Crimson Bear girls prepare to host young squad of Knights

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2005

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team hosts a young Colony squad for this weekend's homecoming games.

The Crimson Bears (9-4 overall) play the Knights (7-9 overall) in a pair of non-conference games at 6 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the JDHS main gym.

Juneau is coming off a weekend sweep of Southeast Conference games at Sitka, where senior Mary Rehfeld scored 22 points in the opener and sophomore Talisa Rhea scored 23 points in the second game.

Colony won a pair of Northern Lights Conference home games against Kodiak last weekend.

In their last meeting, at last season's Lady T-Bird Classic, Juneau beat Colony 46-38 in a very physical game. The Knights were led by 17 points from Siena Locke, who has since graduated.

The Knights lost much of their varsity experience from last year's team. This season's Colony leaders include junior Kelcy Joynt, who has stepped into the point guard role and scored a game-high 14 points in one of the Knights' wins over Kodiak.

Colony has struggled with its offense at times, but is starting to get more points from junior forward/post Sarah Walsh and senior post Joanna Spoth.

"We're looking forward to (playing in Juneau), because it's a great place to play," longtime Colony coach Don Witzel said. "(Juneau) offers up a lot of weapons. ... They're going to be a challenge."

Juneau also hosted Colony for its homecoming games in 2002. The teams got to scout each other at last month's Lady T-Bird Classic, where they both played but did not face each other. Among Colony's games at that tournament was a 42-20 loss to Ketchikan.

Colony is scheduled to fly out of Anchorage at 7:40 a.m. this morning. Witzel said Thursday that school officials were keeping an eye on the weather, as Anchorage experienced heavy snow Thursday with total accumulations of 1 to 2 feet expected by this morning. Thursday evening flights from Anchorage to Juneau were running on schedule.

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