The Juneau-Douglas High School girl’s basketball team wasted little time in trapping the Sitka High School Wolves into a 56-40 loss in the first day of action during the Capital City Classic at JDHS gym.
JDHS senior Gabi Fenumiai scored the first eight points for the Crimson Bears as they opened an 18-1 first quarter advantage.
“We were full of energy,” JDHS junior Kymberlee Kelly said. “As a team we have gone far. We are not rebuilding, we only lost two players from last year, and we are connecting more. We have worked on all aspects of our game, especially our free throw shooting because that makes or breaks a game.”
The Crimson Bears did not shoot a free throw until late in the second quarter, and missed both. They did, however add another 14 points to take a 32-13 lead into the break.
Using the full court trapping press the JDHS girls surged into a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter, forcing 12 turnovers in the first half.
“We will be fine,” Sitka coach Rich Krupa said. “The girls played hard. Juneau just jumped on us.”
The Crimson Bears press caused another nine turnovers in the second half.
“We have been working on being aggressive on defense and our press,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “The kids did an amazing job and executed on it.”
That aggression opened a lead in the third quarter and Boster started to rotate through the roster to give tournament experience to the Crimson Bears. Sitka outscored the Crimson Bears 13-11 in the third period and 14-13 in the fourth.
“They kept their cool for the most part,” Boster said. “I need to get those younger kids in to see what the action is like at the varsity level. That first game was very aggressive and we are going to have to pick it up a notch when we play both ACS and East. Each will be different and it is going to be fun and it is going to be good for the girls to compete against that.”
Fenumiai led the Crimson Bears with a game high 16 points, Kaitlin Fagerstrom added eight and four rebounds, Marissa brakes scored seven and had eight steals and four assists, and Esra Siddeek scored six. Kayla Balovich led with a game high nine rebounds. Balovich, Rachelle Roldan and Ari Gross scored four each, Kelly three, Tori Fogg and T Jae Garcia two apiece.
Sid Riggs led the Wolves with 12 points, Kalene Koeling eight, Megan Reid seven, Hailey Denkinger and Kyla Young three apiece, Minh Iwamoto, Sophia Mudry, and Ellie Cagle two each and Kendal Phippen one.
JDHS hit just 1-6 at the charity stripe, Sitka was 13-23.
JDHS plays Anchorage Christian, a 62-47 winner over East, at 5 p.m. today. Sitka plays East at 1 p.m. Shooting contests are at 11 a.m. today.