Crimson Bear girls earn top seed

Juneau basketball team post sweeps to win regular-season Region V crown: Traveling girls trounce Sitka, move to 15-5 season record

Posted: Sunday, February 29, 2004

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team reached one goal while realizing there's still work to be done.

The Crimson Bears beat the Wolves 47-21 on Friday to clinch the Region V-Class 4A regular-season title and a first-round bye at next month's region tourney. But Juneau blew an early lead and struggled in the second half of Saturday's game before managing to emerge with a 39-30 win and a sweep of the series.

"It feels awesome," Juneau junior Mary Rehfeld said of clinching the bye. "I'm so excited. It's all paying off."

But the excitement was tempered by Saturday's travails.

"We got a 15-point lead in the first half, but we could not do anything in the third quarter," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said after Saturday's game. "(Sitka) kept coming back. ...

"I'm a little disappointed that we can't maintain and increase a lead. We can't afford, at Southeast or state, to not show up for a quarter or a half."

But Knight said she was pleased that the Crimson Bears secured the bye, since the Crimson Bears (15-5 overall, 6-0 region) now will open the tourney with the game that determines the sole state tourney berth. This season, Juneau has been playing its best ball in opening games.

That was the case this weekend, as the Crimson Bears built momentum throughout Friday's game and cruised to an easy win.

After leading by just one point - 14-13 - at halftime, Juneau posted a 17-6 edge in the third quarter as Rehfeld, senior Nicole Lupro and senior Heather Dillon sank 3-pointers. The Crimson Bears extended their lead in the fourth quarter as they held the Wolves to just two points in the period.

Senior Tasha McKoy led Juneau with 12 points, while freshman Talisa Rhea added 10. Sitka sophomore Kim Dodson led the Wolves (6-14 overall, 2-6 region) with a game-high 14 points.

On Saturday, Rhea scored seven points in the first quarter as Juneau led 15-3 after one period and 25-11 at the half. But Sitka outscored Juneau 13-10 in the third quarter, closing to within five points for a time.

"In the fourth quarter, we spread it out and told (the Juneau players), 'nothing but layups,'" Knight said of Juneau's efforts to kill time. "The girls made some incredible passes."

McKoy fed Rehfeld for a late layup, and Rhea had the assist on a McKoy layup that kept Juneau ahead in the final period.

While not necessarily welcome, Saturday's close game forced Juneau to stay focused and practice good execution late into the game.

"It was good to have them play with us, and give us a run for it, but thankfully we pulled it out," Dillon said.

Juneau hosts Ketchikan this Friday and Saturday in the final games of the regular season. The Region V-Class 3A/4A Tournament will be held March 10-13 at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

Juneau JV, C girls go 3-1 vs. Sitka

Jordan Harvey scored 13 points and Lexi Garvey added 12 as the Juneau junior varsity defeated the Sitka JV 32-28 on Friday night, but the Wolves bounced back to edge the Crimson Bears 37-31 on Saturday.

Kate Potter added five points for Juneau in Friday's win, while Garvey scored 10 points and Potter added nine in Saturday's loss. Morley Gordon led Sitka with 10 points on Friday, while Michelle Martin scored 10 points to lead the Wolves on Saturday.

Kerstin Kimlinger posted double-digit scoring each night as the Crimson Bear C team beat the Wolves 29-26 on Friday and 32-28 on Saturday.

Kimlinger scored 14 points in Friday's win, while Janelle Quimpo hit a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter of the close contest. Caitlin Parrent scored seven points to lead Sitka.

On Saturday, Kimlinger led Juneau with 10 points, while Quimpo and Christianne Carillo chipped in seven points apiece. Lyndsey Delmoral led the Wolves with seven points.

• The Juneau Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

CRIMSON BEARS 39, WOLVES 30

Saturday's girls boxscore from Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (39) - Alida Bus 0 0-0 0, Nicole Lupro 1 1-2 1, Kendri Cesar 1 0-0 2, Jordan Johnston 0 0-0 0, Heather Dillon 2 0-2 6, Mary Rehfeld 2 0-0 5, Talisa Rhea 7 1-1 15, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0, Erin Thompson 0 0-0 0, Jordan Harvey 0 0-0 0, Tasha McKoy 4 2-6 10, Lexi Garvey 0 0-0 0, Kate Potter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 4-11 39.

SITKA (30) - Miranda Whitson 3 0-0 6, Ashley Norman 0 0-0 0, Joy Ribao 0 2-2 2, Tawny Hoyt 3 1-2 6, Morley Gordon 0 0-0 0, Emily Blair 0 0-0 0, Natalia Potrzuski 1 0-0 2, Kim Dodson 5 4-6 14, Kirstin Padgett 0 0-0 0, Dianne Chong 0 0-0 0, Michelle Martin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 7-10 30.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 15 10 10 4 - 39

SITKA 3 8 13 6 - 30

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 3 (Dillon 2, Rehfeld 1), Sitka 1 (Hoyt 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 13, Sitka 15.

CRIMSON BEARS 47, WOLVES 21

Friday's girls boxscore from Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (47) - Alida Bus 1 1-2 3, Nicole Lupro 2 0-0 5, Kendri Cesar 2 0-0 4, Jordan Johnston 1 1-1 3, Heather Dillon 1 0-0 3, Mary Rehfeld 2 0-0 5, Talisa Rhea 5 0-0 10, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0, Erin Thompson 0 0-0 0, Jordan Harvey 0 0-0 0, Tasha McKoy 5 2-3 12, Lexi Garvey 1 0-0 2, Kate Potter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 4-6 47.

SITKA (21) - Miranda Whitson 0 0-0 0, Ashley Norman 1 1-2 3, Joy Ribao 1 0-0 2, Tawny Hoyt 0 0-0 0, Morley Gordon 0 0-0 0, Emily Blair 0 0-0 0, Natalia Potrzuski 1 0-0 2, Kim Dodson 6 2-7 14, Kirstin Padgett 0 0-1 0, Dianne Chong 0 0-0 0, Michelle Martin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 3-10 21.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 8 6 17 16 - 47

SITKA 8 5 6 2 - 21

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 3 (Lupro 1, Dillon 1, Rehfeld 1), Sitka 0. Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 14, Sitka 9.



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