The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team split with conference rival Ketchikan on the road this weekend, losing 54-47 on Friday and putting up some scoring in a 77-72 overtime win on Saturday.
The return of Gabi Fenumiai paid big dividends both nights as she tallied 16 points Friday and put up 28 more on Saturday.
“She was incredible,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “On Saturday the whole team just stepped up. Playing on the road in Ketchikan is always a challenge. It has to be the most difficult place to play. Their fans get loud. We played loud.”
On Friday the Crimson Bears trailed by just 8-7 after one period and 27-20 at the half.
Esra Siddeek hit eight of her team-high 16 points in the third period to keep JDHS in the game as they trailed 34-28 starting the final stanza.
Free throw woes plagued the Crimson Bears as they hit just 6-14 in the fourth period and 8-18 in the game. Ketchikan went 14-21 in the fourth period and 23-40 in the game.
Ari Gross added six points, Kaitlin Fagerstrom and Nicole George three apiece, Kymberlee Kelly two and T-Jae Garcia one.
Jayley Taylor led the Lady Kings with 17 points, Melissa Elliott 13, Hannah Carson seven, Bayley Lindgren, and Mikayla Brown Harrington six apiece, Shiree Sells and Inga Christensen two, and Janessa Albertson one.
On Saturday Fenumiai was nearly unstoppable from the second period through one overtime.
The Crimson Bears and Lady Kings put up a miserly 5-4 tally on the score clock after one quarter of play. JDHS trailed at the half 23-13.
Siddeek scored 10 of her 18 game points in the third period and Fenumiai 13 of her team-high 28 in the fourth to keep the Crimson Bears in a thriller on the road.
“I am very pleased with how we came back,” Boster said. “I would have been very pleased even if we would have lost. They played that well.”
Tied at 52 after four periods both teams put up an additional 20 points in an overtime shootout. Fenumiai scored nine points in the extra stanza and Siddeek five. Fenumiai played most of the game with three fouls before being officially sent to the bench in the extra stanza. The Crimson Bears hit 12-17 free throws in the extra period as well, and went 33-42 at the charity stripe in the game. Ketchikan hit 19-33 at the line.
Marissa Brakes added 11 points for the Crimson Bears, Kayla Balovich 10 (including a perfect 4-4 from the line in overtime), Kymberlee Kelly and Gross four, and Sierra Tagaban two.
Taylor again led the Lady Kings with 30 points, Carson 13, Lindgren eight, Elliott seven, Sells four, Brown Harrison two, and Patton one.
“We were very impatient the first night,” Boster said. “We finished that game better than we started and that carried over into Saturday. We put a whole four quarters together for the first time this season. And to do that in Ketchikan is big.”
The Kayhi JV won on Friday 34-23 (Balovich led with 9, Roldan 8, Kelly 4, Garcia 2) and 37-31 Saturday (Roldan 10, Garcia, Kelly 6, Balovich 5, Fogg 2, Scaife, Heiderdorf 1).
The Kayhi C team won 30-21 on Friday (Vandor and Pintang 4, Rivera 3, Yadao, Schauweeker, t. Kelly, Heyl 2, Pilcher 1) and 51-16 Saturday (Heiderdorf, Pintang 4, Sheakley, Kelly 3, Pilcher 2).
The Crimson Bears, now with a 7-6 record, travel to play at the Dimond Invitational in Anchorage on Wednesday – Saturday.