Strong fourth quarter lifts Crimson Bears

Juneau-Douglas tops Service twice in pair of weekend contests

Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2007

The visiting Service High School girls basketball team played much better on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to prevent Juneau-Douglas from sweeping the weekend series.

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The Crimson Bears ended the game on a 9-3 run to win 51-43 on Saturday. On Friday, JDHS ran past Service 54-33.

"I think at halftime we realized we had to something about it," Crimson Bears forward Veronica Lietz said. "We kind of get down on ourselves, but I think we got it together in the third quarter."

Juneau-Douglas led by a much as nine points in the second half Saturday, but Service rallied back to nearly tie the game.

Cougars forward Sylvia Bullock converted a lay-up with three minutes left in regulation and sliced the Crimson Bears' lead to 42-40.

Holding the tenuous two-point lead, JDHS extended its offense and slowed down the game's tempo. This created enough room for Talisa Rhea to attack the rim.

Rhea hit a driving lay-up and knocked down 4 of 5 free throws to seal the win. Mahlet Tingley and Nicole Fenumiai also made free throws down the stretch.

"I was really excited when we cut it to two, then (JDHS coach Lesslie Knight) did a great thing by pulling the ball out and extending our defense and taking advantage with some of her quicker players against some of our slower girls," Service coach Curt Schmidt said.

Rhea finished with 17 points, four assists and three steals for JDHS (12-3). Lietz had 10 points and four boards while Kayla Harrison dished out a team-high six assists in the win.

Saturday's game started about three hours early due to travel arrangements by Service, but Juneau-Douglas was hot from the floor.

Lietz and Rhea drained long bank shots as the team raced to a 10-2 lead. JDHS cooled off, however, and made only two field goals in the second quarter to take a 23-16 halftime lead.

"We were just flat today," Lietz said. "I don't know if it was the difference in time. Even in warm-ups we were talking about how slow we felt."

Lietz helped Juneau regain its rhythm in the second half as she opened the third quarter with two jump shots. Freshman Corey Mulder hit a 3-pointer and Tingley drained a jumper as JDHS went up 38-28 after three quarters.

"(Knight) told us to talk on defense a lot more and take our shots," Tingley said. "In the first half, no one was taking any shots. Our shot selection got better."

On Friday, Juneau-Douglas dominated Service in perhaps the team's best performance of the season.

The Crimson Bears' defense hounded the Cougars into a scant 30 percent from the field. They also held Bullock to just 14 points and three rebounds.

"One of the things we talked about was to keep Sylvia Bullock off the boards," Knight said Friday. "Mulder and Nicole did a good job blocking out."

Offensively, Rhea enjoyed a monster night. The two-time state player of the year was one rebound shy of a triple-double - posted 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

Rhea scored 16 of her 26 points in the first quarter, including 13 in a row, as JDHS raced to a 20-6 lead against Service's 3-2 zone defense.

"We knew they had size so we did talk about being first and to jump on that," Knight said. "The kids also did an incredible job against their zone."

Lietz added eight points, six rebounds and three of Juneau's 14 steals. Harrison contributed seven points and Fenumiai added six points and four boards in the win.

JDHS also received a boost from the bench as Tingley returned after sitting out a couple weeks with a leg injury.

"It's huge," Knight said of having Tingley back. "With Mahlet, it gives Kayla breathers and keeps her fresh."

The Bears received good news regarding Brittany Fenumiai prior to Friday's game. Knight said the talented freshman underwent successful surgery Friday to repair the anterior cruciate ligament of her knee.

SATURDAY'S GAME

Juneau-Douglas 51, Service 43

JDHS 14 9 14 13 - 51

Service 8 8 12 15 - 43

JDHS (51) - Rhea 4-6 6-7 17, Hurtte 0-0 0-0 0, Tingley 1-2 2-2 4, Harrison 0-0 1-2 1, Lietz 4-12 2-2 10, Mulder 2-5 1-2 8, Pratt 0-0 0-0 0, Buck 0-0 0-0 0, Fenumiai 1-6 1-4 3, Doerflinger 3-6 2-4 8.

Service (43) - Edmunds 1-5 0-0 2, Sumabat 0-0 0-0 0, Bates 0-2 0-0 0, Lawson 0-0 0-0 0, Eldred 4-13 0-0 8, LaPointe 2-5 0-0 4, Zager 4-7 2-5 10, Bullock 7-15 5-7 19.

3-point shots - Juneau-Douglas 2-5 (Rhea 1-3, Lietz 0-1, Mulder 1-1); Service 0-1 (Edmunds 0-1).

Rebounds - Juneau-Douglas 30 (Fenumiai 6); Service 33 (Zager 7).

Assists - Juneau-Douglas 13 (Harrison 6); Service 6 (Eldred, Zager, Bullock 2).

Fouled out - Service, Bates; JDHS none.

FRIDAY'S GAME

Juneau-Douglas 54, Service 33

JDHS 20 9 20 5 - 54

Service 6 10 7 10 - 33

JDHS (54) - Rhea 7-8 3-4 26, Hurtte 2-2 0-0 4, Tingley 0-1 0-0 0, Harrison 2-3 0-0 7, Lietz 4-8 0-0 8, Mulder 0-3 1-2 1, Pratt 0-0 0-0 0, Buck 0-0 0-0 0, Fenumiai 3-6 0-0 6, Doerflinger 1-4 0-0 2.

Service (33) - Edmunds 0-0 1-3 1, Sumabat 0-0 0-0 0, Bates 3-8 1-2 7, Lawson 0-0 0-1 0, Eldred 3-14 2-2 8, LaPointe 1-2 0-0 2, Bullock 4-10 6-9 14.

3-point shots - JDHS 4-8 (Rhea 3-6, Harrison 1-2); Service 0-2 (Edmunds 0-1, Lawson 0-1).

Rebounds - JDHS 34 (Rhea 9); Service 20 (Eldred 5).

Assists - JDHS 15 (Rhea 10); Service 8 (Eldred 3).

Fouled out - none.



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