Juneau girls fall to hot-shooting Wasilla squad

Cronk scores 26 to lead Warriors past Crimson Bears

Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2004

New season, old story.

Wasilla senior guard Chandice Cronk drained five 3-pointers and scored 26 points as the Warriors handed the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team its first loss of the season, 52-41 at Wasilla High School.

At last season's Capital City Classic, Cronk scored 30 on the Crimson Bears in another Wasilla win.

"All of those threes, we (fouled) her, and she still made them," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said. "They were deep threes, NBA threes."

Senior Tasha McKoy led Juneau (3-1) with 19 points - all in the final three quarters - but it was not enough as Wasilla jumped out to a 27-14 halftime lead and held on in the second half.

"(McKoy) played really hard, and she had to work really hard all night to get the ball," Knight said.

Knight said Juneau was off its game at times - especially early - when shooters were passing up shots and perimeter players were not feeding the ball in to McKoy, who was a strong presence inside while only picking up one foul.

"We still could have beat them if we played our game," Knight said. "Our girls played one strong quarter - the fourth quarter. ... We can't rock back on our heels. We've got to play four solid quarters."

Junior Mary Rehfeld scored 10 points for Juneau.

Juneau is ranked fifth among Class 4A girls teams in the season's first Alaska Media High School Basketball poll. Wasilla (5-2) is ranked third. More poll information can be found on Page B4.

The Juneau varsity now heads to Anchorage for the 19th annual Lady T-Bird Classic, which starts today at East Anchorage High School. The Crimson Bears will play Lathrop tonight; the Malemutes are 6-0 and ranked second in the media poll.

On Friday, Juneau plays a doubleheader against West Anchorage (3-2) and fourth-ranked East Anchorage (3-7). The Crimson Bears conclude the road trip on Saturday with a game against Colony (3-2).

Despite the trip-opening loss, McKoy said the Crimson Bears are looking for some good results in Anchorage.

"We're very confident in our team," she said. "One loss won't hurt us."

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