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Host Juneau-Douglas made quick work of Ketchikan on Wednesday with a 64-30 win in the second round of the 4A girls’ bracket of the Region V 3A/4A Basketball Tournament.
The defending conference and 4A state champion Crimson Bears began postseason play with a bang, sprinting to a 15-0 lead in the early going.
Juneau-Douglas scored 27 points off 25 Ketchikan turnovers and outscored the Kings 19-4 on second-chance points with a 41-24 rebounding edge. The Bears also shot nearly 44 percent to the Kings 29 percent.
The JDHS bench played a big role, scoring 26 points.
Taylor Larson scored 21 points for JDHS, and the Bears’ senior forward said it was a good start to the postseason as Juneau-Douglas begins its march to back-to-back state titles.
“We watched the Ketchikan-Thunder Mountain game last night and it could have gone either way,” Larson said. “It was really close and even though we’ve beaten both teams by a lot, we still come out hard, pressing and trying our best. There’s not a let up from us.
“We just need to keep working on our zone defense, and that’s what we’ve been working on most during games.”
Senior guard Nani Ostrom started things off with a triple from the wing, and Sarah Tarver stole the inbounds and put it up and in for a quick 5-0 lead in the first 20 seconds of the game. Tarver then got another steal off the press and another layup, Taylor Larson made a couple of free throws and Tarver got another layup after a Karli Brakes steal.
Larson got a stickback inside and a Marissa Brakes steal led to another bucket for Tarver and it was 15-0 Bears less than four minutes in, and JDHS led 19-7 after one quarter.
The second quarter was the Larson show. The Bears 5-foot-9 power forward scored the first 13 points in the period and assisted on another basket, working down low where Ketchikan had no answer for her strength on the block.
A Larson stickback gave JDHS a 34-14 lead, and Marissa Brakes then drove the baseline for an old-fashioned 3-point play. Brakes got a steal the other way and hit sophomore Esra Siddeek in stride for a layup and a 39-16 JDHS lead at the break.
Juneau-Douglas gave up just four points in the third quarter, pulling away to a 51-20 lead.
Larson led the way with 21 points and eight boards while Tarver chipped in 12 points, seven boards and seven steals. Marissa Brakes had five steals and three assists in extended playing time for JDHS.
Bayley Lindgren led Ketchikan with 11 points.
Ketchikan plays Thunder Mountain today at 11:50 a.m.