Cougars' fast start finishes Lancers, 62-50

Led by Alex Williams' 14 first-half points, Capital erects 11-point halftime edge

December 30, 2009 

LACEY - The last time Capital and Kennedy met, the Cougars ended the Lancers' season convincingly - although it's hard to imagine the Cougars looking any better than they did Tuesday night.

Capital put together an outstanding first half at the 2009 South Sound Classic and rode that early success to another convincing win over Kennedy, 62-50 inside Marcus Pavilion at St. Martin’s College.

The Cougars (7-1) will take on River Ridge – a 71-37 winner over Burnaby South, B.C. – in the boys championship game today at Marcus Pavilion at 7:45 p.m.

Capital was virtually unstoppable through the first two quarters Tuesday, shooting 65 percent (13-for-20) from the floor on the way to an 11-point halftime advantage.

“I thought we moved the ball real well in that first half against their zone and I was real happy to see that,” said Capital coach Doug Galloway, who hadn’t seen his team in action for 11 days. “We weren’t really sure what we’d get, but we played well.”

Almost every Capital player could share in some of the first-half success, but it was Alex Williams who really dominated the stat sheet. The 6-foot-7 senior post scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the first two quarters, converting seven of his eight attempts from the floor. Williams added 11 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive end.

While Williams did his damage inside, Shawn Erwin hurt the Lancers (4-4) from just about everywhere. The senior scored 11 of his 18 points before halftime, picking up the scoring slack for Colin Bossio, who was playing despite tearing a ligament in his finger Monday. Bossio, who went 0-for-6 from the field, did manage to hand out eight assists to go along with eight rebounds.

“They’re very disciplined in their offense,” said Kennedy coach Don Hoffman, who saw his club lose to Capital in a loser-out, winner-to-state contest at district last season. “They don’t make mistakes. Some of their young kids make mistakes because of their experience level, but they’re a solid team.”

Kennedy was able to remain close to Capital thanks to eight 3-pointers, but the Lancers never got closer than nine points in the second half – that coming on Joe Ryan-Mekkhavong’s 3-pointer with 6:39 to play. Erwin, who didn’t start, answered with a three-point play, and the Cougars’ lead was never seriously threatened again.

Deshea Bell and Mitch Penner led the Lancers with 19 and 16 points, respectively, but Kennedy’s 19 of 65 shooting from the floor was a killer, especially considering Capital’s 23-of-44 effort.

“We kept the ball moving and we were all looking for the open man and trying to find the hot hand,” Erwin said.

River Ridge 71, Burnaby South Secondary 37: The Hawks gave up a season-low four points in the third quarter and a season-low in total points in their win over Burnaby South of Vancouver, B.C.

With a 33-21 lead at halftime, River Ridge outscored Burnaby South 16-4 to take a commanding 49-25 cushion into the final quarter.

Posts lead way for Black Hills

Points in the paint are nothing new for the Black Hills girls basketball team, and the Wolves certainly stuck to the script Tuesday.

Seniors Chelsea Haskey and Kenzie Hennie were virtually unstoppable as the pair led the Wolves to a lopsided 65-39 win over Enumclaw at the 2009 South Sound Classic at St. Martin’s College’s Marcus Pavilion.

Haskey put up a game-best 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while Hennie caught fire in the second half, scoring all 13 of her points during the third and fourth quarters.

“She shoots a very high percentage,” Wolves coach Robin Johnson said of Haskey. “Most of the shots she puts up go in. She has a great eye for the basket. She worked very hard to get open and got a lot of putbacks.”

Guard Shanae Sauls added 13 points to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds.

Black Hills (3-3) held Enumclaw (1-6) to just 13 first-half points and forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter. In a game that was never really in doubt, Hennie made absolutely sure of that when she scored 11 points in the third quarter.

Hayley Kohler and Perla Saborio scored 13 points each for Enumclaw, but the Hornets struggled from the floor, shooting 26 percent (15 of 57).

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