Juneau girls clinch No. 1 region seed

Crimson Bears take two games against Ketchikan

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team clinched the top seed in the upcoming region tournament with a pair of wins over Ketchikan this weekend - but the Crimson Bears will be wary when the postseason comes around.

Senior Mary Rehfeld and sophomore Talisa Rhea scored 17 points apiece Saturday as Juneau had to rally from a halftime deficit for a 62-53 victory over the host Kings. In Friday's opener, Rehfeld scored 18 points as the Crimson Bears won 47-36.

While Juneau emerged with two wins, the games were a far cry from the 30-point-plus routs the Crimson Bears posted over the Kings earlier this season in Juneau.

"This Ketchikan team has really grown and improved since we played them last," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said after Saturday's game. "Our clinching the No. 1 seed doesn't secure anything for us. Ketchikan has come a long way - they're a threat."

Juneau (14-6 overall) improved to a perfect 6-0 in Southeast Conference-Class 4A competition, while Ketchikan fell to 15-6 overall, 1-5 Southeast. Each team has two more conference games against Sitka (12-4 overall, 1-3 SE), but Juneau's conference lead is secure.

By earning the No. 1 seed for the Southeast tourney, to be held March 16-19 in Juneau, the Crimson Bears get a first-round bye. Ketchikan and Sitka will have to battle in the opening game for the right to face Juneau in a winner-takes-all final for the region's sole state tournament berth.

On Saturday, Ketchikan shot well from the field and built a 33-30 halftime lead. Kayhi's Stacia Miller scored 11 of her 17 points - and hit two of her four 3-pointers - in the first half to give the Kings the edge at the break.

Juneau went on a 17-9 lead in the third quarter, led by Rhea's eight points in the period. The Crimson Bears hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

"It's nice to pull out wins in close games, and have those pressure situations," Knight said.

Junior Lexi Garvey added 11 points, and senior Ashley Larson scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds for Juneau, which won the rebounding battle 34-22. K.C. Greenup backed up Miller with 10 points for Ketchikan.

On Friday, Juneau built a 14-6 lead after the first quarter and maintained its advantage. Garvey added 10 points for the Crimson Bears and senior Kate Potter scored seven. Tory Edwardson scored 16 points to lead the Kings, while Miller chipped in nine.

"We had better leadership and better attitude," Knight said of the weekend. "We're getting mentally stronger."

Juneau returns home for a pair of conference games against Sitka on Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main gym.

In junior varsity action, Jordan Harvey scored 12 points and Sophia Smith added 10 for Juneau in a 50-44 win on Friday. Laura West scored 12 points for Ketchikan. On Saturday, Lysandra Bell scored 13 points and Crystal Reno added 10 in Kayhi's 57-44 victory. Harvey scored 14 points for Juneau, while Smith and Veronica Lietz scored eight apiece.

In C team games, Ketchikan's Bell and Tara Hoffman scored nine points apiece as the Kings won Friday's game 47-29. Nellie Metcalfe and Ashliegh Wilwert each scored six points for Juneau. Saturday's C team score was not available.

CRIMSON BEARS 47, KINGS 36

Friday's girls game from Ketchikan High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (47) - Talisa Rhea 1 2-3 4, Lexi Garvey 3 3-4 10, Jordan Harvey 0 0-2 0, Kerstin Kimlinger 1 2-2 4, Sophia Smith 0 0-0 0, Mary Rehfeld 6 5-6 18, Kate Potter 2 3-5 7, Ashley Larson 2 0-0 4, Nicole Fenumiai 0 0-0 0, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 15-22 47.

KETCHIKAN (36) - Karin Voetberg 0 0-0 0, Larissa Otness 1 0-0 3, Lindy Henrick 0 0-0 0, Tory Edwardson 5 4-4 16, Laura West 0 0-0 0, Stacia Miller 2 4-4 9, K.C. Greenup 1 0-1 2, Crystal Reno 1 0-3 2, Kate Geldaker 1 2-5 4. Totals: 11 10-17 36.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 14 12 11 10 - 47

KETCHIKAN 6 11 10 9 - 36

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 2 (Garvey, Rehfeld), Ketchikan 4 (Edwardson 2, Otness, Miller). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 18, Ketchikan 18.

CRIMSON BEARS 62, KINGS 53

Saturday's girls game from Ketchikan High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (62) - Talisa Rhea 5 5-8 17, Lexi Garvey 3 3-4 11, Jordan Harvey 0 0-0 0, Kerstin Kimlinger 0 0-0 0, Sophia Smith 0 0-0 0, Mary Rehfeld 5 5-5 17, Kate Potter 3 1-2 7, Ashley Larson 2 4-6 8, Nicole Fenumiai 1 0-2 2, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 18-27 62.

KETCHIKAN (53) - Karin Voetberg 0 0-0 0, Larissa Otness 4 1-3 9, Lindy Henrick 1 1-2 3, Tory Edwardson 3 1-1 7, Laura West 2 0-0 4, Stacia Miller 5 3-3 17, K.C. Greenup 4 2-3 10, Jamie Edwardson 0 1-2 1, Crystal Reno 0 0-0 0, Kate Geldaker 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 9-14 53.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 15 15 17 15 - 62

KETCHIKAN 14 19 9 11 - 53

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 6 (Rhea 2, Garvey 2, Rehfeld 2), Ketchikan 4 (Miller 4). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 0, Ketchikan 1 (T. Edwardson). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 14, Ketchikan 18.



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