Crimson Bears' girls face big test at state

JDHS opens state championship play with familiar foe Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears' Region V 4A and Southeast Crossover girl's basketball champions at Mt. Edgecumbe's B.J. McGillis Memorial Gymnasium last weekend. The team begins state tournament play on Thursday.

The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears have a history against the Wasilla Warriors, and most of it is at the state championship level. JDHS beat the Warriors for the 2010 title, lost to the Warriors in the 2011 big game by six points, lost by 10 points in the 2008 opening game, lost by three in the 2007 championship, won by two in the 2006 third-place game, and won the championship in 2005 while the Warriors finished fifth. JDHS lost the 2004 championship to Dimond after beating Wasilla by 10 points in the semifinals. The teams go back even farther, but more important is the present.


On Thursday JDHS (17-10) will once again face a powerhouse Wasilla team that is 27-0 and ranked at the top of the class for 4A girl’s high school basketball.

“We are working our tails off trying to get ready for Wasilla,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “The first thing is being able to walk into the gym believing that we are not just going to lose. I am coaching to win and the kids are practicing to win, if we did not go about it any other way then it would not be worth going.”

The Crimson Bears will have to control the tempo of the game and take care of the basketball to beat the favored Wolfpack.

In the two games this season turnovers hurt the Crimson Bears.

“We had tons of turnovers and did not execute our offense,” Boster said. “We broke their press fairly simple but then we would panic. We are working on being very patient on offense.”

Tournament fourth seed Colony (16-10) faces fifth seed West (10-8) on JDHS’ side of the bracket. Second seed Dimond (27-4) plays seventh seed West Valley (17-10) and third seed Kodiak (21-7) faces sixth seed Lathrop (17-8) on the other half of the bracket.

Lathrop was originally excluded from tournament play and Soldotna had the WPI at large bid, but all tournament results from the recent Region V championships at Mt. Edgecumbe had not been reported. When the scores - Thunder Mountain beating Ketchikan and Juneau beating Thunder Mountain - were discovered, Lathrop received the higher rating. Both Lathrop and Soldotna played games this season against teams involved in the mix up.

On this season, the Warriors hosted and hurt JDHS 65-27 and 52-25 back on Dec. 14-15. Against common opponents Wasilla is 14-0 and JDHS 7-7.

Common opponents and scores this season include:

Wasilla 56 @ West 46 (12/11), Wasilla 75 Vs. West 50 (1/17), West 41 Vs. JDHS 29 (2/09) @ Dimond; Wasilla 56 Vs. Chugiak 24 (12/27), Wasilla 57 Vs. Chugiak 28 (1/10), JDHS 52 Vs. Chugiak 43 (2/08) @ Dimond; Wasilla 51 @ Palmer 29 (1/25), Wasilla 48 @ Palmer 33 (2/15), Palmer 52 Vs. JDHS (12/13); Wasilla 45 Vs. Colony 17 (1/15), Wasilla 56 @ Colony 29 (3/01), Colony 51 @ JDHS 37 (2/01), Colony 39 @ JDHS 33 (2/02); Wasilla 54 Vs. East 35 (2/06) @ Dimond, JDHS 60 Vs. East 51 (12/27), JDHS 53 Vs. East 50 @ Dimond; Wasilla 54 Vs. Kodiak 43 (2/22), Wasilla 68 Vs. Kodiak 41 (2/23), Wasilla 61 Vs. Kodiak 29 (3/09) @ Region III Championship, Kodiak 49 Vs. JDHS 40 (1/03); Wasilla 55 @ Lathrop 35 (2/08), Wasilla 58 Vs. Lathrop 37 (3/02), Lathrop 47 Vs. JDHS 37 (2/06) @ Dimond; Wasilla 62 @ Ketchikan 42 (2/01), Wasilla 67 @ Ketchikan 32 (2/02), JDHS 68 Vs. Ketchikan 34 (1/11), Ketchikan 32 @ JDHS 27 (1/12), JDHS 45 @ Ketchikan 43 (2/15), JDHS 42 @ Ketchikan 36 (2/16), JDHS 49 Vs. Ketchikan 33 (3/06) @ Region V Championships.

“We are going out there to fight,” Boster said. “Every one is counting us out to lose but we are going up there with a team that can win. We are working hard to make it go good.”



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