Senior forward Taylor Larson scored a career high 30 points in just 16 minutes to lead Juneau-Douglas to an 86-42 thumping of 3A Nome on the first day of the 13th Annual Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout in Anchorage.
The Crimson Bears now move on to the Gold Tournament, which is the winner’s bracket of the Shootout, and will face Kenai today at 4:30 p.m.
“They looked pretty athletic and had a good post player who scored 16 points, but they just couldn’t put it together,” JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said of Nome.
Knight said Larson dominated around the basket.
“We’ve been having her play as more of a trailer in our offense but today we sent her downcourt, and it was how we started the season off with the ball being reversed inside to her,” she said. “It was all inside moves and she was 15 of 24 (shooting from the field).”
Seniors Sarah Tarver and Hannah Swofford scored 12 points each. Tarver added seven assists and Swofford seven rebounds. Seniors Nani Ostrom added 11 points, Maria Weyhrauch eight, and Karli Brakes had nine assists.
Joining the Crimson Bears in the Gold Tournament is North Pole, West Valley, Colony, Wasilla, Kenai and host Dimond.
Wasilla rolled 69-22 over ACS, Colony drubbed Ketchikan 61-17, West Valley pounded East 65-45, North Pole edged Bartlett 42-38, Kenai knocked off South 51-34 and Dimond blasted Point Hope 54-10.
The losers all move on the to the Maroon Tournament.