The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girl’s basketball team opened the 2013 state high school class 4A basketball tournament with a 56-23 loss to the number-one-ranked Wasilla Warriors.
Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena was familiar territory to both these teams as they have battled in each of the past three tournaments with varying outcomes. This time the Warriors opened a 19-5 first quarter lead to seize momentum.
“It was a tough game,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “We played hard, but we played a better team than us.”
Wasilla added just eight points in the second period but JDHS only tallied three and never found a double digit period on the night.
“We discussed a handful of things before the game and one was to leave it all on the court, which they did,” Boster said. “We said if we do not quit, we do not fail. And we did not quit. Even though we scored less and lost the game we didn’t fail. We represented JDHS to the best of our ability.”
Wasilla led 27-8 at the half and tallied quarters of 13 and 16 to finish the game.
“Today’s game is over,” Boster said. “Now we have to get ready for the next. We are playing for fourth if we win tomorrow. New day, new game.”
Wasilla’s Kyla Dinkle scored a game high 21 points, Alexis Imoe added 14, Alysha Devine nine, Machia Towes and Savannah Burke four each, and Jenna Ford and Cassidy Edwards two apiece. The Warriors hit 3-5 at the free throw line, JDHS went 5-11.
Kaitlin Fagerstrom and Gabi Fenumiai led the Crimson Bears with seven apiece, Kymberlee Kelly and Ari Gross three each, T Jae Garcia two and Marissa Brakes one.
JDHS will play West Anchorage High School today at 9:45 a.m. in the Sullivan Arena. West opened state play with a 44-35 loss to Colony.