Thunder Mountain scored 17 first-quarter points Thursday en route to a 42-34 nonconference girls’ basketball victory over Mt. Edgecumbe in Juneau.
The Falcons seventh victory of the season came after sophomore Katie Tarver went off for 11 points in the first quarter as TMHS built a 17-11 lead heading into the second.
“The first quarter, we came out smoking,” Falcons coach Tanya Nizich said. “We were hoping to keep that going all the way through, but it got a little shaky in the third quarter where things got hectic. We let them stay hectic when we needed to calm things down and work on what we wanted to work on. But it was a great win for us.”
The first quarter saw three ties, but Thunder Mountain scored the final six points of the period. With things knotted up at 11-11, Tarver scored a layup off a steal, Eyerus Tingley banked in a runner and Tarver scored a stickback to push the Falcons ahead six points.
“It was really a team effort,” Tarver said. “We were focusing a lot on starting off with a lot of intensity. In the beginning, Coach was really pushing everybody to attack the basket because that’s when we do our best. As the game went on we focused on running plays and making good passes.”
Thunder Mountain took its biggest lead of the first half after two Michaela Demmert free throws and another Tingley score off the dribble for a 10-point, 21-11 lead. Mt. Edgecumbe answered with a 5-0 spurt to cut the deficit in half.
Venitta Demoski made a free throw, Scarlett Beaver knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing and Minnie Simon made another freebie.
Tarver got a layup, and the Falcons went up 26-17 after Kylie Ibias put back a missed free throw. A Demmert baseline jumper gave Thunder Mountain a 28-19 lead heading into the break.
The teams combined for just nine points in the third quarter, but Demmert knocked down a big 3-pointer to keep the Braves at Bay and TMHS led 35-27 heading into the fourth. Mt. Edgecumbe got no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Tarver finished up with 14 points and Tingley scored nine. Demmert added seven points for Thunder Mountain.
The Falcons (7-14) host Juneau-Douglas Feb. 25 for senior night.
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