The emotion of senior night for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team nearly overshadowed the desires for a win on the court as the Crimson Bears fell behind early and stormed back late in a 50-42 loss to the visiting Kodiak Bears on Friday at JDHS.
Honoring senior players Izzy Watts, Samantha Heidersdorf and Rachelle Roldan as well as seniors on the junior varsity, the dance team and the pep band, the Crimson Bears were resilient in their first half efforts behind scoring from Roldan and sophomore Georgia Robinson.
JDHS trailed 12-5 after eight minutes and 24-10 at the break.
“I am extremely happy about the way everyone played,” Roldan said. “It would have been nice to get to a win, but I think we are learning to adjust a lot better, and that is helping our confidence a lot.”
The Crimson Bears’ Robinson has shown the biggest confidence boost of the season and hit her second deep shot of the night to total six points in the third quarter. Junior Julia Noreen added another six points inside against the taller Kodiak team.
Kodiak senior Illa Hughes buried two deep shots from beyond the arch to keep the visitors on pace.
“We blocked out and out-rebounded them in the second half,” Juneau-Douglas coach Lesslie Knight said. “We got to the free-throw line and reduced our turnovers. More importantly, we scored.”
The Crimson Bears connected from the field and at the line, hitting 14 points in the third quarter, but still trailed 39-24 starting the final eight minutes.
Robinson hit a big shot from beyond the arch for a momentum booster while junior Tona Fogg, Roldan, junior Kallen Hoover, and the Watts’ sisters, senior Izzy and sophomore Abby, all found the score book.
“Georgia was big for us,” Knight said. ““Out little people finished on some lay ups and Tona did a great job coming off the bench.”
The Crimson Bears closed to within six points, 46-40, with two minutes remaining on baskets by Roldan and A. Watts, but they had to foul to get the ball back.
Kodiak’s Hughes scored six points for the Bears in the final quarter including four points on perfect shooting from the line at the end.
“With all the emotions of senior night, I was really surprised with how we responded in the game,” Knight said. “It is never an easy night to play when you realize it is your last game on your home court. I was really proud of our team tonight and now we will concentrate on playing Thunder Mountain next weekend and getting ready for the conference tournament in Ketchikan after that.”
Robinson connected on five shots from the field, including three from beyond the arch, to lead the Crimson Bears with 14 points. Roldan had eight points, Noreen added seven, Fogg five, I. Watts four, and Hoover and A. Watts two apiece. JDHS had 11 field goals, four more from deep, and were 8-18 at the charity stripe.
Hughes led Kodiak with 15 points, Charmaine Fabricante added 12, Stephanie Price 11, Richelle Walker seven, Dannika Catt three and Kristhel Fangonilo two. The Bears had 16 field goals, three more from deep, and were 9-13 at the line.
JDHS lost to Ketchikan 60-30 on Thursday. The Crimson Bears (0-6 Southeast Conference) will play at TMHS (2-4 SEC) on Friday and Saturday for Falcons senior appreciation and the two teams will be paired in the first round of the Southeast Region V championships at Kayhi on March 3-7. The Ketchikan girls (8-0 SEC) have the No. 1 seed.
The JDHS junior varsity lost to Yakutat on Friday 50-33.
Heidersdorf and A. Watts led the Crimson Bears with six points apiece, Toma Kimlinger added five, Fogg four, Ariana Hintermeister, Yadao and Morgan Balovich three apiece, Rachel Rivers two and Carrie Bennett one.
The Eagles were led by Sarah Newlin’s 18 points, Janie Jensen added eight, Jasmine Long seven, Dani Gio six, Faith Johnson five, Sanura Bell four and Shaye Jensen two.