Juneau girls win at West

Crimson Bears break game open in fourth quarter

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team almost couldn't take the heat.

Faced with hot hotel rooms, an overheated locker room - even record warm temperatures in Anchorage earlier this week - the Crimson Bears were sluggish on the court but managed to down the host West Anchorage Eagles 56-40 on Thursday.

A short-handed Juneau squad beat West 87-35 last month on a neutral East Anchorage court. On Thursday, the teams were tied at halftime and the Crimson Bears (10-5 overall) led by just four after three quarters as their scoring sputtered.

"We struggled offensively," Knight said. "We missed more layups in this game we have all season. It was frustrating that we never pulled ahead early on."

The game was fraught with fouls, which contributed to Juneau's difficulties on offense.

"You never got into the flow of anything," Knight said.

The Crimson Bears led 11-10 after the first quarter, but the Eagles (3-9 overall) knotted the score at 24-all at halftime.

In the first half, the Eagles were 8-for-15 on free throws while the Crimson Bears struggled even more, going 3-for-13 from the line through two quarters of play and 12-for-27 overall.

"We shot hundreds and hundreds of free throws this week," Knight said. "They're shooting at lunch, shooting at practice, shooting before and after practice. ... It must be a mental block."

After a quiet third quarter - Juneau posted an 8-4 edge - the Crimson Bears finally broke away with a 24-12 fourth-quarter run. Juneau hit three 3-pointers in the final period - one each by senior Heather Dillon, junior Mary Rehfeld and freshman Talisa Rhea.

Juneau senior Tasha McKoy led the Crimson Bears with 14 points, while Rehfeld had 12 and Dillon netted nine points.

West sophomore post Amy Eisses had a game-high 15 points to lead the Eagles.

Juneau plays at Palmer (6-5) tonight before returning home.

The Crimson Bears return to Region V-Class 4A play at Ketchikan on Feb. 20-21.

• The Juneau Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

CRIMSON BEARS 56, EAGLES 40

Thursday's girls boxscore from West Anchorage High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (56) - Alida Bus 2 1-1 5, Nicole Lupro 1 0-0 2, Kendri Cesar 1 0-0 2, Jordan Johnston 2 1-2 5, Heather Dillon 2 3-5 9, Mary Rehfeld 5 1-3 12, Talisa Rhea 2 2-5 7, Jordan Harvey 0 0-2 0, Tasha McKoy 5 4-9 14, Kate Potter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 12-27 56.

WEST ANCHORAGE (40) - Andrea Sanders 0 0-0 0, Mindy John 0 0-0 0, Darrah Hinton 1 4-8 6, Shaina Young 1 0-0 2, Josie Noble-Heyano 1 0-0 2, Lauryn Murray 2 1-2 3, Lola Tukrook 0 3-7 3, Julie Agustin-DePonte 1 2-4 4, Danielle Johnson 1 3-4 5, Amy Eisses 6 3-5 15. Totals: 12 16-30 40.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 11 13 8 24 - 56

WEST ANCHORAGE 10 14 4 12 - 40

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 4 (Dillon 2, Rehfeld 1, Rhea 1), West Anchorage 0. Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 0, West Anchorage 1 (D. Johnson). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 22, West Anchorage 24.



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