The Crimson Bears upset the undefeated Wasilla Warriors Friday night 51-46.
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Talisa Rhea dominated the scoring with 32 points and shot 14 for 14 from the free throw line. After a tough point exchange, the score was tied at 23 at half-time.
The Warriors gained the lead in the third, but then the Bears roared back in the fourth quarter with Rhea scoring 19 points.
"It was amazing to see how much they've improved, and the Wasilla game was the best of the season so far," coach Lesslie Knight said.
Kayla Harrison was awarded player of the game.
The win over Wasilla sent JDHS to battle Diamond High School on Saturday night. Diamond defeated South to reach the game. The Crimson Bears all pitched in to win 50-33, with every player scoring. Knight said this was "huge progress and there was big improvement in the younger players."
At the end of the third quarter, the Bears were up 33-27 and then they increased the lead in the fourth, scoring 17 points to the Diamonds' 6. Talisa Rhea scored 12 points, Mahlet Tingley and Kayla Harrison both scored 8 points, Veronica Lietz scored 7, Nicole Fenumiai, 6, Corey Mulder, 4, Hannah Buck, 3, and Andrea Doerflinger had 2. Mahlet Tingley was awarded player of the game.
All Tournament awards went to Veronica Lietz and Nicole Fenumiai. Talisa Rhea racked up three awards receiving MVP, Free Throw Highest Percentage and Most Points.