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JDHS girls split with Kayhi

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008

It's been more than a five-year wait, but the Ketchikan High School girls basketball team finally got the best of its Southeast Conference rivals.

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Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

The Lady Kings snapped a 29-game losing streak to Juneau-Douglas High School with a 48-45 win on Saturday. The last time Ketchikan beat the Crimson Bears was Jan. 18, 2002.

The win secured a series split as Juneau-Douglas upended Kayhi 58-54 on Friday.

"What's exciting is we're growing up as a team," Ketchikan second-year coach Melissa Johnson said. "A lot of times we get ahead and then we'll lose our cool at the end. We didn't lose our cool. We focused. We made our free throws when we needed to. ... I'm so proud of them because they had a heck of a game in another town."

Juneau-Douglas (9-7, 3-1 Southeast) made numerous runs at Ketchikan in the second half but the Kings found an answer each time.

The Kings (11-5, 1-1) made 14 of 17 free throws in the second half and didn't allow a raucous crowd or the Crimson Bears' energy to derail their focus.

"The main thing was we improved on what we needed to do from (Friday)," Ketchikan point guard Laci Effenberger said. "We played as a team. We had no superstars. We were a team."

With the scored tied 25-25 with 2:11 left in the third quarter, Ketchikan went on a 8-0 run to head into the fourth quarter. Kalli Kline was fouled while making a 3-pointer and sunk the ensuing free throw to key the run.

In the fourth quarter, JDHS rallied from a 10-point deficit to cut the lead to 35-33 as Kayla Harrison made a 3-pointer with 3:41 left in regulation. Kayhi immediately struck back, however, as Kristen Peterson hit a layup and Effenberger drained a 3-point shot to restore an eight-point lead.

JDHS got within one point of Kayhi with 50 seconds left, but the Lady Kings made their free throws down the stretch to finally top the Bears.

Alexis Edwardson led Kayhi with 16 points and made 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter.

"I'm excited they learned to get over the hump in the middle of the season and understand they need to hold on to the ball and make them foul us because we're a great free-throw shooting team," Johnson said.

Juneau-Douglas struggled against Ketchikan's trapping defense throughout the first half. Effenberger and Alexis Edwardson frequently double-teamed the Bears' ball-handlers on the perimeter, but proved quick enough to deny passes in the post.

"It seemed different than the other games we played in," Juneau's Brittany Fenumiai said. "Maybe because it's Ketchikan and our rival. It was a way faster pace."

Juneau-Douglas trailed 10-6 after the first quarter and 20-16 at halftime.

Annette Highley gave Juneau-Douglas a defensive boost off the bench. She scored eight points as she forced a number of Ketchikan turnovers.

Ultimately, however, Ketchikan's poise down the stretch and persistent defense won the day.

On Friday, JDHS receive a terrific effort from its lone senior in a four-point win.

Nicole Fenumiai scored a team-high 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting to pace JDHS. She also had three rebounds in the win.

Brittany Fenumiai had 11 points and four offensive rebounds while Harrison added 11 points.

Sophomore guard Mahlet Tingley scored eight points and made all four of her free throws in the win.

Edwardson led Ketchikan with 20 points while Kline added 12 points. The Kings made 7 of 19 3-point shots in the loss.

JDHS led 20-15 after the first quarter and 27-24 at halftime.

The Southeast Conference race may be as intense as ever, not only this year, but in years to come. Both JDHS and Kayhi are filled with freshmen and sophomores as both teams play with intensity and grit.

JDHS with close up the home portion of its schedule next weekend against Sitka. The Bears defeated Sitka twice on Jan. 18-19.

SATURDAY'S GAME

Ketchikan 48, Juneau-Douglas 45

JDHS 6 10 9 20 - 45

Ketchikan 10 10 13 15 - 48

JDHS (45)-Johnson 4 0-0 4, Dierick 0 0-0 0, Tingley 3 0-0 3, B. Fenumiai 9 0-0 9, Brakes 2 2-2 4, Harrison 6 0-0 6, Tarver 0 0-0 0, Highley 6 2-4 8, Larson 2 0-0 2, N. Fenumiai 6 3-3 9, Swofford 0 0-0 0.

Ketchikan (48)-Peterson 7 0-1 7, Manabat 0 0-0 0, Effenberger 10 4-6 14, Watson 0 0-0 0, Edwardson 8 8-10 16, Ortiz 0 0-2 0, Reno 0 2-2 2, Kline 9 1-1 9, Covault 0 0-0 0.

3-point Goals-JDHS 4 (Harrison 2). Ketchikan 5 (Effenberger, Kline 2).

Fouled out-None.

FRIDAY'S GAME

Juneau-Douglas 58, Ketchikan 54

JDHS 20 7 15 16 - 58

Ketchikan 15 9 13 17 - 54

JDHS (58)-Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Dierick 0-0 0-0 0, Tingley 2-3 4-4 8, B. Fenumiai 2-4 1-2 11, Brakes 1-2 1-2 3, Harrison 1-3 6-9 11, Tarver 1-5 3-4 5, Highley 1-3 2-4 4, Larson 2-5 0-0 4, N. Fenumiai 5-7 2-3 12, Swofford 0-0 0-0 0.

Ketchikan (54)-Peterson 1-7 1-3 3, Effenberger 0-3 0-3 9, Watson 0-0 0-0 0, Edwardson 5-7 4-4 20, Manabat 0-0 0-0 0, Covault 0-4 2-4 2, Reno 2-3 0-0 4, Ortiz 2-2 0-0 4, Kline 2-2 2-2 12.

3-point Goals-JDHS 3-8 (B. Fenumiai 2-4, Harrison 1-1, Tingley 0-3). Ketchikan 7-19 (Effenberger 3-9, Edwardson 2-3, Kline 2-6, Peterson 0-1).

Rebounds-JDHS 32 (Tarver 7). Ketchikan 27 (Covault 6).

Assists-JDHS 13 (Tingley, B. Fenumiai

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.



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