Crimson Bears stay perfect in conference play with two tough wins over Ketchikan

Rhea pours in 33 points in Saturday's 58-52 win

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team overcame a determined Ketchikan squad twice to earn a pair of Southeast Conference wins this weekend.

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The visiting Crimson Bears nipped the previously undefeated Lady Kings 58-52 Saturday and 41-37 on Friday.

"They're fast, they play hard and they're intense," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said of Ketchikan. "They're doing a good job."

On Saturday, Juneau trailed 33-21 at halftime before the Crimson Bears heated up from outside.

JDHS took a 45-43 lead and iced the win by knocking down long-range jumpers. Talisa Rhea hit three 3-pointers and Kayla Harrison added two 3s in the fourth quarter for JDHS (10-2, 4-0 Southeast).

The Bears outscored Ketchikan 24-10 in the third quarter and 39-19 in the second half to pick up the win.

Rhea led all scorers Saturday with 33 points, including five 3-pointers. She was also 10 of 12 from the free throw line.

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Harrison added 12 points while Nicole Fenumiai posted seven points and 10 boards in the win.

"Nicole Fenumiai hit the boards hard," Knight said. "She had 10 rebounds and several were key offensive rebounds."

Saturday's game started late as the Juneau's junior varsity needed to work triple overtime to defeat Ketchikan.

Jamie Edwardson led the Lady Kings (9-2, 0-2) with 20 points. Tara Hoffman added 10 points and freshman point guard Laci Effenberger posted eight points and six assists in the loss.

On Friday, Fenumiai scored a team-high 14 points as JDHS handed Ketchikan its first loss of the season.

"It was kind of back and forth the whole game," Knight said. "We kind of took control in the fourth."

Rhea scored 11 points in the win as Knight said she was the subject of frequent double and triple teams.

"The nice thing was she was working well with her teammates," Knight said of Rhea. "Ketchikan was putting a hell of a lot of pressure on her. They would jump in and double team her when they could, and every time she penetrated they would triple team her. But the good news is she was able to feed Nicole and Nicole finished."

Friday's halftime score was knotted at 21 before Juneau pulled away for the win.

• Editor's note: Look in Monday's edition for the varsity box scores and a roundup of the boys and girls junior varsity and C division action. Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at

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