The Juneau-Douglas High School girl’s basketball team got a huge lift from their seniors on a night in their honor as Gabi Fenumiai scored 13 points, Marissa Brakes nine and Esra Siddeek eight as the Crimson Bears ran past the visiting Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves 51-31 on Thursday night.
“I was a little concerned after the Braves had beaten Thunder Mountain and Sitka,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “We have not been doing great on the boards lately and they have some kids that can hit three point shots. Our man-to-man defense was just great tonight though.”
JDHS used a 13-8 first quarter pace to get over the excitement of senior appreciation ceremonies and then clamped down on the Lady Braves in the second stanza, allowing just four points for the visitors.
The Crimson Bears led 26-12 starting the third period and 34-22 heading into the final eight minutes where they full court pressed and ran their way to a 17-point final stanza tally.
Kaitlin Fagerstrom and Kayla Balovich added six points each, Ari Gross four, T Jae Garcia and Amberli Fitka two apiece and Kymberlee Kelly one. JDHS hit 6-11 at the charity stripe, Mt. Edgecumbe went 16-22. Taryn White led the Lady Braves with 12 points, Mariah Martin added 11, JoAllyn Johnson three, Renatta Olson and Sharmaine Kewan two apiece and Brittany Akaran one.
JDHS plays at Ketchikan tonight and Saturday.
Mt. Edgecumbe Braves 69, JDHS Crimson Bears 54
The visiting Mt. Edgecumbe Braves toppled the Crimson Bears’ boys 69-54 Thursday night in a close game that was decided only by a Braves run in the fourth quarter.
Jackson Lehnhart’s two deep triples showcased the opening stanza as both teams scored 16 apiece. Heading into the second quarter both teams upped the pressure with Mt. Edgecumbe taking a 29-25 advantage at the break.
The Braves’ Leo Ford tallied 10 of his game-high 24 points in the third period and Gary Speck seven of his 11-game points as both teams put 20 points apiece on each side of the score clock.
Mt. Edgecumbe hit 14 free throws in the fourth quarter, while JDHS got deep three’s from Aquino Brinson and Adam Empson. The charity stripe margin was enough for Mt. Edgecumbe to take the game.
Lehnhart led the Crimson Bears with 12 points, Speck 11, Keith Ainsworth and Empson nine each, Jeffrey Pusich seven, and Dar Hodge-Campos six.
JDHS hit 10-17 at the charity stripe, Mt. Edgecumbe went 20-30.
Ford led the Braves with 24 points, Ryan Morgen 17, Donald Edenshaw and Grant Akaran nine apiece, Kenny Jackson seven, and Alan fisher three.
JDHS host the Ketchikan Kings tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday is Crimson Bears’ senior appreciation for boy’s basketball, the cheerleaders, dance team and pep band. The ceremony will be held before the 8 p.m. start.