Crimson Bears sweep Kayhi to claim top spot

Juneau girls earn No. 1 seed for the Region V tourney with pair of wins

Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2003

Alida Bus' 3-pointer from beyond halfcourt at the end of the first half. Letasha McKoy shutting down Ketchikan star Anne Elliott on defense. Danielle Larson's 23-point performance.

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team was positively giddy when recounting its feats after routing Ketchikan, 77-45, Saturday night to complete a two-game sweep of the Kings in Ketchikan.

The Crimson Bears beat the Kings in a low-scoring affair on Friday, 39-32, to secure the regular-season Region V-Class 4A title and a first-round bye at the region tourney later this month.

"Tonight we played as a team," McKoy said by phone from Ketchikan after Saturday's game. "We were very pumped up, very confident and calm."

Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said the Crimson Bears' two seniors, Amy Neussl and Danielle Larson, got Saturday's game off to a good start.

"It started off with Neussl hitting a 3-pointer, and the next play was an inside pass to Danielle," Knight said. "It was all downhill (for Ketchikan) after that. ...

"Our seniors came alive."

Juneau (13-5, 6-0 region) took a 19-6 lead after one quarter and was up by 10 points with seconds left in the first half when Bus' bomb gave the Crimson Bears a 13-point lead at the break.

Juneau extended that lead by scoring 20 points in the third quarter and 24 in the fourth, while Ketchikan (12-4, 3-3) only managed 25 points in the entire second half.

Larson finished with a game-high 23 points, while Neussl added 15. Bus chipped in nine points and Kendri Cesar had seven points for Juneau.

While Juneau's offensive performance was admirable, the Crimson Bears also did well on defense.

McKoy, charged with guarding Ketchikan star Anne Elliott, held her scoreless in the opening period.

"When I was in the game she had zero in the first quarter," McKoy said. "That was very exciting."

When McKoy was sidelined after picking up a couple fouls, Elliott managed to put in a few baskets and wound up with 11 points to lead the Kings.

Friday's game was a much closer and very low-scoring contest which saw Juneau enter halftime trailing by a point, 17-16.

Ketchikan shut down Larson - and, consequently, Juneau's inside game - for most of the game. Larson was also a bit under the weather for the contest. The Kings also held Neussl's 3-pointers in check, forcing the senior shooter to find shots elsewhere.

"(Neussl) really had to work hard to get open, and she broke into the paint and had some jumpers from near the free-throw line," Knight said.

Juneau stormed out of halftime and scored 18 points - nearly as many points as their other three quarters combined. The Crimson Bears held on for the win despite a late Kayhi rally.

Neussl wound up with 16 points to lead Juneau, while Larson added seven and Cesar had six points.

Elliott led Ketchikan with a game-high 17 points, while Tori Edwardson added nine for the Kings.

In other action this weekend, the Juneau junior varsity girls swept their Kayhi counterparts - 35-26 on Friday and 51-44 on Saturday. The Juneau C team girls also won twice against Ketchikan, 31-22 on Friday and 47-34 on Saturday.

"To come down here and win them all is big," Knight said of the complete sweep. "The girls worked hard and kept their composure."

CRIMSON BEARS 77, KINGS 45

Saturday's girls boxscore from Ketchikan High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (77) - Alida Bus 4 0-0 9, Julie Heard 0 0-0 0, Kendri Cesar 3 1-1 7, Heather Dillon 3 0-0 6, Mary Rehfeld 0 1-2 1, Amy Neussl 5 2-2 15, Jordan Johnston 0 2-2 2, Kate Potter 1 0-0 2, Danielle Larson 10 5-8 23, Letasha McKoy 2 2-2 6, Sophia Smith 0 1-2 1, Ashley Larson 1 2-2 5. Totals: 28 16-21 77.

KETCHIKAN (45) - Raquelle Pahang 2 3-4 7, Katrina Pattison 0 0-0 0, Tori Edwardson 3 0-0 6, Anne Elliott 4 2-3 11, Terra Delong 1 0-0 2, Maria Swaim 3 0-0 6, Larissa Otness 0 0-0 0, Whitney Hofstedt 3 3-5 9, Katie Geldaker 2 0-1 4, Lindy Henrick 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 8-13 45.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 19 14 20 24 - 77

KETCHIKAN 6 14 12 13 - 45

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 5 (Neussl 3, Bus 1, A. Larson 1), Ketchikan 1 (Elliott 1). Fouled out - Ketchikan 2 (Swaim, Hofstedt). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 13, Ketchikan 20.

CRIMSON BEARS 39, KINGS 32

Friday's girls boxscore from Ketchikan High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (39) - Alida Bus 1 2-3 4, Julie Heard 0 0-0 0, Kendri Cesar 3 0-0 6, Heather Dillon 1 0-0 2, Mary Rehfeld 0 1-2 1, Amy Neussl 6 3-3 16, Danielle Larson 3 1-2 7, Letasha McKoy 1 1-4 3, Ashley Larson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 8-14 39.

KETCHIKAN (32) - Raquelle Pahang 1 1-2 3, Katrina Pattison 0 0-0 0, Tori Edwardson 3 2-2 9, Anne Elliott 8 1-2 17, Terra Delong 1 0-0 2, Maria Swaim 0 1-2 1, Whitney Hofstedt 0 0-0 0, Katie Geldaker 0 0-0 0, Lindy Henrick 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 5-8 32.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 9 7 18 5 - 39

KETCHIKAN 10 7 7 8 - 32

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Neussl 1), Ketchikan 1 (Edwardson 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 13, Ketchikan 12.



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