The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girls basketball team set a historic first in their season as they beat the Colony Knights 60-54 in the second day of the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School in Anchorage on Thursday: just seven turnovers in the first half.
“That is just outstanding for us,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “Most teams want to average 12 a game. We have been averaging 24 turnovers a game. So tonight was nice.”
The Crimson Bears finished with 16 turnovers on the night and Player-Of-The-Game Marissa Brakes had seven assists and four rebounds to go with her 15 points, 13 of which came from the free-throw line where she only missed three times.
Esra Siddeek led JDHS with 22 points and also went 11-12 at the free-throw line. Once again foul trouble stifled the return of Gabi Fenumiai but the powerful center scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in just nine minutes of total playing time. Fenumiai was a perfect 4-4 from and field and 2-2 from the line.
Kayla Balovich added eight points and four rebounds and was 2-3 from the field and 4-6 from the line in a much needed reserve role. Nicole George two points and three rebounds, Sierra Tagaban Amberli Fitka and Ari Gross one each. Gross also pulled down five rebounds. The defense of Tagaban and Siddeek on Colony’s Mary Klapperich was key for the Crimson Bears. The Knights got 12 points from Faith Farris, 11 from Klapperich and 10 from Izzy Tweed. JDHS hit 33-43 from the charity stripe, Colony was 13-24.
“We shot seventy-six percent,” Boster said. “We only missed on in the second half, that is definitely the reason we won the game. We did what we needed to do to win. I am very pleased with how the kids played. We have improved tremendously from day one. I couldn’t ask for more at this point and time in the season.”
The Crimson Bears split with Colony in Juneau early in the season, losing 46-42 and winning 37-31.
JDHS will play Dimond tonight. The Lady Lynx beat North Pole 58-46. Dimond was led by Aminata Cole’s 13 points. The Lady Patriots got 13 from Erica Croxen.
In other Prep Shootout action: Wasilla ran past Ketchikan 73-33. The Warriors got 29 points from Alyssa Hutchins. Jayley Taylor had 10 points for Kayhi. West Valley beat Chugiak 56-23 behind 10 points from Hannah Mattson. Jessica Tramp led the Mustangs with nine points. West nipped southeast 3A power Craig 56-52. The Lady Eagles got 21 points from Anastasia LaaVern-Tosi and the Lady Panthers Melissa Castle continued to rock the competition with 23 points. Nome topped Kenai 48-46 behind Devynn Johnson’s 17 points. Bailey Beeson’s 17 points led the Lady Kardinals. East trounced the Dimond JV 60-29 behind Taria Page’s 22 points, while DJV were led by Kaylynn Haywood’s 10. Lathrop tromped South 62-37 behind 17 from Brooke Lizotte. South’s Sierra Main and Jasmine Ashby had 10 each.
The Crimson Bears’ boys basketball team ran into a tall and talented Wasilla Warriors team on Thursday and were beaten 64-44.
“It wasn’t a 20-point game,” JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. “We trailed by eight going into the fourth quarter. We will make some adjustments and come back tomorrow. That is the beauty of playing an opponent twice in a row.”
Wasilla got a triple-double from Connor Devine. Devine scored 19 points, 19 rebounds and 11 blocks. Lance Ibesate led JDHS with 16 points, Tony Yadao had nine, Phillip Fenumiai six, Jackson Lehnhart three, Ryan Kelly, Evan Gross, Jeffrey Pusich, Alec Calloway, and Austin Shoemaker two each. JDHS hit 9-13 from the line, Wasilla went 8-13.