ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School girls flew out to a 30-point first-half lead and crushed South Anchorage 69-40 Thursday afternoon in the first round of the three-day East Tournament.
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The Crimson Bears led 39-9 at halftime. They'll play Chugiak, a 58-49 winner over Colony, in today's 6 p.m. semifinal at East High School.
Palmer, a 56-9 winner over Eagle River, will take on the winner of Thursday's East-West late game in the other semifinal.
Freshman Mahlet Tingley, the Bears' first reserve off the bench, suffered a major injury to her right leg in the first quarter and spent the rest of the game iced down on the sidelines.
Tingley was taken to a hospital after the contest and was still being diagnosed as of presstime. No further information was available.
Juneau's Talisa Rhea led all scorers with 18 points, while Kayla Harison poured in 16. Veronia Lietz tallied 14, and Corey Mulder and Andrea Doerflinger both had 8.
Liza Spano led the Wolverines with 13, while Kelly Gamblin tossed in 11.
The Bears were missing Brittney Fenumiai, out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and Tingley. Juneau-Douglas made the trip with eight players, and the injuries seemed to weigh on the squad. The Bears lost tempo in the second half.
Rhea sat on the bench for the fourth quarter.
"We came out strong, and ran out of gas with two of our players on the injury list," Bears coach Leslie Knight said. "In the second half, I rotated a lot of players in so that our lesser-experienced players could pick up the tempo."
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