The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girl’s basketball team was the unwelcome houseguests in the opening round of the 2012 Lad Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School in Anchorage on Wednesday.
Scheduled to play Kotzebue, who withdrew from the tourney due to injuries, the Crimson Bears instead beat the Dimond High School JV team 51-26. on Wednesday.
“It was a good win, but it was kind of sloppy,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “We just didn’t take care of the ball.”
The Crimson Bears had 14 turnovers in the first half and finished with 24 for the game.
Gabi Fenumiai put in a complete game of statistics in just half the normal time as foul trouble continues to plague the 6-foot junior center. Fenumiai scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, yet sat out the second period and long stretches of the final two quarters.
“It was good for the girls to realize that they can still play without her,” Boster said. “Gabi was chosen player of the game however.”
The Crimson Bears began the season without Fenumiai in the line up due to injury so they already know they can play when she is out.
And play they did.
Sophomore’s Ari Gross and Kayla Balovich and senior Nicole George continued their strong inside play. Gross collected eight rebounds and Balovich boarded seven and scored nine points, and George ripped five rebounds. They also had three steals apiece. Esra Siddeek scored 11 points, Marissa Brakes five, T Jae Garcia four, Kymberlee Kelly and Nicole George three apiece, and Gross one. Brakes also led with five assists and Kelly pulled down an additional five rebounds to help bear the foul trouble of Fenumiai.
“It was a real team effort,” Boster said. “Everybody got in the game and had quality minutes when in there. I think it boasted their self-confidence. I was really impressed with our sophomores tonight, they stepped up.”
The Crimson Bears shot 11-23 from the charity stripe, 20-54 from the field, and 0-3 from beyond the arch. Dimond JV was 7-16 at the line, 9-45 from the floor, and 1-5 from three-point-land.
“Free-throws continue to frustrate us,” Boster commented. “We are shooting extra in practice so hopefully down the road it starts to pay off.”
JDHS plays Colony, a 50-39 winner over East, at 6:15 p.m. today. The Knights got 10 points from Saige Stefanski, nine from Izzy Tweed, and eight each from Mary Klapperich, Faith Farris, and Jerica Nelson. East was led by Taria Page with 14 points and Tina Dunbar with 12.
The Crimson Bears split with Colony in Juneau in early January, losing 46-42 and winning 37-31.
“I think it will be interesting to see how we play now with Gabi in the lineup,” Boster said. “If she can stay out of foul trouble. Colony is definitely beatable.”
Colony’s Klapperich is a tall post that can handle the ball, and will play both inside and outside offensive schemes. The Crimson Bears can also go small and quick with Sierra Tagabon, Garcia, Tori Fogg coming off the bench.
In other Lady Lynx Shootout action the Wasilla Lady Warriors drubbed southeast’s Craig Lady Panthers 71-37, the Ketchikan Lady Kings bested West Anchorage 49-41, West Valley beat South 64-22, and North Pole nipped Kenai 31-24.
Wasilla was led by Alysha Devine’s 15 points, Alexis Imoe scored 13 and Kyla Dinkel 12. Craig’s Melissa Castle, bound for the University of Alaska Fairbanks next season, scored a game-high 16, Maggie Dinon, Kimber Mikulecky, and Raven Krolikowski had four each, Jeneata Johnson three, Katie Dinon, Kayla Hamme, and Marie Yates two each.
Ketchikan was led by Shiree Seless’ 16 points, Jayley Taylor added 12, Mikayla Brown-Harrison seven, Hannah Carson five, Melissa Elliot four, Cassidy Patton three, and Bayley Lindgren two. West’s Chamira Cockerham scored 12 points for the Lady Eagles.
West Valley’s Hannah Matson had a game-high 22 points, with Caitlyn Brice and Jill Phillips adding 12 apiece. South got eight points from Jasmine Ashby.
North Pole was led by Josie Broderick’s 15 points while Kenai got ten points from Sydney Taylor.