The Juneau-Douglas High School’s girls basketball team closed a series sweep over West Valley with a 53-34 win Thursday.
Caitlyn Pusich’s game-high 23 points helped the JDHS girls squad to a second win over the Wolfpack. Pusich, a sophomore, hadn’t led the team in scoring this season before Thursday’s game. Her 23 points marked a career high.
Behind Pusich, junior Cassie Dzinich and sophomore Alyxn Bohulano each added eight, with Kendyl Carson and Georgia Robinson both contributing six.
West Valley was led in defeat by Ellen Silva with 13 and Gillian Winkleman with 10.
Pusich started hot and never cooled down, helping the Crimson Bears to a 14-8 first-quarter lead with three field goals and a 3-pointer. Her 13 points at half helped JDHS to a 25-17 lead going into the locker room.
West Valley’s zone defense led to three consecutive defensive stops in the third period, with an Erica Yarde 3-pointer and a field goal pulling the game to 25-22.
JDHS took a timeout to regroup and dominated the rest of the game, outscoring West Valley 20-6 in the final period to close the game with a 53-34 lead.
The girls pair of wins set them up with momentum going into next weekend’s first conference games against Ketchikan. Those games, Jan. 13 and 14 at JDHS, tip off at 6 p.m.
CRIMSON BEARS 53, WOLFPACK 34
Juneau-Douglas 14 11 20 8 —53
West Valley 8 9 11 6 —34
Juneau-Douglas (53) — Pusich 23, Dzinich 8, Bohulano 8, Carson 6, Robinson 6, Balovich 2
West Valley (34) — Silva 13, Winkleman 10, Yarde 5, Martellaro 2, Dick 2, Reid 2
Free throws — Juneau-Douglas 10-16, West Valley 1-9
3-point goals — Juneau-Douglas 1, West Valley 1
Team fouls — Juneau-Douglas 12, West Valley 15