The Juneau-Douglas High School girls junior varsity basketball team swept through three games of the Dean S. Cummings Sr. Tournament in Delta Junction over the weekend, topping the Point Hope Harpooners 57-45 in Saturday night's title game.
The Crimson Bears flexed their defensive muscle from the tip against Point Hope, holding the 3A club to just a single field goal and a pair of free throws in the opening period. JDHS sophomore Hannah Swofford single-handedly outscored the Harpooners in the stanza with six points, pushing Juneau's lead to 16-5.
The Point Hope offense awoke in the second with 11 points, but six different Bears scored in the period to stretch the JDHS lead to 34-16 by half-time.
The Harpooners scrapped to the finish, outscoring the Bears in both the third and fourth quarters before falling by an even dozen.
Sophomore post Taylor Larson was the high scorer for Juneau with 18, half of which came in the tightly contested fourth quarter. Larson was later named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 20 points and 11.3 rebounds per game and hitting on 78 percent of her field goal attempts.
Swofford chipped in 12 against Point Hope and was also named to the All-Tournament Team after racking up 9.3 points and 8 rebounds per contest.
Sophomore Olivia Henderson chipped in 11 points and six steals against the Harpooners. Henderson was later awarded as the tournament's top defensive player.
JDHS sophomore Nani Ostrom added yet another award for the Bears, winning the tournament's three-point contest.
Tammy Burgess piled up 26 points for Point Hope in the loss.
The JDHS JV team next hosts Ketchikan this Friday and Saturday in their final two games of the season.
JDHS JV 79, Porter Creek 28
Larson overpowered Porter Creek for 14 of her game-high 22 points in the first half, and the Crimson Bears held their opponents to single-digit scoring in all four quarters for the easy win.
Larson tacked on six rebounds and three steals in the contest to continue her MVP effort.
Ostrom added 14 points and Henderson chipped in 11 points along with a team-high seven assists for Juneau-Douglas. Swofford had 10 points and seven boards.
Kerstin Burnette led Porter Creek with 13 points.
JDHS JV 51, Monroe 27
Larson kicked off her dominant weekend with a queen-sized double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Bears to an opening win.
Eight JDHS players scored in all, with Ostrom chipping in eight and both Sierra Tagaban and Swofford tosssing in six. Swofford tacked on nine boards to her effort.
Shawnne Good and Henderson each finished with three steals to lead the defensive charge. Henderson also added the team's only block inteh game.
Jocelyn Ribar led Monroe with nine points.