JDHS girls overcome tough Kings

Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2007

SITKA - In an exciting and energetic game, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team defeated Ketchikan 66-59 to win the Class 4A Southeast Conference championship Friday at Mount Edgecumbe High School.

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Crimson Bears senior Talisa Rhea stepped up with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

"I was trying to do whatever it takes to get the win without thinking about points," Rhea said.

After leading 50-48 after three quarters, the top-ranked Crimson Bears put the game away with a big fourth quarter. Juneau led by seven points with two minutes left in regulation to seal another trip to Anchorage.

"Ketchikan did great," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. "They put a lot of pressure on."

The Lady Kings played neck-and-neck with the defending regional champs for three quarters. Ketchikan, led by first-year coach Melissa Johnson, ended the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 31-30 halftime lead.

Knight said she tried to build her team up at halftime.

"Anything can happen at region," Knight said. "Don't get caught up in the tempo of the game and the noise. Just stay confident and outscore and out-rebound them."

Ketchikan's Laci Effenberger scored the game's first basket as Juneau's Kayla Harrison answered with a bucket of her own.

Both teams appeared as if they were getting the jitters out with five turnovers early in the game. Juneau closed out the first quarter with an 18-16 lead.

Juneau-Douglas also knocked down 24 of 28 free throws in the win.

All-tournament team

Class 4A Girls

• Talisa Rhea, JDHS

• Veronica Lietz, JDHS

• Nicole Fenumiai, JDHS

• Crystal Reno, Ketchikan

• Jamie Edwardson, Ketchikan

• Kelsea Johnson, Sitka

JDHS used a balanced scoring attack Friday. Junior Nicole Fenumiai and freshman Corey Mulder scored nine points each, senior Andrea Doerflinger had five points and eight rebounds, while Harrison tallied six points for the Crimson Bears.

Also in the win, Veronica Lietz added four points and Mahlet Tingley chipped in three.

For Ketchikan, Tara Hofmann had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Jamie Edwardson scored 19 points, and Effenberger added nine points in defeat.

3A/4A CROSSOVER GAME

JDHS 63, Petersburg 37

Juneau-Douglas High School senior Talisa Rhea made her final game in Southeast Alaska memorable Saturday.

Rhea posted 23 points, nine steals, six assists, five rebounds and two blocks as the Crimson Bears sealed the Class 3A/4A Southeast Conference crossover championship.

"I thought that we controlled the temp well and there wasn't a whole lot of defensive pressure," Rhea said. "We were able to run our offense."

The senior dictated play by making 9 of 13 shots and 5 of 6 free throws.

Sophomore point guard Kayla Harrison added 14 points and four rebounds in the win as JDHS outscored the Class 3A champs 29-13 in the win.

"We were a little sluggish in the first half with our posts in particular," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. "Talisa could continuously penetrate on them. She had 16 points in the first half and they couldn't contain Talisa at all."

JDHS led 30-24 at the half before putting the game away.

The Crimson Bears rotated 12 players against Petersburg, giving their younger players big-game experience.

Annette Highley and Kristen Pratt scored two points each and Emily Johnson had a steal and assist in the win. Freshmen Corey Mulder and Mahlet Tingley scored seven and three points respectively in the win.

Also, freshman Brittany Fenumiai played in her first game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Dec. 23. Fenumiai played a couple minutes and took a 3-point shot in the win.

"She's made a miraculous, phenomenal recovery," Knight said. "She's done a lot of hard work with her rehab. She'll be used a little bit situationally, but we have to be smart playing with that injury. It's only six weeks after total ACL replacement surgery. It's amazing how hard the kid works and how much the kid loves the game. It's touching."

JDHS will play in the state semifinals on March 22 at Service High School. The brackets will be released today.

FRIDAY'S GAME

Juneau-Douglas 66, Ketchikan 59

JDHS - 18 12 20 16 - 66

Kayhi - 16 15 17 11 - 59

JDHS (66) - Rhea 9-18 8-9 30; Tingley 0-0 3-4 3; Harrison 3-9 0-0 6; Lietz 2-5 0-0 4; Mulder 1-5 7-9 9; Buck 0-0 0-0 0; N. Fenumiai 2-5 5-5 9; Doerflinger 2-4 1-1 5.

Ketchikan (59) - Blair 0-0 0-0 0; A. Edwardson 2-4 3-4 8; J. Edwardson 4-6 2-3 10; Effenberger 4-18 1-5 9; Geldaker 2-3 0-0 4; Hofmann 6-15 1-3 13; Lorenzo 1-3 1-1 3; Reno 2-4 0-0 4; Voetberg 3-8 2-2 8.

3-point shots - JDHS 4-8 (Rhea 4), Ketchikan 1-10 (A. Edwardson).

Rebounds - JDHS 32 (Rhea 11), Ketchikan 40 (Hofmann 12).

Assists - JDHS 9 (Rhea, Tingley, Harrison, Lietz 2), Ketchikan 3 (Effenberger, Geldaker, Lorenzo).

SATURDAY'S GAME

Juneau-Douglas 63, Petersburg 37

JDHS - 19 15 16 13 - 63

PHS - 14 10 6 7 - 37

JDHS (63) - Johnson 0-1 0-0 0; Rhea 9-13 5-6 23; Tingley 1-4 1-1 3; B. Fenumiai 0-0 0-0 0; Highley 1-2 0-2 2; Harrison 6-7 2-3 14; Lietz 2-6 0-0 4; Mulder 3-6 1-1 7; Pratt 1-3 0-0 2; Buck 0-1 4-4 4; N. Fenumiai 1-5 2-2 4; Doerflinger 0-4 0-0 0.

Petersburg (37) - Abbot 1-4 0-0 2; Falter 0-0 0-0 3; Peterson 0-1 0-0 0; Baldwin 1-4 0-2 2; Berg 2-7 7-12 11; Silva 0-0 0-0 0; McMahan 1-4 0-0 2; Bell 1-7 2-2 10; Northern 2-2 0-0 4; Mucei 0-0 0-0 0; Uttrell 1-2 1-2 3.

3-point shots - JDHS 0-5, Petersburg 3-7 (Falter 1, Bell 2).

Rebounds - JDHS 39 (Mulder 8), Petersburg 26 (Berg, McMahan, Northern 4).

Assists - JDHS 10 (Rhea 6), Petersburg 7 (Silva, McMahan 2).

• Editor's note: Tim Nichols, sports editor, contributed to this report.



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