Crimson Bears earn Gold bracket berth

Posted: Thursday, February 04, 2010

Juneau-Douglas held up its end of the bargain during Wednesday's bracket play-in round of the 2010 Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout, cruising past Anchorage Christian56-40.

Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News

The win moved the Crimson Bears into the Gold Tournament bracket, along with Ketchikan, Colony, Chugiak, Dimond, Wasilla, and the winner of Wednesday's late games, Service-Grace and South-Lathrop.

Loser's of the day's play-in games move on to the Maroon Tournament bracket. Maroon bracket teams include ACS, Soldotna, West Valley, Kodiak, Sitka, Bartlett, and the losers of Wednesday's late games.

JDHS held a 14-11 lead after one quarter of play before opening things up in the second quarter, taking a 30-18 lead at the break. Bears coach Lesslie Knight said her team had trouble with ACS's Debbiey Simmers, who scored 22 points to lead all scorers on 8 of 13 shooting from the field, including 2 of 3 from the arc. She also had six boards, three assists and two steals.

"We had a little trouble shutting her down and that was a little disappointing," she said. "We used three or four different people on her and she still ended up with 22 points. But they stayed with us the first quarter and then we got a significant lead and ran a ton of stuff."

ACS kept pace in the second half but never threatened to get back into the game.

"Ten out of 13 kids scored for us, so it was a nice game to get warmed up with," Knight said. "Last time coming up here, on the day you travel, we don't tend to play very well. We're just thankful to come out with a win."

The Bears out-rebounded the Lions 33-24, and had 18 assists on 24 field goals.

"Rebounding was an area of focus for us yesterday," Knight said, "and I think our kids did a better job than they have recently."

Perhaps the only downside to the win was ACS's shooting, which was a blistering 47 percent from the field, and the Bears 20 turnovers.

"We did not really pressure them enough, and they had easy looks when they got shots. It wasn't like they really had to work for (shots)," Knight said. "And then in this case, we tended to go inside and most of the turnovers were in the paint.

"It wasn't in a fast-break situation, so what we did a lot was put the ball on the floor in the paint and lost it that way."

Taylor Larson was the player of the game, scoring 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulling down five boards with an assist and a steal.

"They played a zone so it wasn't as easy to get the ball inside, but I think we had a little bit of an advantage," she said. "I think we did a really good job working the ball in from the wing. Brittany (Fenumiai) had a good outside game today, and we tried to run and gun as much as we could.

"We didn't do our best defensively, but when we did, we played pretty well."

Fenumiai led the Bears with 15 points and six boards, also chipping in three assists and two steals.

Karli Brakes had seven assists and five points.

The Bears will face Chugiak today at 2:45 p.m. Chugiak defeated Kodiak in a 38-33 game that went down to the wire.

"It was within a point to the last minute, so it will be interesting to see what happens (today)," Knight said. "That was a low-scoring game. Chugiak has been a power up here for a few years but they might be down a little bit this year.

"Typically, they are a run-and-gun team that plays really hard and has very capable outside shooters," she continued. "They tend to have a strong inside-out game and they're very well coached, so we'll see what they end up doing tomorrow."

Kings cruise

Southeast Conference rival Ketchikan jumped on Soldotna in the early going and never looked back, cruising to a 57-37 victory behind 21 point from Ciara Patton and 18 from Crystal Blair.

Scoreboard

Ketchikan 57, Soldotna 37

Juneau-Douglas 56, Anchorage Christian 40

Colony 47, West Valley 29

Chugiak 38, Kodiak 33

Dimond 58, Sitka 38

Wasilla 49, Bartlett 19

Service vs. Grace (late game)

South vs. Lathrop (late game)

JDHS, Ketchikan move on to winner's bracket

Juneau-Douglas held up its end of the bargain during Wednesday's bracket play-in round of the 2010 Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout, cruising past Anchorage Christian 56-40.

The win moved the Crimson Bears into the Gold Tournament bracket, along with Ketchikan, Colony, Chugiak, Dimond, Wasilla, and the winner of Wednesday's late games, Service-Grace and South-Lathrop.

Loser's of the day's play-in games move on to the Maroon Tournament bracket. Maroon bracket teams include ACS, Soldotna, West Valley, Kodiak, Sitka, Bartlett, and the losers of Wednesday's late games.

JDHS held a 14-11 lead after one quarter of play before opening things up in the second quarter, taking a 30-18 lead at the break. Bears coach Lesslie Knight said her team had trouble with ACS's Debbiey Simmers, who scored 22 points to lead all scorers on 8 of 13 shooting from the field, including 2 of 3 from the arc. She also had six boards, three assists and two steals.

"We had a little trouble shutting her down and that was a little disappointing," she said. "We used three or four different people on her and she still ended up with 22 points. But they stayed with us the first quarter and then we got a significant lead and ran a ton of stuff."

ACS kept pace in the second half but never threatened to get back into the game.

"Ten out of 13 kids scored for us, so it was a nice game to get warmed up with," Knight said. "Last time coming up here, on the day you travel, we don't tend to play very well. We're just thankful to come out with a win."

The Bears out-rebounded the Lions 33-24, and had 18 assists on 24 field goals.

"Rebounding was an area of focus for us yesterday," Knight said, "and I think our kids did a better job than they have recently."

Perhaps the only downside to the win was ACS's shooting, which was a blistering 47 percent from the field, and the Bears 20 turnovers.

"We did not really pressure them enough, and they had easy looks when they got shots. It wasn't like they really had to work for (shots)," Knight said. "And then in this case, we tended to go inside and most of the turnovers were in the paint.

"It wasn't in a fast-break situation, so what we did a lot was put the ball on the floor in the paint and lost it that way."

Taylor Larson was the player of the game, scoring 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulling down five boards with an assist and a steal.

"They played a zone so it wasn't as easy to get the ball inside, but I think we had a little bit of an advantage," she said. "I think we did a really good job working the ball in from the wing. Brittany (Fenumiai) had a good outside game today, and we tried to run and gun as much as we could.

"We didn't do our best defensively, but when we did, we played pretty well."

Fenumiai led the Bears with 15 points and six boards, also chipping in three assists and two steals.

Karli Brakes had seven assists and five points.

The Bears will face Chugiak today at 2:45 p.m. Chugiak defeated Kodiak in a 38-33 game that went down to the wire.

"It was within a point to the last minute, so it will be interesting to see what happens (today)," Knight said. "That was a low-scoring game. Chugiak has been a power up here for a few years but they might be down a little bit this year.

"Typically, they are a run-and-gun team that plays really hard and has very capable outside shooters," she continued. "They tend to have a strong inside-out game and they're very well coached, so we'll see what they end up doing tomorrow."

Kings cruise

Southeast Conference rival Ketchikan jumped on Soldotna in the early going and never looked back, cruising to a 57-37 victory behind 21 point from Ciara Patton and 18 from Crystal Blair.

Scoreboard

Ketchikan 57, Soldotna 37

Juneau-Douglas 56, Anchorage Christian 40

Colony 47, West Valley 29

Chugiak 38, Kodiak 33

Dimond 58, Sitka 38

Wasilla 49, Bartlett 19

Service vs. Grace (late game)

South vs. Lathrop (late game)



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