Chugiak's Laura Hedum scored on an in-bounds pass as time ran out to give Chugiak a stunning 34-33 victory over Juneau-Douglas in Thursday's opening round of the Third Annual Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament at Anchorage's Dimond High School.
Junueau held a three-point lead with 45 seconds to go, but Chugiak closed the gap to 33-32 when Krystal Seward cleaned up after teammate Lisa Hartman's missed layup for an easy two points.
On Juneau's next possession, Courtney Mason missed the front end of a one-and-one and Chugiak came down with the rebound. But Amy Neussl got a quick steal and passed the ball to Mason who wisely called timeout with 19 seconds remaining.
Suzanne Parr was immediately fouled on Juneau's inbounds pass but couldn't capitalize on her free throw attempt. Chugiak again controlled the rebound and pushed the ball up the court to look for the final shot.
The Crimson Bears' defense, which has carried the team throughout the season, came up with what seemed to be a big play at the time, when a pass intended for a wide-open Seward was deflected out-of-bounds.
The possession call went the Mustangs' way and, with one second remaining, Hedum ended the game with her buzzer-beating heroics.
"I would have never thought it could happen," Chugiak girls head coach Jon Schroeder said. "We set up a play with four girls on the free-throw line and three of them created a screen for Erica Putnam to receive a lob. Juneau reacted well and broke through the wall but Hedum was left alone under the basket and laid it in off the backboard for the win."
Hilary Rehfeld led Juneau in scoring with 12 points and eight rebounds. Michael Kohan and Neussl each had six points. Kacie Murphy scored four, Kendri Cesar added three and Mason was limited to just two points while shooting 0-4 from the field.
As a team, the Bears shot just 33 percent, making 12 of 36 shots. Chugiak didn't do any better, shooting a dismal 28 percent from the field, hitting 11 of 39.
Missed free throws hurt the Bears late in the game and the team shot only 50 percent, 8 for 16, from the foul line compared to Chugiak's 71 percent.
Chugiak's scoring attack was led by Erica Putnam with 12 points and Seward, who burned Juneau for 24 two weeks ago, was held to nine points and Hedum added four.
The Crimson Bears led almost the entire game, but the Mustangs kept it close and never trail by more than six points throughout the contest.
Chugiak improved its record to 8-6 and avenged a Jan. 26 loss when Juneau went into Chugiak's home court and defeated the Mustangs 44-36 in a game where the Crimson Bears fell behind 10-2 in the first quarter.
"My girls are competitors and we talked about people coming into our house and taking a game from us," Shroeder said. "So it was definitely a part of our motivation."
One bright spot for the Bears was their defense ,which for the eighth time this season held an opponent to under 40 points in a game.
With the loss, Juneau drops to 9-4 overall and moves into the consolation bracket of the Shootout to face Class 3A Grace Christian. The Grizzlies fell to Lathrop 62-35 on Thursday night. This afternoon's game will begin at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast by KJNO, 630-AM.
In the Shootout's other games Thursday, Class 3A Seward upset Class 4A Service 31-24 and Dimond beat Monroe Catholic 41-38. The semifinals will match Lathrop against Chugiak and Service against Dimond. The other consolation game will pit Service against Monroe Catholic.
If Juneau defeats Grace Christian, the Crimson Bears play for fourth place against the winner of the Service-Monroe Catholic game at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, otherwise they play for seventh place against the loser at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Mustangs 34, Crimson Bears 33 Boxscore from Thursday's game at the Third Annual Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School
Juneau-Douglas (33) -- S. Parr 0-2 0-1 0, Michael Kohan 3-9 0-0 6, Courtney Mason 0-4 2-4 2, Kendri Cesar 1-2 0-0 3, Anna Cappaci 0-1 0-0 0, Amy Neussl 3-9 0-0 6, Kaci Murphy 2-2 0-0 4, Hilary Rehfeld 3-7 6-10 12, Danielle Larson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-36 8-16 33.
Chugiak (34) -- Jackie Hight 0-3 2-2 2, Laura Hedum 2-4 0-0 4, Jen Wasson 1-1 0-0 2, Elyse Hartman 0-7 0-0 0, Krystal Seward 3-9 1-1 9, Tania Deisher 0-0 1-2 1, Courtney Waters 1-4 0-0 2, Ashly Adams 0-2 2-2 2, Erica Putnam 4-9 4-7 12. Totals 11-39 10-14 34.
Juneau-Douglas 7 9 10 7 -- 33
Chugiak 4 9 9 12 -- 34
3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (Cesar), Chugiak 2 (Seward, Deisher). Rebounds -- Juneau-Douglas 32 (Rehfeld 8), Chugiak 30 (Seward 7). Assists -- Juneau Douglas 4 (S. Parr 2), Chugiak 3 (Seward 2), Steals -- Juneau-Douglas 5 (S. Parr 2, Rehfeld 2), Chugiak 8 (Hedum 2), Fouled Out -- none. Technical Fouls -- none, Total Fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 12, Chugiak 14.