Juneau-Douglas girls topple host Sitka

Rhea scores 22 points in 20 minutes for the Crimson Bears

Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team accomplished a number of different goals Saturday in a 59-35 victory at Sitka.

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The Crimson Bears' starters got some time on the floor, the team practiced in preparation for next weekend's regional tournament, and coach Lesslie Knight worked some new players into the mix against the Wolves.

"We really pretty much maintained control from the start," Knight said. "In the first quarter, Talisa (Rhea) hit a couple 3s and then Kayla (Harrison) hit a 3, then we stayed on top from then on out."

Rhea averaged more than a point per minute as she posted 22 points, six rebounds and six assists in just 20 minutes of work for JDHS (18-3, 7-0 Southeast).

"Her minutes were productive," Knight said. "She got 20 minutes but she normally plays 28 to 32."

Corey Mulder added eight points and six boards, Hannah Buck contributed two points and six rebounds, and Andrea Doerflinger pulled down five rebounds in the win. As a team, JDHS grabbed 42 rebounds to Sitka's 22.

Saturday's win also gave Knight an opportunity to put some new Crimson Bears into the varsity mix.

Junior varsity regulars Kristen Pratt, Emily Johnson and Annette Highley all saw significant minutes in the win.

"I was pleasantly surprised with Kristen, Emily and Annette," Knight said. "I don't think Emily and Kristen have seen any varsity minutes."

Johnson scored five points in the win, Pratt added three points, and Highley chipped in two points. The biggest number for the trio, though, may be 0.

Neither Johnson, Pratt or Highley turned the ball over once in the win.

"They were comfortable handling the ball," Knight said. "I don't think any of them had turnovers. That's huge. They need to be able to do that and take care of the ball."

Justine Chapman led the Wolves (4-16, 0-7) with 12 points.

JDHS led 28-17 after halftime and outscored Sitka 31-18 in the second half to extend its winning streak to 11 games.

The two teams finish the regular season at 2:15 p.m. today in Sitka.

Juneau's junior varsity team also won Saturday, defeating the Wolves 45-29.

Kailyn Sander scored 11 points and Highley had 10 points to lead JDHS. Pratt tallied eight points, Susy Hurtte scored four points while Kristen Dierick, Wendy Calderwood and Jessica Pons-Hardy had three points each in the win. Amy Bergman had two points and Johnson hit a free throw in the win.

Michaela Coleman led Sitka's JV with seven points.


JDHS 59, Sitka 35

JDHS - 17 11 18 13 - 59

Sitka - 11 6 9 9 - 35

JDHS (59) - Johnson 5, Rhea 22, Tingley 6, Harrison 3, Lietz 1, Highley 2, Mulder 8, Pratt 3, Buck 2, Fenumiai 7.

Sitka (35) - Trani 3, DelMoral 7, Martin 2, Medinger 5, Johnson 12, Coleman 4, Puletau 2.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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