The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team won its final two regular season games to conclude the regular season.
The Crimson Bears defeated host Lathrop 58-26 Saturday in the regular-season finale after taking down North Pole 36-27 the previous night.
Up next for JDHS (19-3) will be either Sitka or Ketchikan on Friday in Southeast Conference championship game. The winner of that game will qualify for the state championship tournament in Anchorage.
This Saturday, Juneau-Douglas raced out to a 17-4 first quarter lead and coasted to the 32-point victory.
"The nice thing for us is that Lathrop played a 2-3 and a 1-3-1 zone most of the game," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. "We got a chance to execute against a zone. We're so used to playing so much man-to-man, to play against a zone was good."
The Crimson Bears held a 31-14 halftime lead and extended it to 43-20 after three quarters.
Talisa Rhea led JDHS in scoring with 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
Lexi Garvey added 10 points, Kerstin Kimlinger and Hannah Buck had six points each while Jordan Harvey, Maddie Swofford, Nicole Fenumiai and Andrea Doerflinger tallied four points each in the win.
Sophia Smith scored five points and Kayla Harrison added two points for JDHS.
"We were able to rotate people in," Knight said. "We got playing experience for everybody."
In Friday's win against the Patriots, JDHS defense stymied North Pole.
Juneau-Douglas yielded just 11 points in the first half.
"The really nice thing about the North Pole game was the girls did an excellent job of containing North Pole and forcing them to shoot a low percentage," Knight said.
Garvey led the team with 11 points while Rhea scored seven.
Harvey had six points, Smith added five points, Fenumiai contributed three points while Veronica Lietz and Buck scored two points each.
Knight rested Rhea and Garvey and played underclassmen and junior varsity players Thursday in a 45-37 loss to Class 3A Hutchinson. The loss counted as a JV game for Juneau-Douglas.
JDHS struggled offensively in the first half, falling behind 28-17. Hutchinson managed just five points in the third quarter but held on for the upset win.
K.K. Sanders led the Crimson Bears with 10 points while Smith and Harrison scored seven points each. Harvey, Kimlinger and Lietz added four points each and Buck sank a free throw in the loss.
Sharlene Harrison led Hutchinson with 11 points.
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