Colony High School senior Mary Klapperich signed a national letter of intent to play division one basketball at Southern Utah University earlier this season.
On Friday night the Juneau-Douglas High School girl’s basketball team got a taste of D-I play as Klapperich, stymied on defense by Crimson Bears junior Kymberlee Kelly and relegated to the bench with her second foul in the second period, stormed back in the second half to finish with eight points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and no fouls to lead the Knights to a 51-37 win.
“Everything that we knew about Colony they brought to the gym,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “We did not do some things and we did some things that we have control over. I do believe that we can beat Colony. Klapperich is just a huge playmaker. If one part of her game is shut down there will be another part that is killing you.”
Faith Farris came up big for the Knights, tallying six of her game-high 16 points in the first period, four more in the second, and two deep threes in the fourth quarter.
JDHS senior Marissa Brakes hit a deep three just before the first quarter ended to make the score 10-4 and give the Crimson Bears a bit of momentum.
In the second period senior Gabi Fenumiai hit six of her eight game points to help JDHS stay within two points at the break, 18-16.
The Crimson Bears continued to play at the same pace of the Knights and trailed by four, 30-26, entering the fourth quarter.
Brakes tallied six of her team-high 13 points in the final stanza, stealing a pass and scoring, attacking the rim for a free throw, and hitting from beyond the arch.
Junior Kaitlin Fagerstrom and senior Amberli Fitka also found the net once but Colony found more energy on the floor.
Izzy Tweed and Farris rained in three’s and Jennifer Solano hit four buckets inside to move the Knights into the win.
Comparatively, the Knights hit 12 two-point field goals to JDHS’ 10 and four three-pointers to JDHS’ three.
At the charity stripe, however, JDHS went 8-21 and Colony was 15-18.
Fagerstrom added eight points for JDHS, Kelly four, Emily Winters and Fitka two each. For the Knights, Klapperich finished with 10 points, Solano 14, Tweed six, Ashley Turcotte three, and Audrey Michaelson two.
On Saturday the Crimson Bears and Knights combined for just 21 first half points as Colony took a low scoring 39-33 win.
Fenumiai tallied 10 of her team-high 12 points in the third quarter for JDHS and Klapperich 10 of her game-high 15 to end the scoring draughts.
JDHS could make up little ground as the Knights stayed patient with the ball and hit 10-16 from the charity stripe (including 5-8 in the fourth quarter), while the Crimson Bears were 9-16 and 4-4 in the final stanza.
Kelly added seven points for JDHS, Winters five, Roldan three, Brakes, Fitka and Gross two each. Tweed and Michaelson added 11 points each for Colony, and Farris two.
JDHS (7-8 overall, 3-1 southeast) plays at the Dimond Tournament Feb. 6-9.