Kayhi boys win SE crown

Juneau girls beat Edgecumbe in crossover game

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2005

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The Ketchikan Kings posted their second straight Southeast-Class 4A boys championship in an overtime victory against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Friday, but their celebration didn't really begin for another 24 hours or so.

The Kings held off a furious comeback attempt by the Class 3A Mount Edgecumbe Braves on Saturday to record a 56-54 victory in the Southeast crossover championship game at Juneau-Douglas High School, giving Ketchikan its first overall region championship since 1989 and helping erase the sting from last year's region crossover loss to 3A Metlakatla.

"Beating Juneau always feels good. It felt good to bring the crossover (title) back to 4A too," said Ketchikan's Thomas Montgomery, who had a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds in the win over Mount Edgecumbe.

To be sure, a victory by 3A champion Mt. Edgecumbe on Saturday - something many region hoop prognosticators thought was a very real possibility - would have marked an unprecedented third-straight overall title by a 3A school. Craig was the overall champ in 2003 and Metlakatla knocked off Kings in 2004.

Montgomery said beating Juneau for a second straight year in the 4A region championship on Friday - an emotional win, no doubt - was a bit difficult to rebound from.

"We were tired and a little sore, but we fought it out," he said.

The Kings (18-6 overall) looked anything but tired when they came out of the gates on Saturday. Led by a stifling defense - Ketchikan had six steals in the first quarter alone - the Kings quickly jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter.

Mount Edgecumbe scrambled back, though, showing that their 18-3 record and No. 2 state ranking are deserved.

The Braves cut the lead to seven points at the half and three points after three quarters, thanks in large part to a three-point bombing exhibition by guard Josh Thomas (23 points, five rebounds). Thomas' NBA-range treys - he was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the second half - kept Mt. Edgecumbe in the contest.

"We never thought we were out of it," said the Braves' Brandon Thomas, who added eight points to the attack. "When Josh hit that first three in the second half, it gave us all the confidence."

The Braves eventually tied the contest at 45-45 with five minutes left in the game, but Ketchikan ran off six straight points and held off Mount Edgecumbe's repeated runs in the homestretch.

A second straight 4A title followed by their first overall region title in 15 years has the Kings feeling good about their place in Southeast play again.

"We're hoping to start a new tradition," said Ketchikan guard Jesse LeBeau, who scored 13 points and had six rebounds. "Juneau's been smacking us around for a long time."

"In last year's crossover game, we had things in control in the first half but we messed up in the second half," LeBeau recalled. "We didn't want that to happen again. This is really something special."

Now, the Big Dance awaits. Ketchikan will hope to improve upon last year's opening-round loss in the state championships next weekend in Anchorage.

"Last year we went up against the No. 1 seed," he said of the Kings' loss to Bartlett in the opening round. "We have to practice and come out ready."

Similarly, the Braves said they'll shake off this disappointing loss to Ketchikan and prepare for the goal they set as a priority at the start of the year -- a state championship.

"This was a tough loss, but our focus is on state now," Josh Thomas said.

Agreed Brandon Thomas, "This will get us ready. It will toughen us up for the tough teams in Anchorage."

SOUTHEAST GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

Class 4A Crimson Bears 56, Class 3A Braves 44

The Class 4A Juneau girls basketball team got a strong challenge from Class 3A Mount Edgecumbe in Saturday's Southeast crossover championship game, but the Crimson Bears rallied for a 56-44 win and their fourth straight title.

Juneau had to fight back from a 10-point second-half deficit for the victory.

"It's good that we won, but also kind of disappointing that we didn't play to our ability and that they wanted it a lot more than we did," Juneau senior Ashley Larson said. "Once we calmed down, things started to go in our favor."

Juneau (18-6 overall) led 12-8 after the first quarter, but the Braves took a 15-14 lead when Skeeter Atoruk converted a three-point play with 5:33 to go in the second quarter. Mount Edgecumbe held a 25-21 lead at halftime.

The Braves (21-2 overall) scored the first six points of the second half, increasing their lead to 31-21 on a basket by Ellie Jackson with 5:33 left in the third. But Juneau went on a 14-5 run the rest of the period, keyed by a pair of 3-pointers by senior Mary Rehfeld and another from junior Sophia Smith.

Senior Ashley Larson opened the fourth quarter with a basket to put Juneau ahead 37-36, and the Crimson Bears never trailed again in the game. Junior Lexi Garvey converted a three-point play with 5:39 left to put Juneau ahead 41-38, and she hit a 3-pointer with 3:51 to play for a 46-40 edge.

Garvey and Rehfeld each scored 14 points to lead Juneau, while senior Kate Potter scored 12 points.

Jennifer Evan scored 11 points and Jackson added 10 for Mount Edgecumbe.

"They play hard, and play with a lot of heart," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said of the Braves.

"I'm so proud of them," Braves coach Rich Calkins said of his team. "We started a little hesitant, but something clicked and the girls figured out it was just another basketball game, and they played the type of basketball we're capable of playing. ...

"I told the girls in the locker room if they play as hard (at state) as they did tonight, they'll do well."

In Saturday's early crossover consolation games, the Class 3A Petersburg boys beat Class 4A Sitka 49-41 behind 15 points from Jeb Phillips, and the Class 4A Sitka girls edged Class 3A Petersburg 46-44 behind 10 points from Helen Kennedy.

