Different season, same story.
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball teams both fell to the red-hot Lathrop Malemutes on Thursday in Fairbanks. The Lathrop boys beat Juneau 71-59, while the Malemute girls defeated the Crimson Bears 58-48.
It was the fifth win in 10 days for both Lathrop squads. The Juneau girls (11-5 overall) had a six-game winning streak snapped, while the Juneau boys (7-9 overall) have lost three in a row.
The Lathrop boys and girls traveled to Juneau last year, and each swept a pair of games from the Crimson Bears.
On Thursday, the Juneau girls trailed 16-13 after the first quarter, and 32-22 at halftime. Lathrop (13-3 overall) took a commanding lead with a 13-2 run in the third quarter, as Juneau's only basket in the period came on a layup by Andrea Doerflinger.
"The third quarter was a killer for us - we only scored two points," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said. "In the fourth quarter we made an incredible comeback - we outscored them 24-13 - but still lost by 10."
Knight said Juneau managed to close the gap to six or seven points in the final period, but could come no closer to the Malemutes.
Lathrop was led by senior stars Alana Clooten and Sheena Brown, who - by the best guess from deciphering poorly kept scoresheets from Lathrop - each scored 21 points in the game.
Brown, in particular, hurt the Crimson Bears with drives inside and strong free-throw shooting down the stretch.
"We allowed them to penetrate," Knight said. "Sheena, in the first 10 plays down the court, (penetrated and) either had a layup or dished off. It was frustrating. We struggled to stop her. ...
"When we came out we weren't warmed up. You can't come out lackadaisical and expect to win a game."
Junior Lexi Garvey and senior Mary Rehfeld scored 13 points apiece to lead Juneau, while sophomore Talisa Rhea added 10.
The Crimson Bears will play at West Valley (8-9 overall) at 6 p.m. tonight, and finish their trip with a game at North Pole (15-3 overall) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Juneau boys fell behind 9-0 in the first quarter Thursday, and trailed by 21-10 after the first period and 41-26 at halftime.
"When you don't play defense, that's what happens," Juneau coach George Houston said. "It was just too easy for them to score early on."
Lathrop led 59-42 after three quarters, and maintained its double-digit advantage.
According to scoresheets - again, poorly kept - Lathrop (10-5 overall) was led by 18 points from Dominique Smith, including two 3-pointers, and 10 points from John Thies.
Senior Tom Derbesy scored a team-high 13 points for Juneau, while senior Mychal Hutcherson added 11 and junior Ryan Fagerstrom added eight.
Houston said there were a few bright spots - Hutcherson was strong on rebounding on both ends, and junior Luke Miller had a long pass to junior Brian Ryder for layup in the second quarter.
"We had moments when we looked good - but those moments are too fleeting, and there are not enough of them," Houston said.
"The main problem was our lack of defensive intensity. We're on a down cycle, and we've got to do something to get out of it."
The Crimson Bears will get another shot at the Malemutes today. The two teams face off at 6 p.m. for Juneau's last game of the trip.
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MALEMUTES 71, CRIMSON BEARS 59
Thursday night's boys game from Lathrop High School
The scorebook contained many inaccuracies; the following scoring information is unofficial
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (59) - Larry Cooper 0 1-2 1, Norman Zura 2 1-2 7, Tom Derbesy 4 5-6 13, Tres Saldivar 0 0-0 0, Luke Miller 3 0-0 6, Ryan Fagerstrom 4 0-0 8, Scott Lesh 0 2-2 2, Mychal Hutcherson 5 1-2 11, Bryan Ryder 2 0-0 4, Kyle Huntsman 3 0-0 7. Totals: 23 10-14 59.
LATHROP (71) - Dave Meredith 2 0-1 4, Jacob Barnett 3 2-2 8, Brian Beiden 2 0-1 4, Dominique Smith 7 2-2 18, Chuck Quint 3 2-2 9, Ben Boyd 2 5-7 9, Jeff Clemons 0 0-0 0, Steve Wall 1 1-2 3, John Thies 4 2-2 10, Robert Zarbinski 2 2-3 6, Derrick Stevenson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 16-22 71.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 10 16 16 17 - 59
LATHROP 21 20 18 12 - 71
3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 3 (Zura 2, Huntsman), Lathrop 3 (Smith 2, Quint). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 18, Lathrop 16.
MALEMUTES 58, CRIMSON BEARS 48
Thursday's girls game from Lahrop High School
The scorebook contained many inaccuracies; the following shortened scoring information is unofficial
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (48) - Talisa Rhea 10, Lexi Garvey 13, Jordan Harvey 0, Kerstin Kimlinger 4, Sophia Smith 0, Mary Rehfeld 13, Kate Potter 6, Ashley Larson 0, Nicole Fenumiai 0, Andrea Doerflinger 2. Total: 48.
LATHROP (58) - Emily Durry 0, Janie Ma 0, Alexis Vaught 6, Alana Clooten 21, Shanna Brown 4, Sheena Brown 21, Sarah States 6 . Total: 58.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 13 9 2 24 - 48
LATHROP 16 16 13 13 - 58
3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Garvey), Lathrop 1 (Clooten). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 2 (Garvey, Potter), Lathrop 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 18, Lathrop 15.
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