Estacada rolls over future league foe Corbett 78-46

by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Estacadas Alec Barstad drives to the basket during Mondays 78-46 win over Corbett. Estacada junior Josh Shannon has been hampered by injuries for most of his high-school career. During his sophomore year, it was a knee injury that sidelined him. Shannon couldn’t run, cut or jump. All he could do while his teammates ran drills was shoot the ball over and over. On Monday night, those hours of isolation in the gym paid major dividends.

In just his second full game of the season, Shannon torched Corbett for six 3-pointers to lead the Rangers to a 78-46 win.

“He played very well tonight. Hopefully he can continue to shoot that well,” Estacada coach Kevin Kirchhofer said. “If we can continue to execute our offense, we will be able to get him a lot more of those looks.”

In each of the first three quarters, Shannon hit from downtown on Estacada’s first possession. The 3-pointer he drained to begin the second quarter opened a 17-2 scoring run that turned a 14-8 Ranger lead into a 31-12 blowout. The game was never close again.

After halftime, Corbett had to do something to try to change its luck. The Cardinals employed a trap defense two minutes into the third quarter that led to a pair of Estacada turnovers. Corbett junior Zander Annus cashed in the turnovers with two straight 3-pointers which got the Cardinals back to within 10 points. The press defense fell apart after that and the Rangers rattled off nine straight points to drain Corbett’s small reserve of confidence.

Estacada’s lead hovered right around 20 points for the last few minutes of the third period and up until the mid-way point of the fourth quarter. Shannon then dropped three 3’s in less than three minutes to turn the route into a full-blown walloping.

Shannon ended the night with a game-high 21 points. Kris Kelly was an offensive-rebounding machine in the paint, and he used several of those boards to fuel an 18-point game.

Estacada snapped a five-game losing skid and improved to 3-6 with the drubbing of Corbett.

“I’m happy we won, but it really wasn’t a pretty win for us. We still have a lot of things we need to work on,” Kirchhofer said. “We turn the ball over too much. We foul and put teams in the bonus too early. Those are things we are going to hit hard in practice tomorrow.”

Corbett was led Hunter Raglione who tallied 14 points, nine points coming from the free-throw line. Annus scored 11 points in the second half and finished with 13.

The Cardinals fell to 5-5 on the season.

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