Chugiak nips Juneau girls in double OT

Bears pleased with effort to close out first road trip

Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2005

Though disappointed by the final score, Juneau girls basketball players spoke about their effort with pride Saturday after falling to Chugiak in double overtime.

The Crimson Bears and Mustangs fought a see-saw battle through six periods before Chugiak pulled out a 71-69 win at the Lady T-Bird Classic in Anchorage.

"It was a great game, the best we've played all year," said Juneau sophomore Talisa Rhea, who scored a team-high 24 points. "Although we didn't end up with a victory, we showed a lot of heart."

On Friday, Juneau lost another close game, 58-56 to host East Anchorage, and the Crimson Bears (5-4 overall) finished 1-3 on their first road trip of the season. But the three losses were each two-point games against top Alaska squads, and two went into overtime.

"We learned a lot about our team," said senior center Kate Potter, who scored 16 points against Chugiak. "These are some of the best teams in the state. ... It gives us a lot of hope, and we have a lot of stuff to work on. It's exciting to think (the state title) is up for grabs."

After a back-and-forth game - Chugiak led 31-28 at halftime; Juneau was ahead 43-40 after three quarters - Potter lifted the Crimson Bears into overtime by draining a baseline jumper with 19 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 58-all.

"She played big," Rhea said of Potter. "We needed her to step up, and she responded. (Her) inside presence kept us in the game."

In the first overtime, Chugiak's Sam Dubin made a three-point play to put the Mustangs up by three with 1:18 to play. Rhea responded by sinking a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left to tie the game at 63-all and force a second overtime.

Rhea scored all six of Juneau's points in the second extra session, but Dubin scored Chugiak's last four points - all on free throws - to lift the Mustangs to victory.

Chugiak went 25-for-37 from the free-throw line, while Juneau finished 14-for-20.

Kelsey Griffin scored 35 points - many from offensive rebounds - for the undefeated Mustangs (12-0 overall), and Dubin added 16. Chugiak beat Juneau for the second time this season. The first was a 60-55 win at last month's Capital City Classic.

Rehfeld added 17 points and Rhea contributed 12 assists for Juneau, which is idle next weekend before hosting Ketchikan on Jan. 28-29. The Crimson Bears were able to scout the Kings at the tournament, and coach Lesslie Knight said Juneau is returning home a better team than when it left.

"We played some of the top teams in the state," Knight said. "We had some really close games, and we definitely improved through the weekend."

On Friday, Juneau led 48-39 after three quarters before East rallied for the win thanks to strong defense and a large advantage at the free-throw line.

"We were in the lead the entire game," Knight said. "We had an incredible first half. (But) the scary thing about East is you know they're going to come back at you."

Aiesha Ailey-Brown scored 17 points, Maggie Burgess added 14, Ariel Tweto scored 13 and Katelyn Stearns chipped in 10 points for East (6-7 overall), which made 17 of 24 free-throw attempts.

Rehfeld scored 18 points and Garvey had 17 for Juneau - each hit three 3-pointers - as the Crimson Bears made six of just seven free-throw tries.

Juneau was called for 21 fouls in the game, while East had just eight fouls. Juneau had 18 turnovers to East's eight.

"What we needed to do is take it to them and get them in foul trouble," Knight said. "East did a good job of taking it to us.

"The turnovers and the free throws did us in."

In other tournament action, Kerstin Kimlinger scored 10 points as the Juneau junior varsity beat the East Anchorage JV on Friday; no score was available. On Saturday, Kimlinger and Nicole Fenumiai scored six apiece as the Juneau JV fell to the North Pole varsity 58-30.

The Ketchikan varsity lost to Chugiak 50-37 on Friday, but rebounded to beat Class 3A Barrow on Saturday; no score was available.

Juneau varsity boxscores can be found below.

20th ANNUAL

LADY T-BIRD CLASSIC

Held Thursday-Saturday at East Anchorage

Champion - Chugiak

Runner-up - East Anchorage

Most valuable player - Kelsey Griffin, Chugiak

All-tournament team - Talisa Rhea, Juneau-Douglas; Mary Rehfeld, Juneau-Douglas; Lexi Garvey, Juneau-Douglas; Stacia Miller, Ketchikan; Maria "Princess" Eduarte, Barrow; Sarah Neuschwander, Chugiak; Kelcy Joynt, Colony; Aiesha Ailey-Brown, East Anchorage; Maggie Burgess, East Anchorage; Kelsey McIntosh, North Pole; Vanessa McCormick, North Pole

Free-throw champion - Kelsey McIntosh, North Pole

3-point shooting champion - Mary Rehfeld, Juneau-Douglas

MUSTANGS 71,

CRIMSON BEARS 69, 2OT

Saturday's girls game from East Anchorage

CHUGIAK (71) - Erin Murphy 1 0-0 2, Ashley Finch 0 0-2 0, Danielle Campoamor 2 0-0 6, Sam Dubin 3 9-11 16, Kelsey Griffin 11 12-14 35, Lis DuCharme 0 0-0 0, Kyle Jennings 0 0-0 0, Sarah Neuschwander 1 2-6 4, Sara Courtright 2 2-4 6, Karly Vierick 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 25-37 71.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (69) - Talisa Rhea 6 10-12 24, Lexi Garvey 0 1-2 1, Jordan Harvey 1 1-4 3, Kerstin Kimlinger 0 0-0 0, Sophia Smith 0 0-0 0, Mary Rehfeld 7 0-0 17, Kate Potter 7 2-2 16, Ashley Larson 4 0-0 8, Nicole Fenumiai 0 0-0 0, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 14-20 69.

CHUGIAK 15 16 9 18 5 8 - 71

JUNEAU 19 9 15 15 5 6 - 69

3-point goals - Chugiak 4 (Campoamor 2, Dubin 1, Griffin 1), Juneau-Douglas 5 (Rehfeld 3, Rhea 2). Fouled out - Chugiak 1 (Campoamor), Juneau-Douglas 2 (Garvey, Potter). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Chugiak 17, Juneau-Douglas 24.

THUNDERBIRDS 58,

CRIMSON BEARS 56

Friday's girls game from East Anchorage

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (56) - Talisa Rhea 1 0-0 2, Lexi Garvey 7 0-0 17, Jordan Harvey 0 0-0 0, Kerstin Kimlinger 1 1-1 3, Sophia Smith 0 0-0 0, Mary Rehfeld 7 1-1 18, Kate Potter 3 3-4 9, Ashley Larson 3 1-1 7, Nicole Fenumiai 0 0-0 0, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 6-7 56.

EAST ANCHORAGE (58) - Ashley Smith 0 0-0 0, Aiesha Ailey-Brown 6 5-8 17, Trisha Trumble 2 0-0 4, Erika Dye 0 0-0 0, Katelyn Stearns 4 2-2 10, Sheena Pio 0 0-0 0, Ariel Tweto 3 6-7 13, Maggie Burgess 5 4-7 14. Totals: 20 17-24 58.

JUNEAU 15 23 10 8 - 56

EAST 7 16 16 19 - 58

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 6 (Rehfeld 3, Garvey 3), East Anchorage 1 (Tweto 1). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Potter), East Anchorage 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 21, Service 8.



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