Crimson Bears work overtime to beat host Wasilla

Talisa Rhea hits the game-winning shot as JDHS defeats the Warriors in two OTs

Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006

Talisa Rhea's 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining in the second overtime lifted the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team past host Wasilla 62-61 on Wednesday.

The junior scored 16 points in the game, and Lexi Garvey made 4-of-6 free throws in the two overtimes for the Crimson Bears (11-2).

After Anne Wesser missed a free throw with seconds left in the second overtime, JDHS grabbed the rebound and called a timeout trailing 61-59.

"We called a timeout and had drawn up a play," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. "It wasn't the best execution, but we got it to one of the two person we had it for."

Juneau-Douglas received some late heroics in the first overtime, as Veronica Lietz scored with 0.7 seconds left to force a second overtime.

Lietz had 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.

"We were just discussing how she's grown as a player," Knight said of Lietz. "It's an inspiration to the younger kids. She was a lower-end 'C' player and went from a lower-end 'C' player to last year being a JV player to now where she's really contributing."

With JDHS down 37-29 after three quarters of play, Rhea took control. She was shutout in the first three quarters, but she scored six points in the fourth. JDHS outscored Wasilla 13-5 in the final eight minutes to end regulation tied at 42-42.

The Crimson Bears went to the line 12 times in the fourth quarter, making seven.

"We took it inside and initiated the contact," Knight said. "We didn't shoot well from the free-throw line but we got there."

Garvey and Rhea did all of Juneau-Douglas' scoring in the second overtime. Rhea hit a 3-pointer and made a two-point basket while Garvey knocked down 3 of 4 free throws in the win.

Wasilla, ranked third in the state, raced to a 20-15 halftime lead behind junior Hillarie Putnam.

Putnam scored 12 of her game-high 25 points in the first half alone.

"Putnam is a tough player," Knight said. "She goes inside and pulls up the jumper pretty quick. She finishes on most everything."

Thursday's win was the first game of a four-day road trip for the Crimson Bears. JDHS takes on Colony today, before going back to Wasilla on Friday and finishing with West Anchorage on Saturday.

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