview’s Caity Marang reaches around Timu during a girls high school basketball game Saturday at the Kodiak High School gym. 	(Derek Clarkston photos)
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Six seconds.

That’s all the time it took for Kodiak’s Puni Timu to convert the opening tip into a layin in Friday evening’s game against Skyview.

The scoring spree was on after that.

The Bears scorched the nets for 26 first quarter points and never let up in a 65-17 Northern Lights Conference girls basketball victory on Senior Night at the Kodiak High School gym.

“They were just excited to play, really excited,” Kodiak coach Brett Larsen said. “It was just the same old stuff downstairs, but something clicked with them today. We have been shooting the ball pretty good, but that was the hottest we have every started.”

Timu scored 12 of her 14 points in the opening eight minutes as Kodiak jumped out to a 26-6 lead.

“She plays hard and gets out in front,” Larsen said. “She attacks the basket and is starting to play really good.”

Senior Joanna Garcia also netted 14 points.

Kodiak scored the first 12 points of the game and hit 13 of its 22 shots in the first quarter. Skyview only made eight field goals the entire game as Kodiak held the Panthers to single-digit points each quarter.

The Bears lead 42-9 at halftime and 55-11 to begin the fourth quarter. Kodiak forced Skyview into 28 turnovers for the game as the Bears improved to 3-3 in the NLC.

“That is what we have been building to the last couple of games,” Larsen said. “The teams have been better that we have played but we still have been playing that good. Hopefully we can keep going. If we can keep going we are in good shape.”

The 65 points scored is the most by a Kodiak girls team since a 75-30 victory over Point Hope during the 2002-2003 season. The 48 points is the largest margin of victory since defeating Tri-Valley by 49 points during the 2000-2001 season.

Nine of the 10 Kodiak players who played reached the scoring book, while all four seniors — Garcia, Joyce Juble, Megan Grupp and Charzina Arbues — scored on a night that was a tribute for them.

With 2:40 left in the contest, Larsen inserted Garcia, Juble and Grupp back on the floor to finish the game alongside Arbues, who played the entire fourth quarter.

“I just wanted to let them finish the game together and walk off the court together,” Larsen said.

Saturday

Kodiak held Skyview to two fields goals the entire game as the Bears rolled to a 55-8 nonconference victory on Saturday.

Garcia scored a team-high 10 points — her sixth-straight game reaching double figures.

The Bears led 24-2 after the first quarter and 36-6 at halftime.

Kodiak held the Panthers to only two points in the second half and no points in the final eight minutes of the game.

On Friday, Kodiak (9-6) travels to Soldotna and then plays Kenai on Saturday. Both are NLC games.

Friday

BEARS 65, PANTHERS 17

Skyview 6 3 2 6 — 17

Kodiak 26 16 13 10 — 65

Skyview (17) — Halverson 1, Hauptman, Marang, Mercier 4, Self, Malatesta 10, Bak 2. FG — 8-30 (.266). FT — 1-7.

Kodiak (65) — Garcia 14, Arbues 6, Timu 14, Grupp 7, Juble 2, Ng 2, Cannon 10, Wandersee 8, Lampl, Taan 2. FG — 22-56 (.392). FT — 6-10.

Junior varsity — Kodiak 52, Skyview 14. Abby Gray 11 points for Kodiak.

Saturday

BEARS 55, PANTHERS 8

Skyview 2 4 2 0 — 8

Kodiak 24 12 7 12 — 55

Skyview (8) — Halverson 2, Hauptman, Marang, Mercier, Self, Malatesta 2, Bak. FG — 2-25 (.080). FT — 4-11.

Kodiak (55) — Garcia 10, Arbues 6, Timu 4, Grupp 8, Juble 6, Ng, Cannon 4, Wandersee 6, Lampl 4, Taan 7, Aquino, Pyles. FG — 24-56 (.428). FT — 6-12.

Junior varsity — Kodiak 48, Skyview 16. Kaia Yatsik 14 points for Kodiak.
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