The Juneau girls basketball team will be playing with practice and pride on their minds as they face the Ketchikan Kings this weekend.
The Crimson Bears (15-5 overall, 6-0 Region V-Class 4A) have already clinched the regular-season region title and a first-round bye at next weekend's Southeast tourney. But the home series against the Kings (13-6 overall, 2-4 region) gives Juneau its last pre-tourney tune-up, and the chance to finish undefeated in region play.
Juneau - which will be facing the emotions of Senior Night - beat Ketchikan handily two weeks ago during a series in Ketchikan. Juneau junior Mary Rehfeld and freshman Talisa Rhea led a 3-point barrage, and senior Heather Dillon played a key role in defending the Kings' post players as the Crimson Bears won 58-41 on the first night and 49-22 in the rematch.
Ketchikan found some success inside with 6-foot junior Katie Geldaker and sophomore Laura West, who each scored 12 points in the first Juneau-Kayhi game. When Dillon shut them down the second night, junior guard Destiny Bell - a transfer from Class 2A Hydaburg - put up 12 points.
But Bell scored eight of those points late in the contest, after Juneau senior Kendri Cesar - assigned with defending Bell - came out of the game.
Junior guard Tori Edwardson has also been a scoring threat this for the Kings this season
After this weekend's games, the Crimson Bears will turn their attention to next week's Region V-Class 3A/4A tournament at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. Ketchikan and Sitka will play on Thursday, with the winner advancing to play Juneau for the sole state tourney berth the following night.