The Juneau-Douglas High School girl’s basketball team was swept by the visiting Ketchikan Lady Kings, falling 46-24 on Friday and 42-32 on Saturday.
Saturday saw the Crimson Bears score just five points in the first half as the visiting Kayhi Kings jumped out to a 15 point lead after the 1st period of play.
“You can’t win a game scoring five points in any half,” Juneau-Douglas coach Dee Boster said. “We turned it around in the second half.”
Trailing 20-5 at the break the Crimson Bears found another level of intensity.
“We were more patient on offense in the second half and we turned on the defensive pressure,” Boster said. “We broke their press quickly and got a number of fast break points. We just waited too long and dug ourselves too deep of a hole and had to spend the second half getting out of it.”
The Crimson bears wouldn’t go away down the stretch as senior Kymberlee Kelly scored a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds in the second half. The late comeback was shut down completely by Ketchikan’s Jayley Taylor who knocked down two straight three’s with 2 minutes remaining in the game.
Kymberlee Kelly led JDHS with 15 points, Kaitlin Fagerstrom 9.
Kayhi 43, JDHS 34
KHS- Eliah Anderson- 14 PTS, 7 RB, 1 STL, 4-8 FG, 5-9 FT; Jayley Taylor- 12 PTS, 4 AST, 1 STL, 3-5 FG, 4-7 FT, 2-4 3-PT; Courtney Kemble- 8 PTS, 7 RB, 3-7 FG, 2-4 FT; AJ Dela Cruz- 9 PTS, 1 RB, 1 AST, 3-5 FG, 3-4 3-PT; Charley Edwardson- 1 PT, 1 AST, 1-2 FT
JDHS- Kymberlee Kelly- 15 PTS, 10 RB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 6-10 FG, 2-5 FT, 0-1 3-PT; Kaitlin Fagerstrom- 9 PTS, 3 RB, 4 AST, 3-14 FG, 0-2 FT, 1-3 3-PT; Julia Noreen- 4 PTS 3 RB, 2-5 FG; Maddie McKeown- 2 PTS, 2 RB, 1-4 FG; Tori Fogg- 1 PT, 0-4 FG, 1-2 FT, 0-2 3-PT, Samantha Heidersdorf- 1 PT, 1-2 FT; Rachelle Roldan- 0-2 FG, 1-2 FT.
KAYHI 46, JDHS 24
The Lady Kings opened a 14-3 first quarter lead and were never threatened as they toppled JDHS 46-27 at JDHS on Friday.
Using a full court press the Lady Kings forced six turnovers in the opening eight minutes of play and 17 in the game to disrupt the Crimson Bears offense.
Tori Fogg and Maddie McKeown scored the three free throws in the first stanza for JDHS.
Kymberlee Kelly and Kaitlin Fagerstrom led the Crimson Bears in the second quarter scoring six and five, respectively, to keep JDHS within nine points, 23-14 at the break.
Rachelle Roldan scored the first bucket of the second half for JDHS but Ketchikan answered with an 11-3 run to close out the period leading 34-19.
Jayley Taylor took control of the fourth quarter for the Lady Kings, scoring two baskets within 55 seconds, dishing another to Charley Edwardson and then being fouled and putting Kayhi into the bonus with 5:14 remaining in the game.
Ketchikan would go 4-4 from the free throw line in the final two minutes of the game.
JDHS went 7-18 at the charity stripe in the game, Kayhi was 13-15. The Crimson Bears hit just 10 of 57 shots from the field.
“I was told we work hard,” Boster said. “And we do, but the girls are tired of hearing that. They would rather win games.”
Fogg led JDHS with eight points, Kelly and Fagerstrom seven apiece, Roldan and Julia Noreen two each and McKeown one.
Taylor scored 15 points for Kayhi, Courtney Kemble added 10, Alexis Biggerstaff seven, AJ Dela Cruz six, Sarah McClennan four, and Sonja Christensen and Eliah Anderson two apiece.
The Crimson Bears (3-17 Overall, 0-6 Southeast) next host the Thunder Mountain Falcons (12-10, 4-2) on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1.
“I am sure we are going into the tournament in third place and we will deal with that,” Boster said. “We need to think about Thunder Mountain first. We deserve a win and it isn’t because of lack of effort we are not winning.”