Thunder Mountain High School junior Ashley Young scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Falcons girls basketball team to a 56-42 win over Juneau-Douglas in the Region V tournament Wednesday night.
“I relied on my teammates to pass me the ball,” Young said. “And they did a really good job. I think our defense was key. We did a good job of stopping their main scorers.”
Young was unstoppable on the night, scoring seven of the Falcons’ first nine points to keep TMHS in a 10-9 game that saw the Crimson Bears lead after eight minutes.
Young hit two free throws and a put-back to tie the game at 13 apiece in the opening moments of the second quarter.
The teams tied four times in the period with Falcons freshman Alondra Echiverri scoring five points in the stanza and getting a basket as time expired, giving Thunder Mountain a 23-21 lead at the half.
The Falcons hit nine straight free throws in the fourth quarter and 10 of 11 to take control of a close game.
“We feel confident on the line,” Michaela Demmert said. “We need to push ourselves and play good defense.”
Tompkins added 9 points for the Falcons, Echiverri 9, Demmert 7, Cheyenne Ekis 5 and Siosi Tupou 1.
TMHS hit 18-30 at the charity stripe; JDHS went 9-20.
Fagerstrom led the Crimson Bears with 12 points, Kelly added 8, Tori Fogg and Rachelle Roldan 6 apiece, Kacey Jackson and Julia Noreen 2, and Izzy Watts and Monika Rivera 1 each.
“We came out flat in the second half,” JDHS coach Dee Boster said. “More importantly, we went away from what was working the in the first half which was being patient on offense and driving to the basket.”
The Falcons will play top seed Ketchikan tonight at 5 p.m. in a semifinal matchup. The Crimson Bears will play the loser of the Ketchikan/JDHS game in a 1:15 p.m. elimination game Friday
“We have to stop their key players,” Young said of playing Ketchikan. “Like (Courtney) Kembel and (Jayley) Taylor. We think we have a shot.”