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The Juneau-Douglas High School Girls basketball team kicked off the Lady T-Bird Classic Tournament with a solid win over Kodiak, 52-27, in the first round Thursday night in Anchorage.
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Coach Lesslie Knight said the key to their win was the "pressure defense they used in the first half that forced the Kodiak Bears to turn the ball over," that had the Bears up by 13 points at the half. Knight also said they were shooting a 70 percent field goal percentage and everyone scored.
Crimson Bear Nicole Fenumiai grabbed 11 points to lead the team in scoring. Taylor Larson scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Mahlet Tingley added six points. Brittany Fenumiai had five points and rebounded four times. Sarah Tarver and Annette Highly, and Hannah Swofford added four points each, Kristen Dierick, Karli Brakes, and Kayla Harrison all pitched in three points, and Emily Thompson had two points.
Alyssa Horn was top scorer for the Kodiak Bears with nine points and four rebounds, Rachel Norton had six and Addie Jones picked up five. Jessie Keplinger had three points, and Rhonda Yamat had twopoints.
Boys fall to Anchorage
Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears lost a tough game to West Anchorage, 62-47, during the first round Thursday of the Alaska Airlines Classic tournament in Anchorage.
JDHS Coach Steve Potter said West Anchorage got the pressure on early and was up by 10 points early in the first quarter. The teams played pretty evenly until the end of the third when the Bears turned it on and cut the lead by four points. Juneau's Eric Gross was effective on the inside, but West Anchorage held out for the win.
"We ran out of gas, and they were able to stretch it out," Potter said.
The Bears play Heritage Christian this evening at 6:45 p.m. Potter says it will be a tough match-up because it is another team that's extremely physical and presses.