Crimson Bears double up on North Pole at Kodiak

Girls win 42-33, boys win 67-56

Gabi Fenumiai scored 23 points inside the key for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team and Keith Ainsworth tallied 29 from just about every where on the court for the JDHS boys as the Crimson Bears swept North Pole during day two of the 46th Annual Joe Floyd/ERA Aviation Winter Classic Basketball Tournament at Kodiak on Friday.


"We were patient on offense," JDHS girl's coach Dee Boster said. "We just kept pounding the ball down inside to Gabi and they pretty much didn't have anybody to stop her."

Fenumiai scored 11 of the Crimson Bears' 15 first quarter points to establish a physical dominance against the Patriots in a 42-33 win. Fenumiai outscored North Pole's 10 points in the stanza.

Kymberlee Kelly added four of her six game points to match Fenumiai's second period scoring and JDHS led 27-21 at the break.

Both teams struggled to find any offense in the third period with Fenumiai scoring all three for JD and North Pole getting a lone three pointer from E. Croxen and two free throws from J. Broderick to end the period 30-26 JD.

Esra Siddeek tallied all her five game points in the final period, Fenumiai added five more and Marissa Brakes hit her lone two free throws to account for the 12 fourth quarter points by the Crimson Bears.

"We looked much more comfortable on the court," Boster said. "I am very pleased with our whole team effort."

Kayla Balovich added four points for JDHS, Kaitlin Fagerstrom and Ari Gross one apiece. The Crimson Bears hit 12-18 at the charity stripe, the Patriots went 6-10. North Pole's Croxen led with 12 points, Smothers 11, Broderick eight and Stewart two.

"The only downside was we just scored three points in the third quarter," Boster said. "But they only scored five."

On the boy's side, Ainsworth put on a highlight show to lead the Crimson Bears past the North Pole Patriots 67-56.

Ainsworth went 6-6 from the charity stripe in the first quarter, threw down two break-a-way dunks in the second, notched a couple normal deuces in the third, and found the long ball in the final period.

"None of that by itself stands out other than what it totals up to," JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. "It was typical good solid consistent play from Keith and it came out of the offense. He put in some work to get there."

North Pole played a 1-3-1 zone defense through the entire game.

"They were very aggressive out front with their guards," Casperson said. "They have some strong kids and we weren't ready to counter that until later in the game."

Leading 15-13 starting the second period the Crimson Bears found themselves at the free throw line for seven of their 11 second quarter points and went into the half leading 26-24.

Jeff Pusich established inside position in the third period, and Adam Empson and Jackson Lehnhart got into the flow on the outside to keep JDHS up 40-36 starting the final quarter.

Ainsworth collected 15 of his game high 29 in the final eight minutes of play and Aquino Brinson six more, including four key free throws in the final possessions.

Pusich finished with 11 points, Brinson eight, Lehnhart and Empson seven, Gary Speck and Dar Campos two apiece and Nathan Klein one. JDHS hit 25-36 at the free throw line, North Pole was 14-27. JD committed 20 fouls to NP's 27. J. Million and K. Steward led the Patriots with 12 points each, Gibson added eight, Tamse seven, Tucker five, Reich and Campbell three, Hill, McCoy and Betts two.

"A win certainly feels better than the alternative," JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. "But we were still way to loose and sloppy with the ball. We can't accept in victory what we can't accept in defeat. We had a few more turnovers and more fouls than we would like."

The JDHS girls play Kotzebue at 12:30 today and the boys play Kodiak at 6 p.m.


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