Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball players took their coach's words to heart, and it paid off with a big win.
One day after starting sluggish in a loss to Service, the Crimson Bears scored the first 10 points of the game and never trailed as they cruised to a 76-46 victory over the North Pole Patriots on Thursday at the 20th Annual Lady T-Bird Classic in Anchorage.
"We talked about getting fired up, getting your teammates fired up," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said. "The girls had a little more time in the locker room today (between the junior varsity and varsity games), a little more time to get prepared."
Senior Mary Rehfeld scored 23 points to lead Juneau (5-2 overall), while junior Lexi Garvey had 18 points and sophomore Talisa Rhea added 17.
Juneau will play host East Anchorage tonight at 8 p.m., and wrap up the tournament and the trip with a game against Chugiak at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Chugiak edged Juneau 60-55 in last month's Capital City Classic, and the Mustangs beat East 55-54 on Thursday as Kelsey Griffin hit one of two free throws with 0.9 seconds left for the winning margin. Griffin finished with 36 points.
In Thursday's other tournament games, Class 3A powerhouse Barrow beat the Juneau junior varsity 63-43, and Ketchikan nipped Colony 42-40.
After the Juneau varsity jumped out to their early lead on Thursday, the Crimson Bears kept ahead of the Patriots (5-1 overall) with good free-throw shooting. Rehfeld finished 8-for-9 from the line, junior Sophia Smith was 7-for-8 and Garvey was a perfect 5-for-5. As a team, Juneau finished 23-for-28.
Juneau led 33-22 at the half, and 52-33 after three quarters. Garvey added six rebounds and four steals for the Crimson Bears, while Rhea had six assists and five steals.
"We were just really patient," Rehfeld said. "We filled the gaps, saw the open people."
Garvey had a strong outing for the second straight game. In Wednesday's overtime loss to Service, she was Juneau's most effective defender against Cougars star Lillian Bullock.
"Lexi does a really good job on the road," Knight said. "She got a ton of time (in Wednesday's game), got comfortable and did a great job tonight."
Kelsey McIntosh led North Pole with 14 points, and Vanessa McCormick added 12.
Also Thursday, the Juneau junior varsity fell to Barrow in the opening game of the Lady T-Bird Classic. The Whalers took a 26-14 lead at halftime, and led 47-27 going into the fourth quarter.
Jesstinna "Piggy" Pili led Barrow with 25 points, and Maria "Princess" Eduarte chipped in 18 points. Lexi Garvey and Veronica Lietz each scored nine points to lead Juneau, while Kerstin Kimlinger and Nicole Fenumiai added seven apiece.
Ketchikan's Stacia Miller scored 10 points and Katie Geldaker added eight - all in the second half - to lead the Kings over Colony. Kayhi trailed 23-22 at halftime before pulling ahead with a 9-4 run in the third quarter.
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JDHS GIRLS BASKETBALL
CRIMSON BEARS 76, PATRIOTS 46
Thursday's girls game from East Anchorage
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (76) - Talisa Rhea 7 2-3 17, Lexi Garvey 6 5-5 18, Jordan Harvey 0 0-0 0, Kerstin Kimlinger 0 1-2 1, Sophia Smith 1 7-8 9, Mary Rehfeld 7 8-9 23, Kate Potter 3 0-0 6, Ashley Larson 0 0-1 0, Nicole Fenumiai 1 0-0 2, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 23-28 76.
NORTH POLE (46) - Caitlin Hamsley 2 0-0 4, Kelsey McIntosh 4 4-4 14, Whitney Tidwell 3 1-1 7, Alicia Hamsley 1 0-0 3, Amy Holt 0 0-0 0, Jillian Larson 1 2-3 4, Kaycie Gebhardt 0 2-4 2, Vanessa McCormick 6 0-3 12, Ashley Bell 0 0-5 0. Totals: 17 9-20 46.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 17 16 19 24 - 76
NORTH POLE 12 10 11 13 - 46
3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 3 (Rhea 1, Garvey 1, Rehfeld 1), North Pole 3 (McIntosh 2, A. Hamsley 1). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 0, North Pole 1 (McCormick). Technical fouls - Juneau-Douglas 0, North Pole 1 (A. Hamsley 1). Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 18, North Pole 22.
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