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Juneau-Douglas girls cruise to state final

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2007

Juneau-Douglas girls cruise to state final

 

3-23-07 JDHS star player Talisa Rhea scores two points while being guraded by East Anchorage player Jazzie Gaddy. Rhea scored 25 points in Juneau's win in the semi-finals at the State 4A basketball championships. Juneau will play for the staet title on Saturday.Photo by Brian Wallace

Juneau-Douglas 61, East 34

ANCHORAGE - Juneau-Douglas controlled Friday's semifinal against East Anchorage from start to finish.

The Crimson Bears raced to an 11-0 lead to open the game and never looked back. The team limited East to just 13 percent shooting in the first half and 24.4 percent in the game.

"Every player on the court had control of the game," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said. "We were able to get some of bench in and rest our starters so this was a really good game heading into (the final)."

Juneau-Douglas' two-time state player of the year, Talisa Rhea, enjoyed her best game of the tournament after an unusual start. Rhea scored 25 points, 19 in the first half, and added six assists and five rebounds coming off the bench.

Emily Johnson started in her place after Knight said she forgot to double-check her starting lineup at the scorer's table.

Once she went in, though, Rhea was unstoppable.

"We wanted to come in right from the start and get control of the game, make sure we felt confident and we were able to do what we wanted to do," Rhea said.

The senior scored nine points and dished out two assists as JDHS streaked to a 19-5 first-quarter lead.

Point guard Kayla Harrison drained the first of her three 3-pointers in the key first quarter.

"It means everything," Harrison said of taking the early lead. "It gets our confidence up and theirs down. It's just a crucial turning point in the game."

Offensively, JDHS dictated tempo with crisp passing through East's defenses.

Harrison scored 15 points and Andrea Doerflinger made 5 of 6 shots for 11 points in the win. As a team, JDHS shot 59.5 percent from the floor.

Defensively, Juneau made East work for its shots.

The Thunderbirds, champions of the Cook Inlet Conference, made just 3 of 23 shots in the first half. Jazzie Gaddy, who outscored Palmer on her own in Thursday's quarterfinal, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Gaddy scored 25 points in East's 38-20 win the day before.

Juneau-Douglas also controlled the boards, grabbing 32 rebounds to East's 21.

"I thought our defensive rotation was great," Knight said.

JDHS will face either top-ranked Wasilla or Soldotna at 6 p.m. tonight for the state championship.

The Bears and Warriors split two games this season, with Wasilla winning 57-44 on Jan. 10 and JDHS winning 51-44 on Feb. 2.

JDHS will play Wasilla at 6 p.m.

Juneau-Douglas 61, East Anchorage 34

JDHS - 19 12 17 13 - 61

EAHS - 5 10 8 11 - 34

JDHS (61) - Johnson 0-0 1-2 1; Rhea 9-16 5-7 25; Tingley 0-1 0-0 0; Harrison 6-7

0-0 15; Lietz 2-3 1-1 5; Highley 0-0 0-0 0; Mulder 0-1 2-2 2; Pratt 0-1 0-0 0; Buck 0-0 2-2 2; Fenumiai 0-2 0-0 0; Doerflinger 5-6 1-2 11.

East (34) - Kreilkamp 1-3 0-2 3; Dunn 2-7 0-0 5; Jackson 0-6 3-5 3; McDaniel 0-0 0-0 0; Martin 3-10 2-2 8; Dye 0-0 0-0 0; Pio 0-3 0-0 0; Rivers 0-0 0-0 0; Hunter 0-1 2-2 2; Shoenborn 0-1 0-0 0; Scott 0-0 1-2 1; Gaddy 4-10 4-7 12.

3-point shots - JDHS 5-8 (Harrison 3), East 2-9 (Kreilkamp, Dunn).

Rebounds - JDHS 32 (Doerflinger, Rhea 5), East 21 (Gaddy 8).

Assists - JDHS 9 (Rhea 6), East 3 (Dunn, Martin, Gaddy).

Free throws - JDHS 12-16, East 12-20.

Fouled out - JDHS 1 (Fenumiai).

Fouls - JDHS 19, East 12.



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