The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is bringing home the gold despite finishing a recent tournament in a three-way tie for first place.
The Crimson Bears defeated Chugiak 66-40 Saturday in Anchorage, finishing the East Thunderbird Tournament with a 2-1 record. To decide a tournament winner, the team with the lowest-scoring defense was crowed champion, and JDHS held its opponents to the fewest points during the three-day tournament.
"Basically, the best defense won the tournament," said JDHS coach Lesslie Knight. "The good news for us is we were expecting to ... see some of the top teams in the state and it was a great vote of confidence to see that we can play with anyone. For the rest of the year, anything is possible."
Mahlet Tingley was named player of the game against Chugiak. During the game, every JDHS player scored.
The Crimson Bears lost to Colony on Thursday 38-45, but rebounded on Friday to overpower tournament host East High School 82-48.
Sophomore post player Sarah Tarver and junior guard Kristen Dierick were named to the all-tournament team.
The tournament, however, wasn't without its bumps and bruises. During Thursday's matchup, junior shooting guard Britney Fenumiai was injured and had to leave the game. The extent of her injury and when she will return to the court is unknown.
The JDHS girls basketball team will have a week of rest before facing off against North Pole on Jan. 24 at JDHS.
Boys finish third in Prep Shootout
The Crimson Bears boys basketball team finished strong during the Dimond Alaska Prep Shootout held in Anchorage this weekend, overpowering Point Hope on Saturday en route to a 80-51 victory.
"We were a lot fresher and we were a much bigger school, with much bigger kids, and we were too much for them," JDHS head coach Steve Potter said following the game.
JDHS post player Eric Gross was named player of the game and Colin Gozelski registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
JDHS finished fourth in the tournament with a 2-1 record after dropping its first game of the tournament to Colony 38-45 on Thursday.
The Crimson Bears rebounded the following day to defeat Hutchinson of Fairbanks 61-46. Gozelski scored 15 points and Sean Bavard added 11 to lead JDHS. Ben Snow and Bryant Palm combined for 26 points for Hutchison.