JDHS girls nip Lady Kings 45-43 at Ketchikan

Crimson Bears strengthen conference lead

The Juneau-Douglas High School girl's basketball team held their breath just once at Ketchikan on Friday night.


That one time being when the Kings Jayley Taylor put up a last second jump shot that would have won or tied the game for the hosts.

Instead the shot missed and the Crimson Bears (4-1 conference, 11-10 overall) survived a double-digit fourth-quarter comeback by Ketchikan for a 45-43 win.

"We were up by 12 and they just turned on the heat," JDHS coach Dee Boster said. "That last play of the game, I think everyone in the gym was watching what was about to happen when that shot went up. When it didn't go in I wasn't excited, I was shocked it did not go in the hoop."

Up to that point Taylor had hit four three-pointers and tallied a team-high 14 points for the Lady Kings (3-4 conference).

Sophomore Rachelle Roldan hit two free throws with just under a minute remaining in the game to give the Crimson Bears a one point lead and senior Marissa Brakes hit one-of-two 20 seconds later for the two-point spread.

JDHS scored just eight points in the fourth quarter.

"We probably had five turnovers in a row because they put the press on," Boster said. "It was a pretty scrappy press, nothing that we haven't seen, but we just panicked. We like to do that apparently. I would guess they will press us the next game. This was a good win for us. It is tough to win here in Ketchikan, they have a tough crowd."

JDHS led 10-7 starting the second quarter and 22-19 at the half. They were up 10, 37-27 after three quarters of play and ahead by as many as 14 in the fourth quarter before the Lady Kings made a surge.

Senior Gabi Fenumiai led the Crimson Bears with 15 points, classmate Esra Siddeek added nine, junior Kymberlee Kelly six, Brakes and senior Amberli Fitka three apiece, senior Emily Winters, and juniors Roldan, Kayla Balovich, and Kaitlin Fagerstrom two each.

JDHS hit 12-26 from the charity stripe, Kayhi went 9-16.

Brooke Simmons added nine for Ketchikan, Alexis Biggerstaff eight, Bayley Lindgren seven, and Faith Clark five.


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