Wolfpack cagers bite JD girls at Crimson Bears' den

The turnover bug bit the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girl’s basketball team at home on Wednesday night as visiting West Valley rolled to a 55-29 win.

The Wolfpack, from Fairbanks, had their hands full in the first half as senior Sierra Tagaban scored just seconds into the game.

Junior Esra Siddeek notched three straight baskets as West Valley turned the ball over four times themselves.

The Wolfpack got the last shot for the period as sophomore Sara Hajdukovich nailed a jumper to take a 9-8 lead.

Both teams began the second period with turnovers before Marina Washburn put up a shot inside for West Valley.

JDHS’ Nicole George hit inside to make it 11-10 but the Wolfpack crashed the boards throughout the period.

Seemingly every other possession was a turnover for the Crimson Bears but their own pressure defense allowed them to stay within 10 points at the half, 24-14.

West Valley senior Jill Phillips gave the Wolfpack a big third quarter, scoring eight points.

JDHS’ Ari Gross went to the free throw line four straight trips down the floor, scoring three times, to keep the Crimson Bears offense flowing but they trailed after three quarters 39-23.

The Crimson Bears utilized a heavy bench presence to full court press. Marissa Brakes, Amberli Fitka, Tori Fogg, and Kaitlin Fagerstrom tried to up the tempo but West Valley junior Caitlyn Brice found a path to the basket.

Phillips hit the basket even better in the final period as the Wolfpack went on a 14-2 run. Their lead expanded to 51-25 with three minutes remaining in the game as Phillips and Brice connected on multiple scores.

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