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Juneau girls wrap up perfect record in Region V play

Wins over Wolves are ugly, but they're still wins for Bears

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2003

It wasn't pretty, but the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team swept its two-game road weekend series against Sitka this weekend to post a perfect regular-season record in Region V-Class 4A play.

The Crimson Bears beat the Wolves in a pair of low-scoring games, winning 35-26 on Friday and 41-30 on Saturday. Juneau (15-5 overall, 8-0 region) now has won eight games in a row as the team heads into next weekend's Region V-Class 4A tournament at Ketchikan.

"That's what we were going for," senior Amy Neussl said of Juneau's undefeated region season after Saturday's game. "Even though it may not have been pretty, in the end we got a 'W.'"

"They were pretty ugly games," junior Alida Bus said of the weekend series. "We didn't play bad, but ... we didn't play up to our potential."

On both nights, Juneau jumped out to an early lead and had to hold on as Sitka (5-16, 1-7) attempted a late rally. In Saturday's game, Juneau led 29-12 at halftime as Neussl and junior Letasha McKoy each scored 10 points - their game totals - in the first two quarters.

The Crimson Bears extended their lead to 37-16 after three quarters before Sitka went on a run that got the home crowd excited but ultimately came up short.

"They had a big run in the fourth quarter - 14 points to our four," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said after Saturday's game. "We had four or five turnovers in the fourth quarter."

The Crimson Bears were led on scoring by Neussl and McKoy, and senior Danielle Larson, who also scored 10 points. All of Larson's points came from free throws; she finished 10-for-15 from the line.

McKoy's scoring came despite having to deal with a wrist injury that required a brace.

"She played through it and did really awesome," Bus said.

Sitka was led by senior Sidney Wyman's 12 points on Saturday, including eight in the fourth quarter. Freshman Kim Dodson added 10 points for the Wolves.

Knight said the Bears had been preparing for zone defenses, but Sitka opted to go with more man-to-man defensive schemes on both nights.

Friday's game saw both teams plagued with poor free-throw shooting. Sitka went 10-for-22, or 45 percent, from the charity stripe. Juneau didn't miss as many free throws, but fared slightly worse in shooting percentage. The Crimson Bears wound up shooting 7-for-16, or 44 percent.

The Crimson Bears and Wolves stayed fairly even through the first quarter - Juneau led 9-8 after the opening period - but the Bears pulled away in the second quarter.

Juneau outscored Sitka 15-6 in the second period to take a 24-14 lead at the half. The Crimson Bears were aided in the first half by three 3-pointers from Neussl; she had four in the game.

Neussl said she got scoring opportunities while Sitka focused on shutting down Larson in the paint.

"They held our (inside scoring) in check, but the outside opened up," she said.

Juneau extended its lead to 15 after the third period before Sitka mounted a rally attempt. The Wolves scored 13 points in the final period to just four points for Juneau, but could not complete the comeback.

Neussl's 15 points led Juneau; McKoy added nine points and Larson chipped in five. Dodson led Sitka with 10 points, while Wyman added nine.

Bus said the team is excited about its regular-season accomplishments in the region, and is looking forward to the postseason.

"It feels good," she said. "We're pretty jazzed for regionals."

JV/C teams win Saturday

The Juneau girls JV and C teams beat their Sitka opponents on Saturday.

Ashley Larson scored 10 points for Juneau as the Crimson Bears JV defeated the Wolves JV, 35-21. Mary Rehfeld added seven points for the Bears.

Lexi Garvey and Torie Powers each scored 11 points to lead the Juneau C team to a 57-16 rout of the Sitka C team. Kristin Kimlinger added seven points for Juneau as every Crimson Bear scored at least two points.

Scores and stats from Friday's JV and C teams were not available.

Andrew Krueger can be reached at akrueger@juneauempire.com.

CRIMSON BEARS 41, WOLVES 30

Saturday's girls boxscore from Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (41) - Alida Bus 0 0-0 0, Julie Heard 0 0-2 0, Kendri Cesar 2 3-3 7, Bianca Carpeneti 0 0-0 0, Heather Dillon 1 0-0 2, Mary Rehfeld 0 0-0 0, Amy Neussl 3 2-2 10, Danielle Larson 0 10-15 10, Letasha McKoy 4 2-6 10, Sophia Smith 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 17-28 41.

SITKA (30) - Joy Ribao 2 0-0 4, Tawny Hoyt 0 0-0 0, Cameo Padilla 0 0-1 0, Brit DelMoral 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Young 0 0-0 0, Ashley Norman 0 0-0 0, Miranda Whitson 1 2-3 4, Kim Dodson 5 0-5 10, Natalia Potrzuski 0 0-2 0, Sidney Wyman 3 6-6 12, Morley Gordon 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 8-15 30.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 14 15 8 4 - 41

SITKA 4 8 4 14 - 30

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 2 (Neussl 2), Sitka 0. Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 16, Sitka 18.

CRIMSON BEARS 35, WOLVES 29

Friday's girls boxscore from Sitka High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (35) - Alida Bus 0 0-0 0, Julie Heard 1 0-1 2, Kendri Cesar 1 0-0 2, Heather Dillon 0 0-0 0, Mary Rehfeld 0 0-0 0, Amy Neussl 5 1-4 15, Danielle Larson 1 3-3 5, Letasha McKoy 4 1-6 9, Sophia Smith 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 0 2-2 2. Totals: 12 7-16 35.

SITKA (29) - Joy Ribao 0 0-0 0, Tawny Hoyt 1 0-0 3, Cameo Padilla 0 1-2 1, Chelsea Young 0 2-2 2, Ashley Norman 0 0-0 0, Miranda Whitson 1 2-2 4, Kim Dodson 3 4-11 10, Natalia Potrzuski 0 0-1 0, Sidney Wyman 4 1-4 9, Morley Gordon 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 10-22 29.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 9 15 7 4 - 35

SITKA 8 6 2 13 - 29

3-point goals - Juneau-Douglas 4 (Neussl 4), Sitka 1 (Hoyt 1). Fouled out - Juneau-Douglas 1 (D. Larson), Sitka 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Juneau-Douglas 21, Sitka 15.



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