The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears girl’s basketball team will honor their senior members during a ceremony after tonight’s game against the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves.
The girl’s game begins at 5:15 followed by the JDHS boys against the MHS Braves at 7 p.m.
Senior appreciation will begin at roughly 6:30 p.m. after the girl’s game.
“This team is actually very similar to last year,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “It will be sad to see them go. I have coached them three out of the last four years and early in their Hoop Time careers.”
Fans are advised to be at the gym by 5 p.m. to watch the girls take on a tough Mt. Edgecumbe squad that has beaten Thunder Mountain and Sitka and is ranked 10th in the latest coaches poll for 3A girl’s teams in the state.
“We are still looking to find our place but at the same time we are finding our confidence and are finding out what we can do,” Boster said. “We are not a young team but we are semi-inexperienced at playing at the varsity level. It has been exciting to see us start to really gel in the last few weeks and I think we have a strong shot to get to state again and make some noise there.”
Following are the JDHS senior girls bios as prepared by coach Boster.
Marissa Brakes (No. 21)
A 4-year JDHS player. Started out as a swing player between C/JV during her freshman year. Moved up to swing between JV/Varsity her sophomore year. Varsity starter her junior and senior year. Leader on the court; job is to ensure offense is run; spark plug on defense; all conference selection; state tournament team selection last year.
Esra Siddeek (34)
A 4-year JDHS player. Varsity all 4 years; but played in JV games freshman and sophomore year. Starter her Junior and Senior Year. Proficient shooter; averaged 13 points last season; all conference selection; state tournament team selection last year; 2nd team all state last year.
Gabi Fenumiai (33)
A 3-year JDHS player. Did not play her freshman year. Sophomore year swing player between JV and Varsity. Varsity starter junior and senior year. Averaged 13 points/7 rebounds last year. All conference selection and 3rd team all state last year.
Amberli Fitka (30)
A 4-year JDHS player. Freshman year; C team; sophomore year; swing between C & JV; junior year swing between JV and Varisty. Senior year varsity. Comes off the bench to provide a spark on defense and has given us a handful of 3 pointers at opportune times.
T Jae Garcia (5)
A 4-year JDHS player. Freshman year; C team; sophomore year; swing between C & JV; junior year swing between JV and Varisty. Senior year varsity. Has been out since Wasilla with injury. Aggressive to the basket and not afraid to take on big posts; has a nice shot and good hustle on defense.
Emily Winters (10)
Played for JDHS her freshman year. Transferred to THMS her sophomore year; did not play basketball; played at THMS her junior year; transferred back to JDHS her senior year. Comes off the bench; provides solid defense and isn’t afraid to shoot.
Played for JDHS her freshman year. Did not play as a sophomore and was the manager her junior year. As a senior Murray started out playing; got injured and decided to heal her injuries for her real love, softball. Became manager for the team her senior year. As a player was a hard worker and good rebounder for her height.