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By David Pan 

All-around game powers Kamiak over Jackson | Girls basketball


January 20, 2016

Kamiak put together its most complete game of the season.

Three players scored in double figures and the defense kept Jackson in check as the Knights rolled to a 55-42 victory in a Wesco 4A girls basketball game Jan. 13 at Jackson High School.

Aliea Marrero and Sarah Payne each scored 13 points and Kate Huguenin added 10 points for the Knights.

Kamiak coach Brian Norman and junior point guard Marrero both agreed that ball movement was instrumental in Kamiak’s victory.

“The big key with us is sharing the ball and passing it even when we had the shot,” Marrero said. “We made the extra pass.”

Norman added that “it was really great team basketball tonight. … I’d say it was our most complete game of the year, for sure, with regards to all aspects of the games.”

Despite taking a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Knights struggled early on with turnovers, according to Norman.

“We turned it over quite a bit in the first quarter, but the last three quarters we protected the ball,” he said. “We valued each possession. Of course, we hit our shots. When you hit shots, it’s a beautiful thing.”

Kamiak led 27-23 at halftime and extended its advantage to 39-31 at the end of the third quarter. The Knights finished strong, outscoring the Wolfpack 16-11 in the final period.

Jackson’s Imari Clinton scored 14 points and Drew Locknane added 10. Kamiak wanted to thwart the Wolfpack’s 3-point shooters.

“They’re a great 3-point shooting team,” Norman said. “We did a pretty good job getting up on their shooters.”

Jackson coach Duane Morris agreed.

“They were fairly successful at it,” he said. “I think they forced us out deeper than we wanted to be on our threes. But we didn’t’ finish opportunities that we had, which would have at least made it a close game at the end.”

The Knights focused much of their attention on Jackson’s top shooters.

“We really put our best defenders on them,” Marrero said.

Jackson cut the deficit to 46-38 with about three minutes left in the game, but Payne responded with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 11 points and the Timberwolves didn’t get any closer the rest of the game.

“We didn’t rebound like we need to and they executed their game plan tremendously well,” Morris said. “Their kids finished their shots and we didn’t match them.

“It was one of those games where you definitely feel the other team earned a win.”

The Knights finished the week with a 68-25 win over Cascade on Jan. 15 at Kamiak High School. Payne scored 14 points, while Sami Wendt and Alex Gallaher each added 11. Erin Dahl had 10 points.


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