ANCHORAGE — The Juneau-Douglas girls’ basketball team wasted little time eliminating the doubt over a return to the Class 4A state title game.
The Bears steamrolled Colony with an 18-2 run to open the game, earning trip to the finals with a 47-34 win in the semis of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Basketball State Championships Friday at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.
JDHS held the Knights without a field goal through the first 10 minutes, building a 16-point lead and never looking back.
“We knew it wasn’t over until the end,” JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. “I’ve seen that team come back before, so we had to finish strong.”
The Knights, who trailed by as many as 21 in the second half, cut the lead to 41-31 inside the final three minutes when Mary Klapperich hit a pair of 3-pointers.
That was as close as Colony would get.
Nani Ostrom and Taylor Larson paced a balanced scoring attack for the Bears with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Sarah Tarver added seven.
Colony, which received a team-high 13 from Klapperich, didn’t convert its first field goal until the six-minute mark of the second quarter.
By then, the lead was well into double-digits.
“We just wanted to pressure them and get them to turn the ball over,” Ostrom said. “It was a good start.”
Colony shot just 21 percent from the field, while JDHS shot 48 percent. The Bears also made 50 percent of their 3-pointers, going 3 of 6.
It was the second lopsided win in as many days for the Bears, who beat South Anchorage 60-22 to open the tournament on Thursday.