Juneau girls breeze on Friday, struggle Saturday

Bears end season with sweeps

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team only made six field goals on Saturday night, but still managed to come from behind to beat the Sitka Wolves 32-27 at Sitka High School.

The Crimson Bears completed a sweep of the two-game Region V-Class 4A series with the victory, which came with a lot more difficulty than Friday night's 53-23 romp.

"We couldn't throw it in the ocean," Juneau coach Jim Hamey said about Saturday's game, which Juneau won only because it converted 20 of its 25 free-throw attempts. "We couldn't shoot very well. Sitka didn't do a whole lot different than it did last night, but we were impatient and we did a poor job of running our offense. Fortunately we shot some free throws in the fourth quarter."

On Thursday, Juneau's varsity underclassmen scrimmaged against Class 3A Mount Edgecumbe and won by about eight points, but Mount Edgecumbe athletic director Marcellus Fegley said no scorebook was kept.

The games ended the regular season for Juneau, which is idle next week while Sitka completes its season in Ketchikan. Juneau hosts the Region V-4A and Region V-3A tournaments on March 13-16 and the Crimson Bears will have a first-round bye for winning the regular-season region title. Juneau's next game will be March 15 against the winner of the Ketchikan-Sitka game on March 14.

Juneau improved to 16-5 overall (16-6 if a non-counting loss to East Anchorage in an Alaska School Activities Association endowment fund game is included), and is 7-1 in the region. Sitka fell to 7-11 overall and 1-5 in region.

After winning easily on Friday, the Crimson Bears probably figured it would be more of the same in Saturday night's game. But after the first quarter, Juneau trailed 13-2. The Crimson Bears closed the margin to 16-14 by halftime, and still trailed 20-19 entering the fourth quarter.

That's when Kacie Murphy made all six of her free throws and scored eight of her team-high 10 points to lead the Juneau comeback. Murphy, a senior guard-forward, missed most of the season with an injured ankle and was only playing in her fifth and sixth games this weekend. She's scored in double figures for her last three games.

"She's playing a few more minutes than I thought she could," Hamey said. "She had a good fourth quarter, but she didn't shoot that well early in the game. That's the main thing she does, it put the ball in the basket."

Amy Neussl added nine points for Juneau and Hilary Rehfeld scored seven, but down the stretch it was the defensive play of Suzanne Parr that saved the game. Parr forced Sitka into several turnovers that helped Juneau pull ahead.

"We played well for the last few minutes," Hamey said. "Suzanne had some steals and we grabbed some rebounds."

Sidney Wyman scored eight points to lead Sitka, which was missing point guard Kim Uddipa for the weekend because of a broken hand. Mindy Jacoby added six points and Miranda Whitson scored five for the Wolves.

"They went inside on us early, and we weren't defending the high-low pass in the post," Hamey said. "You've got to give Sitka credit. They played hard."

On Friday, Juneau took a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and it was 22-10 at halftime. The Crimson Bears never looked back from there.

Neussl scored 12 points to lead Juneau, while Murphy hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Rehfeld added eight and Suzanne Parr scored six.

Wyman was the only Sitka player to score more than three points, finishing with 11 to lead the Wolves.

"We just shot the ball better," Hamey said when asked about the difference between the two games. "We were very patient on offense and we passed the ball better. Tonight we had trouble getting into position and running our set plays."

While his team will have a chance to rest during its week off, Hamey said he plans to have some intense practices as the Crimson Bears prepare for the playoffs.

"We'll work hard on blocking out and running our offense," Hamey said. "We've done it before, we just have to be confident in what we're doing. We'll also watch a lot of video of teams we might play. I'm glad we have the week off."

In junior varsity action, Juneau won 49-13 on Saturday and 51-23 on Friday. The Sitka C team edged Juneau 31-28 on Saturday, while Juneau won 41-31 on Friday. JV and C team boxscores will run on the Scoreboard page on Monday or Tuesday.

CRIMSON BEARS 32, WOLVES 27

Saturday's girls varsity game from Sitka

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (32) -- Kari Parr 0 0-0 0, Alida Bus 0 0-0 0, Nicole Lupro 0 0-0 0, Suzanne Parr 0 2-4 2, Kendri Cesar 1 1-2 3, Anna Capacci 0 0-0 0, Heather Dillon 0 0-0 0, Mary Rehfeld 0 0-0 0, Amy Neussl 3 3-3 9, Kacie Murphy 1 8-8 10, Hilary Rehfeld 1 5-6 7, Danielle Larson 0 1-2 1, Letasha McKoy 0 0-0 0, Jessica Hahnlen 0 0-0 0, Julie Heard 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 6 20-25 32.

SITKA (27) -- Chloe DeLong 1 0-0 2, Kim Uddipa 0 0-0 0, Mindy Jacoby 2 1-2 6, Heather Hawk 1 1-2 3, Chelsea Young 0 3-4 3, Ashley Norman 0 0-0 0, Kandi McGilton 0 0-0 0, Joy Ribao 0 0-0 0, Emily Gluth 0 0-0 0, Miranda Whitson 2 1-2 5, Sidney Wyman 3 2-2 8, Camille Padilla 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 8-12 27.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 2 12 5 13 -- 32

SITKA 13 3 4 7 -- 27

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 0, Sitka 1 (Jacoby 1). Fouled out -- Juneau-Douglas 0, Sitka 1 (DeLong). Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 13, Sitka 21.

CRIMSON BEARS 53, WOLVES 23

Friday's girls varsity game from Sitka

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (53) -- Kari Prr 1 3-4 5, Alida Bus 1 0-0 2, Nicole Lupro 0 0-0 0, Suzanne Parr 2 2-2 6, Kendri Cesar 1 0-0 2, Anna Capacci 0 1-2 1, Heather Dillon 1 0-0 2, Mary Rehfeld 0 0-0 0, Amy Neussl 5 2-2 12, Kacie Murphy 4 0-0 11, Hilary Rehfeld 2 4-6 8, Danielle Larson 1 2-2 4, Letasha McKoy 0 0-0 0, Jessica Hahnlen 0 0-0 0, Julie Heard 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 14-18 53.

SITKA (23) -- Chloe DeLong 0 0-0 0, Kim Uddipa 0 0-0 0, Mindy Jacoby 1 1-4 3, Chelsea Young 0 2-3 2, Ashley Norman 0 0-0 0, Kandi McGilton 0 2-2 2, Joy Ribao 0 0-0 0, Emily Gluth 0 0-0 0, Miranda Whitson 1 1-3 3, Heather Hawk 1 0-0 2, Sidney Wyman 4 2-3 11, Camille Padilla 0 0-0 0. Totals: 7 8-15 23.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 14 8 13 18 -- 53

SITKA 3 7 5 8 -- 23

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 3 (Murphy 3), Sitka 1 (Wyman 1). Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 16, Sitka 15.



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