Seven up for Juneau-Douglas girls

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Crimson Bears routed Class 3A region champs Mount Edgecumbe 71-34. JDHS hasn't lost a Class 4A title or a crossover game since 2001, when the Braves took the title.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

"It was important to us because they're a 3A school so we knew they were going to come out ready," JDHS freshman Hannah Swofford said. "We had to work on our plays and get ready for state."

At the state tournament, Juneau-Douglas will be required to play three games in three days. Success will depend not only on the Crimson Bears' ability to execute against top competition, but their ability to maintain a high level of focus and intensity on consecutive days.

Therefore after an emotional 53-31 victory over Ketchikan the night before, coach Lesslie Knight wanted to see energy from her Bears.

Juneau led 31-16 at halftime after a slow start where Mount Edgecumbe led 8-5 in the first five minutes.

"I don't think we came out very strong in the first half," Knight said. "The idea was most teams go flat after a big game like (Friday). Could we maintain that intensity for three nights in a row?

"One of the thing the kids did an amazing job was at halftime, I usually go in (the locker room) right away but instead I left them by themselves for a long time," Knight said. "They talked amongst themselves and decided what they needed to work on and we played a much better second half."

Juneau took over in the second half, carving up Mount Edgecumbe's 2-3 zone with jumpers and hook shots.

Brittany Fenumiai added two more 3-pointers while Swofford and fellow post player Taylor Larson went to work inside. Larson hit a hook shot in the post while Swofford scored all 12 of her points in the second half.

Against the zone, Juneau's post players did a good job of flying into position while the guards alertly fed them the ball. When the post wasn't open, Juneau showed patience by passing until the right opportunity for a shot presented itself. Of Juneau's 31 made shots, 21 of them came off assists.

"We're used to seeing zones because we're such a big team," Swofford said. "We just worked on our zone plays."

JDHS showed balance offensively as four players scored 10 or more points. Brittany Fenumiai had a team-high 15 points with five rebounds. Larson had 13 points and seven rebounds and forward Nicole Fenumiai had 10 points in the win. Defensively, Brakes and Larson recorded four steals each.

The Braves showed heart in defeat and played hard throughout the game. Lillian Webber led Mount Edgecumbe with seven points while Charlea Kewan-Bartleson had six points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Up next for Juneau-Douglas is the first round of the Class 4A state tournament on March 20 in Anchorage. The Bears will find out their opponent later this week.

Juneau-Douglas 71, Mount Edgecumbe 34

JDHS 21 10 25 15 - 71

Mt.E 8 10 8 8 - 34

JDHS (71)-Johnson 0-1 0-2 0, Dierick 0-1 0-0 3, Tingley 3-5 0-0 6, B. Fenumiai 3-4 0-0 15, Brakes 1-1 0-0 5, Harrison 0-0 0-0 3, Tarver 0-0 0-0 0, Highley 2-3 0-2 4, Larson 6-10 1-1 13, N. Fenumiai 4-7 2-4 10, Swofford 6-10 0-0 12, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 68 3-9 71.

Mt.E (34)-Beaver 0-2 2-4 2, Binksowkie 0-0 0-0 0, Ivanoff 1-2 1-2 3, Morris 3-5 0-1 6, Berlin 0-0 0-0 0, Webber 0-0 0-0 0, Wallace 0-2 0-0 3, Thomas 1-5 0-0 2, Webber 3-9 1-5 7, Kewan-Bartleson 3-6 0-1 6, Pinagayak 0-2 0-0 0, Cronk 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 29 5-15 34.

3-point Goals-JDHS 6-21 (B. Fenumiai 3-8, Harrison 1-6, Brakes 1-2, Dierick 1-4, Johnson 0-1). Mount Edgecumbe 1-6 (Wallace 1-4, Beaver 0-1, Webber 0-1).

Rebounds-JDHS 41 (Larson 7). Mount Edgecumbe 40 (Kewan-Bartleson 9).

Assists-JDHS 21 (Tingley 5). Mount Edgecumbe 7 (Beaver, Wallace 2).

Fouled out-None.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.



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