• Andrew Krueger contributed to this report. The Juneau Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

CLASS 4A KINGS 56, CLASS 3A BRAVES 54

Saturday's crossover championship boys game from JDHS

MOUNT EDGECUMBE (54) - Josh Thomas 9 0-0 23, Brandon Thomas 3 2-5 8, Tommy Stasenko 1 3-4 5, Erik Stickler 2 0-0 4, Earl Alstrom 0 0-0 0, Damen Bell-Holter 3 3-8 9, Caleb McGraw 1 2-2 5. Totals: 19 10-19 54.

KETCHIKAN (56) - Thomas Montgomery 6 4-4 19, Jesse LeBeau 4 3-5 13, Derek Clark 2 1-2 5, Casey Bass 1 0-0 2, Beau Poppen 0 0-0 0, Mike Meacock 3 0-0 6, Mike Jepson 0 0-0 0, Charles Altman 1 0-0 2, Kyle Howe 0 0-0 0, Tyler Richardson 3 3-5 9, Mike Bruce 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 11-16 56.

MOUNT EDGECUMBE 9 13 16 16 - 54

KETCHIKAN 18 11 12 15 - 56

3-point goals - Mount Edgecumbe 6 (Thomas 5, McGraw), Ketchikan 5 (Montgomery 3, LeBeau 2). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Mount Edgecumbe 15, Ketchikan 15.

CLASS 4A CRIMSON BEARS 56, CLASS 3A BRAVES 44

Saturday's crossover championship girls game from JDHS

MOUNT EDGECUMBE (44) - Ellie Jackson 4 2-2 10, Jennifer Evan 4 2-2 11, Jolene Jackinsky 0 0-0 0, Nicole Akaran 2 1-3 5, Kim Rychnovsky 3 1-3 9, Carlotta Evan 0 0-0 0, Skeeter Atoruk 3 1-1 7, Victoria Smeaton 0 0-0 0, Sara Morris 1 0-2 2. Totals: 17 7-14 44.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (56) - Talisa Rhea 1 3-4 5, Lexi Garvey 5 2-3 14, Jordan Harvey 1 0-0 3, Kerstin Kimlinger 1 0-0 2, Sophia Smith 1 0-0 3, Mary Rehfeld 5 1-1 14, Kate Potter 6 0-0 12, Veronica Leitz 0 0-0 0, Maddie Swofford 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 1 0-2 2, Nicole Fenumiai 0 1-2 1, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 7-12 56.

MOUNT EDGECUMBE 8 17 11 8 - 44

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 9 14 21 - 56

3-point goals - Mount Edgecumbe 3 (Rychnovsky 2, J. Evan), Juneau-Douglas 7 (Rehfeld 3, Garvey 2, Harvey, Smith). Fouled out - Mount Edgecumbe 1 (Jackson), Juneau-Douglas 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Mount Edgecumbe 14, Juneau-Douglas 14.

CLASS 3A VIKINGS 49, CLASS 4A WOLVES 41

Saturday's crossover consolation boys game from JDHS

PETERSBURG (49) - Sam Jensen 4 0-0 8, Jeb Phillips 5 5-9 15. Blake Buotte 0 0-0 0, Matt Short 1 2-2 4, Aaron Phillips 1 1-2 3, Trevor McCay 3 2-2 10, Stuart Meeks 1 4-7 7, David Mazzella 0 0-0 0, Cameron Severson 0 0-0 0, Cody Peterson 1 0-0 2, Kalen Williams 0 0-0 0, Michael Serafini 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 14-22 49.

SITKA (41) - Kory Hanson 1 0-0 2, Van Hanson 0 0-0 0, Bryn Calhoun 1 1-2 4, Keith Stedman 5 3-4 13, Manfred Bekeris 0 0-0 0, Jayson Asnin 2 6-6 10, Zach Carlson 0 0-0 0, Doug Folger 0 0-0 0, Andrew Broschat 2 4-6 10, Tom Stonebreaker 1 0-2 2. Totals: 12 14-20 41.

PETERSBURG 10 11 11 17 - 49

SITKA 8 12 5 16 - 41

3-point goals - Petersburg 3 (McCay 2, Meeks), Sitka 3 (Broschet 2, Calhoun). Fouled out - Sitka 1 (Asnin), Petersburg 0. Technical fouls - Petersburg 1 (McCay). Total fouls - Petersburg 20, Sitka 18.

CLASS 4A WOLVES 46, CLASS 3A VIKINGS 44

Saturday's crossover consolation girls game from JDHS

SITKA (46) - Dianne Chong 0 0-2 0, K.J. Lorenzo 0 3-4 3, Joy Ribao 2 0-2 4, Chentell Miyasato 2 2-2 6, Kelsea Johnson 2 4-7 8, Natalia Potrzuski 3 2-3 9, Lela McArthur 0 0-2 0, Levenda Helu 2 0-0 4, Helen Kennedy 5 0-0 10, Michelle Martin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 11-22 46.

PETERSBURG (44) - Gillian Seversen 0 2-2 2, Hannah Meucci 1 0-1 2, Lynsey Richards 5 2-3 12, Brenna McMahan 2 0-0 4, Emily Moran 2 5-6 9, Callie Bell 4 3-4 13, Sarah Aiken 0 2-2 2, Lauren Susort 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Berg 0 0-0 0, Camie Pederson 0 0-0 0, Ruby McMahon 0 0-0 0, Emily Baldwin 0 0-1 0. Totals: 14 14-19 44.

SITKA 17 11 8 10 - 46

PETERSBURG 10 7 19 8 - 44

3-point goals - Sitka 1 (Potrzuski), Petersburg 2 (Bell 2). Fouled out - Sitka -- Ribao. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Sitka17, Petersburg 17.



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