Crimson Bears stay perfect in conference play

Juneau-Douglas takes two from rival Kayhi in the Bears' final home series

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team made visiting Ketchikan pay for its fouls in two wins this weekend.

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The Crimson Bears made 51 of 67 free throws in Saturday's 73-54 win and Friday's 57-43 victory.

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team made visiting Ketchikan pay for its fouls in two wins this weekend.

The Crimson Bears made 51 of 67 free throws in Saturday's 73-54 win and Friday's 57-43 victory.

"I'm happy we got the win but I'm sad it was my last home game," said Juneau's Talisa Rhea, one of four seniors who played their final home game Saturday. "I've got mixed emotions."

Rhea scored a game-high 19 points in her last home game. She also made 7 of 10 free throws. As a team, JDHS connected on 29 of 39 free throws, good for 74.4 percent.

"Free throws - they make theirs and we don't," Ketchikan coach Melissa Johnson said. "They get to shoot more because they were more aggressive to the basket."

Another key to Juneau's Saturday win proved to be an adjustment in offensive strategy.

Rather than employing their usually methodical half-court set, the Crimson Bears opted to run fast breaks at nearly every occasion.

The altered strategy translated into plenty of easy buckets for JDHS and didn't allow Ketchikan's aggressive defense time to get set. The Crimson Bears ended up shooting 63 percent from the floor in the win.

"It's definitely nice to be able to extend them out and then be able to go past them," Rhea said. "I guess it takes off a little bit of pressure but (Ketchikan) is a tough team and physical, and we knew that coming in."

Juneau-Douglas (17-3, 6-0 Southeast) led 34-26 at halftime and took over in the third quarter.

The Bears made 15 of 19 free throws in the third quarter to extend their lead to 59-41.

"I know we can get to the free-throw line, it's just nice when we make all of them," JDHS senior Andrea Doerflinger said. "Our free-throw shooting has gone up tremendously."

With the game in hand, JDHS coach Lesslie Knight took out her four seniors for the last time on the home court with 1:44 left.

The crowd gave Rhea, Doerflinger, Hannah Buck and Veronica Lietz a loud ovation for their four years of work.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," Rhea said. "It may take a little while."

Crystal Reno led the Kings (13-5, 4-2) with 16 points while Jamie Edwardson added nine points.

On Friday, JDHS drained 23 of 28 free throws, 17 of 20 in the fourth quarter, in a 57-43 win.

With the win, the Bears sealed the top seed in March's Southeast Conference tournament.

"This is huge for us going into regionals," Knight said Friday.

With the score tied 32-32 after three quarters, JDHS attacked Ketchikan to put the game away.

The Crimson Bears outscored the Lady Kings 25-11 in the final eight minutes.

"We spend a lot of time on our free throw shooting," Knight said. "We shoot at the beginning and end of practices and they shoot on their own."

Rhea led the Bears with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. She also hit 13 of 15 free throws.

Junior Nicole Fenumiai also enjoyed a big night Friday, making 7 of 9 shots for 17 points. She pulled down eight rebounds.

Ketchikan held a 25-19 halftime behind a strong defense. The Kings limited the Bears to just 29.7 percent shooting from the floor in the first half with their consistently aggressive defensive pressure.

JDHS closes out the regular season in two weeks at Sitka.

SATURDAY'S GAME

JDHS 73, Ketchikan 54

JDHS - 14 20 25 14 - 73

Kayhi - 11 15 15 13 - 54

JDHS 73) - Rhea 6-7 7-10 19, Hurtte 0-0 3-4 4, Tingley 0-0 2-2 2, Harrison 3-5 2-3 8, Lietz 2-6 3-3 7, Mulder 4-6 5-6 13, Buck 1-3 2-2 4, Fenumiai 3-5 3- 9, Doerflinger 3-3 2-2 8, DeWitt-Narino 0-0 0-0 0, Dierick 0-0 0-0 0

Kayhi (54) - J. Edwardson 3-11 3-8 9, Effenberger 0-1 0-0 0, Geldaker 3-7 0-0 6, Hofmann 1-3 2-4 4, Lorenzo 1-2 4-6 6, Pahang 0-0 0-2 0, Reno 5-11 6-12 16, Voetberg 1-1 2-2 4, A. Edwardson 2-6 2-3 9.

Three-point shots - JDHS 0-2 (Rhea 0-1, Harrison 0-1); Ketchikan 1-12 (J. Edwardson 0-2, Effenberger 0-2, Lorenzo 0-5, Voetberg 0-2, A. Edwardson 1-2).

Rebounds - Juneau Douglas 36 (Rhea 6); Ketchikan 30 (J. Edwardson, Reno 4)).

Assists - Juneau-Douglas 15 (Rhea, Harrison 5); Ketchikan 8 (J. Edwardson 3).

Free throws - JDHS 29-39; Ketchikan 19-37.

Fouled out - Ketchikan 2 (A. Edwardson, Effenberger), JDHS none.

FRIDAY'S GAME

JDHS 57, Ketchikan 43

JDHS - 10 9 13 25 - 57

Kayhi - 13 12 7 11 - 43

JDHS (57) - Rhea 1-5 13-15 18, Tingley 0-1 2-2 2, Harrison 2-3 2-3 9, Lietz 3-8 2-2 8, Mulder 1-3 1-2 3, Buck 0-1 0-0 0, Fenumiai 7-9 3-4 17, Doerflinger 0-2 0-0 0.

Kayhi (43) - Blair 0-2 0-0 0, J. Edwardson 3-7 2-3 11, Effenberger 1-2 2-3 7, Geldaker 0-0 1-2 1, Hofmann 2-11 0-0 4, Lorenzo 1-5 0-0 5, Pahang 0-0 0-0 0, Reno 7-10 1-4 15, Voetberg 0-2 0-0 0, A. Edwardson 0-0 0-0 0

Three-point shots - JDHS 2-4 (Rhea 1-2, Harrison 1-2), Kayhi 3-14 (J. Edwardson 1-3, Effenberger 1-7, Geldaker 0-1, Lorenzo 1-1, A. Edwardson 0-2).

Rebounds - JDHS 41 (Rhea, Fenumiai 8); Kayhi 24 (Reno 8).

Assists - JDHS 12 (Rhea 5), Kayhi 8 (Effenberger 4).

Free throws - JDHS 23-28; Kayhi 6-12.

Fouled out - none.



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