It was only a few minutes after Friday night's humbling 50-33 loss to the unranked Colony Knights, and Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball coach Jim Hamey was sitting in his office trying to watch a videotape of the game through the viewfinder of his camera.
Hamey was seeking answers as to what went wrong for his No. 4 Crimson Bears, who proved to be no match for Colony center Jessica Moore after she scored 26 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots in the opener of the two-game homecoming series. Juneau did a better job containing Moore in Saturday's rematch, holding her to 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, but it wasn't enough as Colony won 49-44 to complete the sweep.
``I'm extremely disappointed,'' Hamey said Friday night as he studied his film. ``But it's 100-percent my fault. I did not get the team ready to play. I just don't understand how we cannot be up for a game like this, in front of a good crowd on homecoming weekend. We're not the kind of team that can dominate teams on the court. We have to spit and dive and bleed.''
Juneau played with more intensity Saturday, but still had problems getting its offense going. Colony, which has been to five of the last six state championship games (winning three), was struggling this season as it entered the series.
``I was happy last night winning one,'' said Colony coach Don Witzel, who said he worried his team might come out of the series with a 4-9 record. ``These two games will be helping us out a lot.''
The unranked Knights (6-7) lost three key players to injuries earlier in the year, but this weekend Kelly Quinn returned to action to give Colony an offensive option besides Moore, who will play for No. 1 Connecticut next season. Quinn scored 10 points and dished out 12 assists Friday, and Saturday she scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. McKenzie Menard added 11 points for the Knights in Saturday's game, hitting a couple of key 3-pointers.
But it was the play of Moore, especially on Friday, that was the talk of the weekend. Moore had 15 points by halftime in Friday's game, as she took advantage of Juneau's reluctance to double- and triple-team her like other opponents. Juneau tried a help-defense, with Anya Carlson-Van Dort guarding Moore in the low post and Juneau's other forwards supposed to help with double-teams. But Moore was able to use her speed and leaping ability (she's the current state triple jump champion) to lead Colony down the floor on breakaways.
``I was really surprised,'' Moore said. ``I felt really free to do things. It's been a struggle, and we really haven't played well this year. But everybody's starting to click.''
In Saturday's game, the Crimson Bears (11-5) did a better job with its help defense, even though Carlson-Van Dort picked up three quick fouls and had to sit out most of the first half. Hilary Rehfeld, a 6-foot-0 sophomore, replaced Carlson-Van Dort and at halftime matched Moore with four points each.
``I think we played much better tonight,'' Rehfeld said. ``We played hard and we were more into it. Yesterday, we weren't ready to play. We're going to practice hard this week.''
``I don't think we expected them to come in and play like that,'' Juneau guard Courtney Mason said.
Despite only scoring three points in the first quarter of Saturday's game, trailing 13-3 at the break, Juneau still had a chance to pull out a victory. Juneau trailed 47-39 when Moore fouled out with 1 minute, 9 seconds left, but Carlson-Van Dort missed both of her free throws. Krystle Llanto made a steal and scored, and Tanya Nizich hit a 3-pointer to make it 47-44 with 28.3 seconds left. But Nizich was called for a foul with 19.2 seconds left and Quinn made both her free throws for a fivepoint Colony lead. Nizich got off three 3-point shots in the final seconds, but all of them missed.
Nizich led Juneau with 16 points and three steals Saturday, plus she led Juneau with 15 points, five assists and five rebounds on Friday. Liz Haas scored 15 points in Saturday's game, including three big 3-pointers in the third quarter. In Saturday's game, Carlson-Van Dort had seven points and seven rebounds.
``We knew they'd be good,'' Nizich said. ``We've got to prepare and be mentally tougher. We need more enthusiasm, and we need to be executing better.''
After the weekend, Hamey said he had some worries about the Crimson Bears. He thought the team played better in Saturday's game, especially on defense, but some of Juneau's inconsistencies on offense are troubling.
``Colony definitely outplayed us,'' Hamey said. ``We're pretty streaky offensively. we're hot and cold. I thought we'd be a lot further along offensively than we are right now. We know what we have to work on. We've literally played all of the top teams in the state. We've got to get better, or else we're not going anywhere. If we don't get better, Ketchikan will make sure we don't go to state.''
The Crimson Bears will be off this coming weekend, then will head to Ketchikan for a two-game Region V-Class 4A series Feb. 18-19.
KNIGHTS 49CRIMSON BEARS 44
Saturday's game from Juneau-Douglas High School
Amber Tubbs 0 0-0 0, Katie Williams 0 2-2 2, Kelly Quinn 3 4-6 12, McKenzie Menard 4 1-2 11, Carly Thaggard 0 0-0 0, Cindy Beckman 0 2-2 2, Jodi Light 0 0-0 0, Jessica Moore 7 4-8 18, Jessica Kraft 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Murphy 0 0-0 0, Raquel Rock 0 0-0 0, Michon Lanners 2 0-0 4. Totals: 16 13-20 49.
Krystle Llanto 1 0-0 2, Michael Kohan 0 0-0 0, Courtney Mason 2 0-0 4, Tanya Nizich 7 1-4 16, Anna Capacci 0 0-0 0, Kacie Murphy 0 0-0 0, Anya Carlson-Van Dort 0 1-4 1, Liz Haas 6 0-0 15, Suzanne Parr 0 0-0 0, Hilary Rehfeld 2 0-0 4, Yvonne Harris 1 0-1 2, Kari Parr 0 0-0 0, Erin Mesdag 0 0-0 0, Katie Staton 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 2-9 44.
COLONY13 9 16 11 - 49
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 3 14 15 12- 44
3-point goals - Colony 4 (Quinn 2, Menard 2), Juneau-Douglas 4 (Haas 3, Nizich 1). Fouled out - Colony 1 (Moore), Juneau-Douglas 0. Technical fouls - Colony 0, Juneau-Douglas 1 (coach Hamey). Total fouls - Colony 14, Juneau-Douglas 18.
KNIGHTS 50CRIMSON BEARS 33
Friday's game from Juneau-Douglas High School
Amber Tubbs 1 2-2 4, Katie Williams 0 0-0 0, Kelly Quinn 4 0-1 10, McKenzie Menard 2 0-0 4, Carly Thaggard 1 1-2 3, Cindy Beckman 1 0-0 2, Jodi Light 0 0-0 0, Jessica Moore 11 4-4 26, Jessica Kraft 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Murphy 0 0-0 0, Raquel Rock 0 0-0 0, Michon Lanners 0 1-2 1. Totals: 20 8-11 50.
Krystle Llanto 0 0-0 0, Michael Kohan 0 0-0 0, Courtney Mason 1 0-2 2, Tanya Nizich 5 3-4 15, Anna Capacci 0 0-0 0, Kacie Murphy 0 0-0 0, Anya Carlson-Van Dort 3 1-3 7, Liz Haas 2 0-0 5, Suzanne Parr 0 0-0 0, Hilary Rehfeld 0 0-0 0, Yvonne Harris 1 0-0 2, Kari Parr 0 0-0 0, Erin Mesdag 1 0-0 2, Katie Staton 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 4-9 33.
COLONY10 16 14 10 - 50
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 7 8 7 11 - 33
3-point goals - Colony 2 (Quinn 2), Juneau-Douglas 3 (Nizich 2, Haas 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Colony 13, Juneau-Douglas 16.
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