Juneau-Douglas High School senior Gabi Fenumiai's double-double was just a point or two more than Thunder Mountain High School sophomore Ashley Young’s on Friday night as the Crimson Bears downed the Falcons 55-39.
Fenumiai quieted the Thunderdome crowd with 21 points and 16 rebounds and Young got them all excited again on her way to 15 points and 13 boards.
Young scored seven in the first quarter, all from inside work, and teammates Jonelle Staveland and Sarah Morris hit from outside.
Fenumiai was held to just three in the first quarter but Kaitlin Fagerstrom hit a deep triple and Kymberlee Kelly, Kayla Balovich and Ari Gross found the net as the Crimson Bears (6-1 southeast conference, 13-10 overall) led 17-12 over the Falcons (1-6, 7-16).
Fenumiai scored the first basket of the second quarter and the Falcons responded with a 7-0 run on baskets by Noa Maka, Ava Tompkins and Young to tie the score at the 4:56 mark of the period. Fenumiai scored the next six points for the Crimson Bears and Young notched a pair of free throws to keep the Falcons within four, 25-21 at the break.
"It was a good team effort tonight," JDHS coach Dee Boster said. "Gabi was great, but she got a lot of help. At half time we talked about working harder and rotating better on defense and I think it showed in the second half. We played a solid game all the way around."
An 11-2 run by JDHS pushed the lead to 34-23 with 3:30 remaining in the third period. The Falcons closed to nine at 38-29 ending the period.
Tomkins cut the lead to seven with an acrobatic lay in to open the fourth quarter but Fenumiai responded on the next possession and Marissa Brakes hit a triple that put the momentum back on the Crimson Bears side. The Falcons could not pull within 12 points for the rest of the game.
"We started losing steam at the tail end of the third quarter," TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said. "We made some tired mistakes. We got good looks at the basket but just did not get the points."
Fagerstrom added eight points and five rebounds, Esra Siddeek six points and two steals, Brakes five points (5 assists, 2 ST), Balovich five points (4 RB), Kelly (4 RB) and Gross four apiece, and Christina Arehart two.
JDHS hit 10-16 at the charity stripe and went 21-54 from the field; TMHS was 8-11 at the line and 13-47 from the floor. TMHS had 12 turnovers, JDHS 7.
Tompkins added seven points (5 RB, 3 AST), Eyerus Tingley six, Sarah Morris four (4 RB), Staveland three (6 RB), Reeves and Maka two apiece.
The two teams play again tonight at 6:15 p.m. Falcons' senior appreciation honors will be done after the girl's game and before the boys play at 8 p.m.