The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team defeated the Wasilla Warriors 50-36 Friday night to their three-game northern road trip unbeaten.
The Bears jumped out to an early lead and led at the half 20-14.
The Warriors responded, matching JDHS shot for shot in the period and the lead remained at 6, at 32-26, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bears, led by Talisa Rhea, put the game away in the final quarter, outscoring Wasilla 18-10.
Rhea dominated the scoring, putting up 33 of the Bears 50 points. It was Rhea's impressive 12 of 13 from the foul line that enabled the Crimson Bears to stay ahead of the pursuing Warriors down the stretch.
On defense, the Bears shut down Wasilla's star player Hillary Putnam, limiting her to only 10 points on the night after Putnam registered 25 against the Bears on Wednesday.
For most of the game, Putnam was guarded by the Bear's Veronica Lietz, who turned in a superb defensive effort, including six rebounds on the night.
"Lietz has stepped up this year as our top defender," Bears coach Lessie Knight said. "Especially considering we often match her against the other team's best offensive player." "She did a great job holding Putnam to 10 points tonight."
"I was very proud of all of our girls' defensive effort tonight."
The Bears committed only 11 fouls on the night and controlled the boards throughout the contest, winning the rebounding edge 34-23.
Simply put by Knight, "We had control of game from the start and we simply never gave it up."
The Bears shot 43 percent from the field. The Warriors shot 32 percent.
JDHS will be at home to face Sitka on Feb. 17 and 18.
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