Crimson Bears' girls look to continue playing tough defense as the Cougars come to town

Juneau-Douglas is undefeated when it holds opponents to less than 50 points

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will try to extend its three-game winning streak as it hosts Service this weekend.

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Tonight's tip-off is 6:15 p.m., Saturday's game will start at 3:15 p.m.

The Crimson Bears (10-3, 4-0 Southeast) just came off two tough wins at Ketchikan last weekend.

While Juneau-Douglas has been playing shorthanded the last couple of weeks because of injuries suffered by Brittany Fenumiai and Mahlet Tingley, the Crimson Bears have responded by turning up the defensive intensity.

In Juneau's last three wins, coach Lesslie Knight's team has limited opponents to an average of 42 points per game.

In fact, the Crimson Bears' fortunes are intertwined with how well they play team defense. When JDHS gives up 50 points or more, the team is 2-3. Conversely, the Crimson Bears are 8-0 when holding opponents to less than 50 points.

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Who: Service vs. No. 4 JDHS.

When: 6:15 p.m. tonight, 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

Where: JDHS gym.

What's at stake: The Crimson Bears look to continue their three-game win streak while the Cougars have won three of their last four contests.

Senior guard and two-time state player of the year Talisa Rhea leads the team in scoring.

Service (4-3, 3-1 Cook Inlet) heads into this weekend's series winning three of its last four games.

The Cougars opened the season by losing to Kodiak and West Valley in December, but rallied to beat Eagle River, West Anchorage and defending state champion Dimond. Chugiak snapped Service's winning streak Tuesday with a 42-35 win.

Service is led by 2005 all-state tournament selection Sylvia Bullock. The 6-foot-1 junior post player is averaging double figures in both scoring and rebounding this season.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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