Bear girls shoot down Wolves

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2005

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team shot better than 60 percent from the floor and held Sitka's go-to player in check on Friday and Saturday.

Facing that combination, the host Wolves never stood a chance.

Juneau beat Sitka 51-28 on Friday and 62-37 on Saturday in Sitka for a sweep of the Southeast Conference-Class 4A series. Senior Mary Rehfeld led Juneau with 22 points on Friday, while sophomore Talisa Rhea poured in 23 points for the Crimson Bears on Saturday.

Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said the final scores were a little deceiving, as the games were played with a lot of energy on both sides.

"It was a great series, incredibly intense," Knight said. "You would never have known we beat them by as much as we did."

The Crimson Bears (9-4 overall) now hold a commanding 4-0 lead in the conference standings, while Sitka (9-3 overall) and Ketchikan (10-3 overall) both are 0-2.

Juneau's defensive strategy on Friday and Saturday was to disrupt passes inside to Sitka's star center, Kim Dodson. On Friday, the Crimson Bears did just that - along with doubling up on Dodson when she did get the ball - to hold her to just five points, her lowest scoring total of the season.

Juneau took a 27-13 lead at halftime on Friday as Rehfeld scored 11 points in the first quarter. Sitka scored just two baskets and went eight for 22 from the free-throw line. Juneau committed 17 fouls in the first half, but played better basketball in the last two quarters.

"We came out in the second half much more in control of the game and our offense," Knight said.

Rehfeld, who also had 13 rebounds in the game, hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter as Juneau cruised to the win. Rhea added seven points for the Crimson Bears.

Natalia Potrzuski scored nine points to lead the Wolves.

On Saturday, Rhea scored 13 points in the first half as Juneau took a 31-14 halftime lead. Juneau's defense - led by senior Kate Potter - held Dodson in check for three quarters before she broke loose for 10 points in the fourth quarter. Dodson finished with 19 points to lead Sitka.

In addition to her game-high 23 points, Rhea added eight assists, five steals and four rebounds for Juneau. Potter scored 15 points and junior Lexi Garvey added 11 points and four steals for Juneau.

"Sitka is a tough team, and we were fortunate to do as well as we did against them," Knight said. "Anything can happen when they come to Juneau."

In other action, Lela McArthur scored 22 points for the Sitka junior varsity on Friday as the Wolves beat Juneau 50-19. Nellie Metcalfe scored eight points as the Juneau C team beat Sitka 35-20 on Friday. Saturday's JV and C scores were not available.

CRIMSON BEARS 62, WOLVES 37

Saturday's girls game from Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (62) - Talisa Rhea 10 2-2 23, Lexi Garvey 4 2-2 11, Jordan Harvey 1 1-2 3, Kerstin Kimlinger 0 0-0 0, Sophia Smith 2 0-0 4, Mary Rehfeld 1 2-2 5, Kate Potter 6 3-3 15, Veronica Lietz 0 0-0 0, Maddie Swofford 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 0 1-2 1, Nicole Fenumiai 0 0-0 0, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 11-13 62.

SITKA (37) - Dianne Chong 0 0-0 0, K.J. Lorenzo 0 0-0 0, Joy Ribao 2 0-0 4, Tawny Hoyt 1 0-0 3, Kirsten Padgett 0 0-0 0, Chantell Miyasato 0 0-0 0, Kelsea Johnson 1 1-6 3, Kim Dodson 6 7-11 19, Natalia Potrzuski 1 1-2 4, Lavenda Helu 0 0-0 0, Helen Kennedy 1 2-2 4, Michelle Martin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 11-21 37.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 14 17 16 15 - 62

SITKA 8 6 6 17 - 37

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 3 (Rhea 1, Garvey 1, Rehfeld 1), Sitka 2 (Hoyt 1, Potrzuski 1). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Potter), Sitka 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 19, Sitka 13.

CRIMSON BEARS 51, WOLVES 28

Friday's girls game from Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (51) - Talisa Rhea 3 1-2 7, Lexi Garvey 2 2-4 6, Jordan Harvey 1 2-4 4, Kerstin Kimlinger 1 0-0 2, Sophia Smith 0 0-0 0, Mary Rehfeld 6 8-9 22, Kate Potter 2 0-1 4, Veronica Lietz 0 0-0 0, Maddie Swofford 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 2 2-2 6, Nicole Fenumiai 0 0-2 0, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 15-24 51.

SITKA (28) - Dianne Chong 0 0-0 0, K.J. Lorenzo 1 0-0 3, Joy Ribao 0 1-3 1, Tawny Hoyt 2 1-6 5, Kirsten Padgett 0 1-3 1, Chantell Miyasato 0 0-0 0, Kelsea Johnson 1 0-0 2, Kim Dodson 1 3-6 5, Natalia Potrzuski 2 3-6 9, Lavenda Helu 1 0-0 2, Helen Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Michelle Martin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 9-24 28.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 16 11 14 10 - 51

SITKA 6 7 8 7 - 28

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 2 (Rehfeld 2), Sitka 3 (Potrzuski 2, Lorenzo 1). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Potter), Sitka 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 23, Sitka 19.



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