WASILLA 50, JDHS GIRLS 28
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girls fell to the Wasilla Warriors in their opening game at the Doc Larson Roundball Classic on Thursday.
The Crimson Bears led 10-8 after the first quarter and gave up 17 points, including three straight triples to the Warriors Shayla Johnson, in the second quarter to trail 25-18 at the half. Wasilla led 41-22 starting the final quarter.
“We worked hard,” Juneau-Douglas coach Dee Boster said. “We still need to turn it up a notch at this varsity level. Rachelle, Kymberlee and Kaitlin continue to lead us in competitiveness and desire to be more competitive. We are on the verge of getting that across the team. Everyone continues to work hard at times.”
Kaitlin Fagerstrom led the Crimson Bears with 14 points, Kymberlee Kelly seven, Rachelle Roldan three, Monika Rivera two, and Tori Fogg and Sam Heidersdorf one apiece. JDHS hit 10-20 at the line; Wasilla went 4-8.
Johnson led the Warriors with 17 points, McKenzie Labuday and Amanda Hutchins eight apiece, McKenna Dinkel seven, Catherine Baham six, and Cassidy Edwards four.
The Crimson Bears play Soldotna at 2:30 p.m. today and Galena at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.
TMHS GIRLS 43, MONROE 18
The Thunder Mountain Falcons girls ran past the Monroe Rams in the first game of the Monroe Invitational on Thursday, winning 43-18 behind 17 points from Ava Tompkins and 12 points from Alondra Echiverri. The Falcons jumped out to an 8-2 first quarter advantage.
“It was an all guard and forward team today,” TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said. “It was a fast-paced game today.”
Michaela Demmert and Cheyenne Ekis added five points apiece for the Falcons and Siosi Tupou four. TMHS hit 4-14 at the line; Monroe went 6-14.
S. Hajdukovich led the Rams with 11 points, M. Hajdukovich, Clark and Mapp two each, and Lundren one.
The Falcons were without center Ashley Young due to the flu but she is expected to join the team for their next games.
The Falcons play Lathrop at 3 p.m. today and Palmer at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
MONROE RAMS 81, TMHS BOYS 55
The Thunder Mountain Falcons boys found themselves down 55-18 at halftime of their game against the Monroe Rams during the Monroe Invitational on Thursday.
The Rams shot just over 70 percent from the field in the first half and the Ram’s McCullough went 4-4 from the 3-point line in the first half and the Rams as a team were 6-6 from beyond the arch. The Rams led 23-7 after one quarter.
“They are a very good team,” TMHS coach John Blasco said. “We didn’t quit. That is one of the strengths of our program. We struggled with their press in the first half and I would rather get a shot than a turnover. We knew we would have to come back and compete in the second half and we did. We did a better job of getting out in front of screens, breaking the press and setting up our offense…”
Jacob Calloway led the Falcons with 20 points, Matt Seymour added 10, Guy Bean and Ben Jahn six apiece, Josh Palmer five, Luke Nye five, and Trent Uddipa and Mike Uddipa two each. TMHS hit 9-13 at the line; Monroe 6-9.
The Rams were led by McCullough’s 22 points, Wells added 14, Bynum 12, Stepovich eight, Happner six, Erickson, Neville, and Nickerson four each, Burcell three, and O’Kelley two.
The Falcons play Service at 4:40 p.m. today and Palmer at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday.