JDHS girls sweep Sitka in Southeast opener

Crimson Bears improve to a perfect 5-0 on the season

Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team opened Southeast Conference play with a sweep of host Sitka.

The Crimson Bears (5-0, 2-0) defeated the Wolves 52-46 on Saturday and 47-42 on Friday to earn the weekend sweep.

"Sitka is a tough team and it was a good game," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said.

Juneau-Douglas sealed the conference sweep at the free throw line, shooting 73 percent.

Talisa Rhea led the Bears with 19 points and made all 11 of her shots from the charity stripe.

Nicole Fenumiai enjoyed a good game in the post against Sitka's Kim Dodsen. Fenumiai scored 16 points.

Juneau-Douglas trailed 26-23 at the half before taking the lead in the third quarter. Sophia Smith scored six of her nine points in the third as the Bears seized a 37-34 lead.

The Bears then made 9-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Andrea Doerflinger had five points while Lexi Garvey contributed two points in the win.

Dodsen led the Wolves with 24 points.

On Friday, Juneau-Douglas rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to earn a victory.

Rhea posted 18 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three assists to lead the Crimson Bears.

"The biggest difference in the game was the fourth quarter," Knight said. "We hit six free throws in a row and they missed as many as that in the fourth quarter."

The Wolves made just 7-of-22 from the free throw line while the Bears connected on 63-percent of their attempts.

One of the key's to Friday's victory was Juneau's ability to attack Dodsen.

"Their post player had three fouls at halftime, and I said take it to her," Knight said. "She'll either foul out or play defense. We didn't even shoot a free throw in the first half. We had to initiate the contact."

Dodsen finished with 12 points for Sitka while senior Natalia Potrzuski had seven.

"We put a fair amount of pressure on them defensively," Knight said. "Sophia Smith and Veronica Leitz did an outstanding job playing defense. The combination of Leitz and Jordan Harvey, they held Potrzuski to seven points."

In the first half, Juneau-Douglas shot just 15 percent from the field as Sitka took a 20-13 lead.

"I think our girls were a little fearful of Kim Dodsen so they were shooting lots of shots from the outside," Knight said. "It was a big crowd here and we didn't convert on those outside shots. They out-rebounded us by 10 in the first half."

For the Bears, Garvey posted 15 points in the win. Smith had six points while Jordan Harvey, Leitz, Fenumiai and Doerflinger each contributed two points for Juneau.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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