Juneau girls lose to East; take 2nd at T-Bird Classic

Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2001

The Juneau-Douglas girls basketball team found itself in a hole and the Crimson Bears couldn't dig out of it Saturday when East Anchorage grabbed a 14-point first-quarter lead and held on to win 63-50 in Saturday's finale of East's Thunderbird Classic.

The victory gave the host T-Birds the girls title in the tournament with a 3-0 record, while Juneau, Bartlett and Wasilla all tied for second place with 1-2 records. Juneau, which won a tie-breaker on defensive points allowed to claim second place in the tournament, beat Bartlett 59-53 on Friday and lost to Wasilla 53-48 in overtime on Thursday.

The East boys made it a complete sweep of the tournament titles, even though the top-ranked Thunderbirds were upset by Service 54-50 on Friday. East and Lathrop both finished the tournament with 2-1 records, but East won the title because of its head-to-head victory over the Malemutes. North Pole and Service both finished with 1-2 records, but North Pole took third place because the Patriots beat the Cougars in overtime.

After falling behind 22-8 at the end of the first quarter, Juneau (9-3 overall) showed it can play with the No. 1 Thunderbirds by staying even with East the rest of the way.

"We had a real bad start and I kind of expected it," Juneau coach Jim Hamey said. "But once we discovered they were human, we started following our gameplan and stayed even with them."

Courtney Mason's 15 points, including two 3-pointers, were not enough for Juneau, which could manage only 12 field goals compared to East's 23.

Hilary Rehfeld's nine points were matched by Kacie Murphy, who came off the bench to score her season high. Amy Neussl put in eight points and Danielle Larson finished off Juneau's high scorers with four points.

East Anchorage improved its record to 10-0 and most impressive is its average margin of victory -- over 50 points a game.

"East has some awsome talent. They're playing at a different level than everyone else," Hamey said. "Moral victories are not the best things in the world, but I'm happy with how they played after the first quarter."

In the Thunderbird Classic's other girls' games, Bartlett defeated Wasilla 61-40 on Saturday and on Friday East beat up on Wasilla 71-48.

Crimson Bears 59,

Golden Bears 53

Hilary Rehfeld scored 11 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Crimson Bears to a 59-53 come-from-behind victory over Bartlett in Friday's matchup at the Thunderbird Classic.

Juneau found themselves playing catch-up most of the game.

Mason took the opening tip-off and nailed a 3-pointer off the dribble to start things off, but the Crimson Bears found themselves down 10 at the end of the first quarter. They slowly cut into the lead until the fourth quarter, when Rehfeld broke it open for the Crimson Bears.

"Hilary went to work in the fourth," Hamey said. "We need her to do that for us to win. She's a big part of our offense."

Michael Kohan scored 11 and Mason and Neussl added nine and eight points respectively for Juneau. Kari Parr scored six and Larson put in two to round out the scoring for the Crimson Bears.

Bartlett was led by Chantel Fraizer with 24, followed by Letricia Castillo with 10 and Shanise Driver with seven points.

Thunderbirds 63,

Crimson Bears 50

Saturday's girls boxscore from the T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (50) -- Kari Parr 0 0-0 0, Suzanne Parr 0 1-3 1, Michael Kohan 1 0-0 2, Courtney Mason 4 5-5 15, Kendri Cesar 1 0-2 2, Anna Capacci 0 0-0 0, Amy Neussl 3 2-2 8, Kaci Murphy 3 1-1 9, Hilary Rehfeld 3 3-4 9, Danielle Larson 1 2-2 4. Totals: 12 14-19 50.

EAST (63) -- Christa Wilson 2 1-1 5, Tara Stevens 0 0-0 0, Karen Batke 0 0-0 0, Janessa Webb 1 2-4 5, Natalie Jones 8 1-3 18, Tenecia Macon 7 0-0 14, Ashley Mickens 1 1-3 3, Azella Perryman 6 6-7 18. Totals: 23 11-18 63.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 8 13 11 18 -- 50

EAST 22 14 10 17 -- 63

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 4 (Mason 2, Murphy 2), East 2 (Webb 1, Jones 1). Fouled out -- Juneau-Douglas none, East 1 (Jones). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 16, East 21.

Crimson Bears 59,

Golden Bears 53

Friday's girls boxscore from the T-Bird Classic at East Anchorage High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (59) -- Kari Parr 2 1-3 6, Suzanne Parr 0 0-0 0, Michael Kohan 4 2-3 11, Courtney Mason 2 5-7 9, Kendri Cesar 0 0-0 0, Anna Capacci 0 0-0 0, Amy Neussl 3 2-5 8, Kaci Murphy 0 0-0 0, Hilary Rehfeld 9 5-7 23, Danielle Larson 0 2-2 2. Totals: 18 17-27 59.

Bartlett (53) -- Jennifer Davidson 1 3-4 5, Erika Williams 0 0-0 0, Letricia Castillo 3 3-3 10, Meghan Hunsaker 1 0-0 2, Chantel Frazier 11 2-2 24, Shanise Driver 3 0-1 7, Jelila Abdul-Bassit 2 1-1 5, Michelle Govin 0 0-0 0, Christina Watson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 9-11 53.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 7 17 13 22 -- 59

Bartlett 17 10 14 12 -- 53

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 2 (Kohan 1, K. Parr 1), Bartlett 2 (Castillo 1, Driver 1). Fouled out -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (Kohan), Bartlett 2 (Abdul-Bassit, C. Watson). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 11, Bartlett 21.



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