SKAGWAY -- Juneau-Douglas High School's JV girls asserted themselves throughout the 2001 Skagway Small Schools Tournament. Juneau, the only junior varsity team in the tournament, swept the tourney in convincing fashion, rarely failing to execute on a possession.
The Crimson Bears were as hot on offense as their opponents were cold. The Bears beat Skagway 67-13 on Thursday, topped Haines 43-27 on Friday and knocked off Vanier Catholic of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, 62-6 on Saturday.
Juneau coach Lucy Potter said that getting her team to play on the road would help in the long run.
"It was beneficial to play on another team's court," Potter said. "It's good to just get them out and play."
Potter expressed why she did not have her squad back down even in the blowouts.
Juneau was able to get all of their players into the books with points. However that is most in part because the Bears did not back down from a half-court trap that was as effective as it was demoralizing for the teams that were on its receiving end.
Against Skagway, Latasha McKoy scored 19 points to lead Juneau while Kacie Murphy added 12 and Alida Bus had 10. Kristina Knorr led Skagway with nine points.
Against Haines, McKoy and Murphy led Juneau with 11 points and Kendri Cesar added 10. Lisa Seles led Haines with 13 points.
Against Vanier, McKoy and Cesar both scored 15 points for Juneau and Murphy added 11. Jessica Lansfield led Vanier with four points.
The Haines Glacier Bears finished with a 2-1 record with wins over Skagway (49-29 on Saturday) and Vanier Catholic (69-18 on Thursday). The tournament was a solid outing for the Glacier Bears.
Lisa Sele, a senior center from Haines, was an absolute monster on the boards ripping down 23 in the final game of the tourney to go along with her 13 points. Penny Fossman scored 20 points to lead Haines, while Knorr led Skagway with 21 points.
Against Vanier, Amy Gross and Lori Sele both scored 17 points to lead Haines with Lisa Sele adding 16. Astrid Grauwehr scored 10 points to lead Vanier.
The Skagway Panthers went 1-2 at the tourney, recording their only win against the Vanier Crusaders (46-23 on Friday). Skagway played the entire tournament with only six players. Fatigue was obviously a factor for the Panthers who were already facing an uphill battle against schools that had players to spare.
However it was Skagway's undying effort that gave them their first win of the season. The Panthers were led by the emotional and inspirational play of Knorr, who scored 24 points. Ashley Law added 16 points for Skagway, while Lansfield scored nine to lead Vanier.
Stan Bush is a high school junior at Skagway High School.