Despite scoring just two points in the final eight minutes of play, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team topped host East Anchorage 41-39 to take third place in the Lady T-Bird Classic in Anchorage.
The Crimson Bears (7-1, 2-0) lost to Service 58-51 in the semifinals on Friday.
"The nice thing was to see the other teams," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. "We got to see seven other teams in the state and any of them are beatable. ... It'll be fun to see who qualifies."
Against the Thunderbirds, Juneau's Nicole Fenumiai scored the Bears' lone two points of the fourth quarter.
Talisa Rhea led the way for Juneau-Douglas. The junior posted 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals in the win.
"I think they played tough, pressure defense," Knight said of East. "I think they did a pretty good job of containing us. There weren't a lot of open lanes. We did do a better job of not forcing outside shots."
Jordan Harvey added nine points on 4 of 5 shooting, and Sophia Smith contributed eight points. Fenumiai had seven points and six rebounds , and Andrea Doerflinger accounted for five points.
Knight said she was pleased with the effort of her post players.
"Our post players did an incredible job against their post Jazzie (Gaddy)," Knight said. "It was a nice defensive effort on our part and theirs."
The third quarter proved to be pivotal for JDHS. The Bears outscored East 17-10 in the third to seize a 39-33 lead.
"One of the things we talked about at halftime was that East likes to play a run and gun type of game," Knight said. "If you get into that you're most likely not going to come out on top. We talked about controlling the tempo."
On Friday, Rhea's 17 points and nine rebounds weren't enough as Service won a rematch of last year's state championship game.
Juneau-Douglas trailed by just two points after three quarters of play, but Service pulled away for the win.
The Cougars stars - Lillian Bullock and Sylvia Bullock - asserted themselves in the fourth. The duo scored 17 of Service's 18 fourth-quarter points to lift their side to the win.
Lillian Bullock scored a game-high 23 points, 22 of which came in the second half. Sylvia Bullock contributed 13 points.
"Our goal was to hold and contain them in the second half," Knight said. "We did a poor job of containing Lillian."
JDHS shot 10 of 13 from the free throw line, but the Crimson Bears were whistled for 26 fouls opposed to Service's 12.
Juneau post players Doerflinger and Fenumiai helped balance the Crimson Bears' attack. Doerflinger posted eight points and six rebounds, and Fenumiai contributed seven points and seven boards.
JDHS freshman guard Kayla Harrison scored six points, Smith had five points and Harvey and Kerstin Kimlinger posted four points.
Rhea earned MVP honors while Smith was named to the all-tournament team.
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