Another day, another demolition.
Juneau-Douglas held Lathrop without a field goal for the first 14 minutes Friday and it was all Crimson Bears, 62-24 over the visiting Malemutes in nonconference girls’ basketball at JDHS.
Lathrop had trouble even advancing the ball past half court until Juneau-Douglas mercifully came out of its full-court press, and the Malemutes scored only from the free throw line in the first quarter and first six minutes of the second as the Bears built a 33-8 lead by halftime.
“We wanted to try to get a big lead and get some experience for the younger girls. We just tried to work through plays and set up our offense,” said senior point guard Karli Brakes, who spearheaded the defensive attack with six steals. “We wanted to go as hard as we could all the time and keep our wind up to get ready for those bigger teams.”
The Crimson Bears had a clear height advantage, with just one Lathrop player standing taller than 5-foot-8, and JDHS crashed the boards. The Bears outrebounded the Malemutes 48-31, scoring 19 second-chance points.
JDHS also scored 28 points off 27 turnovers, and tallied 20 steals.
Sophomore Esra Siddeek scored a lay-up just seconds after the opening tip, and JDHS never looked back. Lapthrop quickly got its first point on an Alisha Allen free throw, but three straight steals, two by Brakes and one by Siddeek, led to two stickbacks and a lay-up inside for an 8-1 JDHS lead.
Another turnover netted Sarah Tarver a lay-up, Nani Ostrom made a couple of free throws and Brakes bounced a pass across the lane on the break for a Maria Weyhrauch lay-up and a 14-1 Bears lead.
Alicia Brawley made two free throws at the 2:21-mark for Lathrop, but Hannah Swofford scored a putback and Siddeek scored four straight to close the first period with JDHS comfortably ahead, 20-3.
The Bears went up 26-3 after scoring the first six points of the second quarter on a Tarver lay-up, a Taylor Larson stickback and a long jumper for Ostrom before Lindsey Taylor stopped the spurt with a free throw for Lathrop. JDHS led 31-4 when the Malemutes got their first field goal of the night, an and-1 inside for Brawley with 2:05 left in the first half.
JDHS completely emptied its bench by the 4:12-mark of the second quarter. Freshman Kaitlin Fagerstrom checked in and scored a long jumper for the Bears, and Juneau-Douglas led 33-8 at the break after scoring 21 points off turnovers in the first half alone.
JDHS outscored Lathrop 17-8 in the third quarter, and 12-8 over the final eight minutes.
Eleven of 12 Bears scored on the night, led by Ostrom’s 10 points, including 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Ostrom also was part of a three-way tie for the team lead in assists with four.
Larson scored eight points and pulled down 10 boards in addition to two steals. Tarver scored eight with five boards, three steals and two blocks, and Jessica Glenn, Siddeek and Swofford scored six points each. Swofford also had six boards and four assists.
The only downside for the Crimson Bears was their perimeter shooting, where JDHS shot just 1-for-13. The Malemutes made just 8 of 37 shots from the field, including 2 of 15 in the first half.
The charitable Bears also shared the ball, racking up 16 assists on 25 field goals.
“We’re really team-oriented,” said Brakes, who had four assists. “If you don’t have the open shot, give it up to the post. If the posts don’t have an open shot, they kick it back out to the guards.”
JDHS (13-1, 2-0) is at Thunder Mountain at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a Southeast Conference clash.
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