The Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team beat Columbine 47-38 on Thursday in the first matchup of a three-game road trip to Colorado for the Crimson Bears.
"It's really, really nice for our kids to play somebody different, and we just played a girl who averages about 28 points a game," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. "We ran a couple of players at her, and we did a pretty good job containing her. She's scores the majority of their points."
The Crimson Bears (7-1, 3-1) held a slim, one-point lead at the break, 20-19, and pulled away in the second half behind another good defensive effort.
"I didn't run the quantity of subs we normally run," Knight said. "The younger part of the bench played a JV game so I didn't play them at all. So we weren't as deep, and only played eight kids the entire game, which is a little unusual for my style. It affected us being able to run at them. We had to be a little more under control.
"With the elevation here, our kids were sucking air."
Knight said Columbine (5-8) played a similar style to JDHS, and the Bears matched up well with the Rebels.
"They had a really good point guard who they double screened for. So our post players did a pretty good job of flashing and helping with their point guard that pulls up and shoots threes," she said. "Offensively, we just had a consistent game. We didn't do anything dynamic or go on any big runs. We just played consistently.
"We went on a little run in the third quarter, but that was more about containing Columbine."
Senior wing Emily Johnson made her long-awaited return after a rehabbing a torn ACL suffered in late July during an AAU game. Knight said Johnson was expectedly rusty.
"She's coming off the bench and just getting into the flow of things," she said. "She played OK. She needs some game experience. She had a couple of points, but it's a little faster pace than practice."
Brittany Fenumiai scored 14 points to lead the Bears, while Taylor Larson added 10.
JDHS is off today and will travel to watch Colorado State University-Pueblo's game, and then play Pueblo East and Pueblo South on Saturday.
Knight said she hopes to get Columbine up to Juneau for a game some day.
"Columbine treated us incredibly; they gave us shirts and really welcomed us," she said. "Everybody has pumped us for information about how incredible the opportunity is for us to come down here. We're extending invitations for all of them to come up."
Boys add Saturday game
A late addition has been made to the Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball schedule, as the Crimson Bears will take on Haines at 6 p.m. Saturday at JDHS. The school is accepting donations for admission.
Ketchikan 69, Soldotna 56; boys
Southeast Conference member Ketchikan rallied from a 33-21 halftime deficit for a 69-56 boys' basketball win over Soldotna on Thursday.
Jeff Whicker scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half as the Kings (10-3, 3-1) stormed past the Stars 25-9 in the third quarter, and 23-14 in the fourth. Tyller Bell scored 14, and Chas Allen 13. The trio combined to shoot 9 of 12 from behind the arc, where the Kings outscored the Stars 30-18.
Ketchikan 56, Palmer 40; girls
Crystal Blair scored 19 points, hauled in eight rebounds and nabbed five steals as Ketchikan upended Palmer 56-40 in the opening round of the Lady T-bird Classic at East High.
The Kings will face another Northern Lights Conference team, the Colony Knights, in today's 5:45 p.m. semifinals.