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Defense rules for Bears

Juneau girls sweep Ketchikan

Posted: Sunday, January 30, 2005

The Ketchikan and Juneau-Douglas girls high school basketball teams had the chance to scout each other earlier this month when both squads played at the same Anchorage tournament.

But when the region rivals finally faced each other this weekend, Juneau quickly rendered Kayhi's preparations obsolete.

The Crimson Bears played some of their best defense of the season on the way to a pair of commanding wins over the visiting Kings in the conference openers for both teams. Juneau won 52-31 on Friday and 69-28 on Saturday at the JDHS main gym.

"It's huge to send a message that we're still here and we're ready for anybody," said Juneau sophomore Talisa Rhea, who scored a game-high 22 points on Saturday, and had 10 points and six steals on Friday. "These were some of our better defensive games all year. We really picked it up."

"I think Juneau is the best team in the state right now," Kayhi coach Bob Hammer said. "We saw them two weeks ago, and we did not see the team we saw the past two nights."

Juneau improved its season record to 7-4, 2-0 Southeast Conference, while Ketchikan - which had been ranked ahead of Juneau in state polls - fell to 10-3, 0-2 SE.

All weekend long, Juneau's defensive pressure forced Ketchikan turnovers and sparked the Crimson Bears' offense. Over the two games, Juneau held a 31-16 edge in steals.

"The defense makes the offense come together better, and we definitely feed off that," Rhea said after Friday's win.

Ketchikan took a 7-4 lead two minutes into Saturday's game, but Rhea and senior Mary Rehfeld hit back-to-back 3-pointers - both from the right corner, both on assists from junior Lexi Garvey - to put Juneau up 10-7.

The Crimson Bears did not lose the lead the rest of the way, thanks to a 23-0 run in the second quarter.

"The first half, we totally had control of our offense," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said. "We executed and finished."

Juneau held Ketchikan scoreless for more than 11 minutes, stretching from the late first quarter into the early part of the second half. Ketchikan had some opportunities to score from the free-throw line, but had trouble converting and finished 6-of-20 for the game.

Ketchikan outscored Juneau 10-1 in the third quarter as the Crimson Bears tried out some new combinations on the floor, but the Kings still trailed 46-22 entering the final period.

Rhea went on a tear to start the fourth, completing a three-point play, a 3-pointer, a driving layup and a jumper in the first 2:22 to put Juneau ahead 56-24. Midway through the period, Garvey delighted the crowd by emerging from a pileup at midcourt with a steal and driving for a layup. She was fouled, and completed the three-point play.

Knight said defensive contributions from Garvey and Sophia Smith made a big difference in the games.

"You see them building some confidence, and we're seeing some chemistry," Knight said of the team. "It's not just two or three players. It's eight or 10 players" working together.

Rehfeld added 14 points, Garvey had 12 and Smith scored eight points for Juneau. Tory Edwardson scored 11 points - including a pair of 3-pointers - and Kate Geldaker added seven for Kayhi.

On Friday, Juneau jumped out to a 21-2 lead after the first quarter. The Crimson Bears were able to penetrate Ketchikan's zone defense for a number of drives to the basket throughout the game.

The Crimson Bears led 31-13 at halftime, and started the second half strong as Rhea stole the ball and ran the length of the floor for a layup. Garvey followed with a high, arcing 3-pointer, and Juneau took a 43-17 lead into the fourth quarter.

Garvey led all scorers with 14 points, and Smith and Rehfeld added six points apiece.

Jamie Edwardson led Ketchikan with eight points, while Laura West chipped in six.

Juneau will travel to Sitka for a pair of games this weekend before returning home to host Colony for Homecoming on Feb. 11-12.

"It's really nice to be 2-0 in conference," Knight said. "We're excited to go to Sitka and see what they have."

Ketchikan got the better of Juneau in junior varsity and C team games. On Friday, the Ketchikan JV beat the Juneau 39-30 as West and Karin Voetberg scored seven points apiece for the Kings. Nellie Metcalfe led Juneau with seven points. On Saturday, the Kayhi JV won 48-35 with 10 points from Voetberg. Andrea Doerflinger scored 11 points and Veronica Lietz added 10 for Juneau.

Kayhi's C team won 53-27 on Friday behind 17 points from Leanna West. Jessica Ritchie scored seven points for Juneau. On Saturday, the Ketchikan C team won 36-27 as Heather Gatti scored 10 points. Ashliegh Wilwert led Juneau with seven points.

• Andrew Krueger can be reached at andrew.krueger@juneauempire.com. Shannon Smith contributed to this report.

JDHS GIRLS BASKETBALL

CRIMSON BEARS 69, KINGS 28

Saturday's girls game from JDHS

KETCHIKAN (28) - Raquelle Pahang 1 1-2 3, Irene Pahang 0 0-1 0, Karin Voetberg 0 0-0 0, Larissa Otness 1 0-2 2, Lindy Henrick 0 1-3 1, Tory Edwardson 4 1-2 11, Laura West 1 1-3 3, Stacia Miller 0 0-0 0, KC Greenup 0 0-0 0, Jamie Edwardson 0 1-2 1, Crystal Reno 0 0-1 0, Kate Geldaker 3 1-4 7, Marta Geldaker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 6-20 28.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (69) - Talisa Rhea 8 4-5 22, Lexi Garvey 3 5-7 12, Kerstin Kimlinger 2 0-0 4, Sophia Smith 2 3-7 8, Mary Rehfeld 5 2-3 14, Kate Potter 1 0-0 2, Veronica Lietz 1 0-0 2, Maddie Swofford 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 0 2-2 2, Nicole Fenumiai 0 1-2 1, Andrea Doerflinger 0 2-2 2. Totals: 22 19-28 69.

KETCHIKAN 12 0 10 6 - 28

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 22 23 1 23 - 69

3-point goals - Ketchikan 2 (T. Edwardson 2), Juneau-Douglas 6 (Rhea 2, Rehfeld 2, Garvey, Smith). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Ketchikan 22, Juneau-Douglas 21.

CRIMSON BEARS 52, KINGS 31

Friday's girls game from JDHS

KETCHIKAN (31) - Raquelle Pahang 0 0-0 0, Larissa Otness 0 0-0 0, Lindy Henrick 0 0-0 0, Tory Edwardson 1 0-0 3, Laura West 2 2-5 6, Stacia Miller 0 2-5 2, KC Greenup 2 0-3 4, Jamie Edwardson 2 4-5 8, Crystal Reno 1 2-4 4, Kate Geldaker 1 2-4 4. Totals: 9 12-26 31.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (52) - Talisa Rhea 4 2-3 10, Lexi Garvey 5 2-2 14, Kerstin Kimlinger 2 0-2 4, Sophia Smith 3 0-2 6, Mary Rehfeld 2 2-3 6, Kate Potter 2 1-2 5, Veronica Lietz 1 1-2 3, Maddie Swofford 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 0 0-0 0, Nicole Fenumiai 2 0-2 4, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 8-18 52.

KETCHIKAN 2 11 4 14 - 31

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 21 10 12 9 - 52

3-point goals - Ketchikan 1 (T. Edwardson), Juneau-Douglas 2 (Garvey 2). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Ketchikan 14, Juneau-Douglas 24.



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