JDHS girls finish tournament in fourth

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2008

ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girls basketball team made the most of the opportunity Saturday, beating South Anchorage 59-55 in overtime for fourth place in the Alaska School Activities Association Class 4A state tournament.

Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Crimson Bears sixth-year coach Lesslie Knight said the game afforded her young squad a wonderful learning experience.

"There were so many situational opportunities for learning, especially in the overtime," she said.

The lead seemingly swayed from JDHS to South throughout the game as neither squad had more than a five-point advantage.

The game started even as the score was tied 8-8 after one quarter.

"I think we could have applied a little more pressure on them, especially at the beginning. It shouldn't have been that close," Knight said.

"Our goal was to take it at them, to run the fast break," Juneau's Brittany Fenumiai said. "They were a little taller than we are and we are a little faster - at least that's what we thought."

Juneau-Douglas aided itself greatly at the free throw line, making 19 of 27 shots. Many of those shots came in the fourth quarter and overtime

Knight masterfully used her bench, substituting often to keep fresh legs on the floor. Eleven of the team's 12 players scored, led by Fenumiai's 12 points.

South's Sylvia Bullock, who was named Alaska's Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this season, scored a game-high 27 points.

Despite the high total, Knight said her team did a good job of defending Bullock and keeping off the boards. Bullock had 15 rebounds, but only four offensive boards.

With the score tied 46-46 at the end of regulation, Fenumiai scored five points to start overtime. Nicole Fenumiai and Kayla Harrison each hit free throws to keep Juneau in control.

Juneau sealed the game as Nicole Fenumiai deflected a pass intended for Bullock. Mahlet Tingely recovered the ball, drew a foul and hit both free throws to give JDHS an insurmountable six-point edge with seconds left.

"We did a great job blocking out, especially in the first half, and our communication in overtime was huge," she added.

On Friday, the Crimson Bears defeated Lathrop 45-41.

Nine of the 12 Crimson Bears scored, with freshman Taylor Larson posting 10 points and earning player of the game honors.

Nicole Fenumiai and Annette Highley followed up with seven each and sophomore sharp-shooter Kristen Dierick hit two 3-pointers for six points.

SATURDAY'S BOX SCORE

Juneau-Douglas 59, South Anchorage 55, OT

JDHS 8 13 4 21 13 - 59

South 8 11 6 21 9 - 55

JDHS (58)-Johnson 1-1 0-2 2, Henderson 1-1 0-0 2, Dierick 0-2 0-0 3, Tingley 1-4 2-2 7, B. Fenumiai 2-6 2-2 12, Brakes 2-4 0-0 4, Harrison 0-1 6-10 6, Tarver 0-1 0-0 0, Highley 1-2 2-3 4, Larson 3-3 1-2 7, N. Fenumiai 2-5 6-6 10, Swofford 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 14-33 19-27 50.

South (55)-Brewster 0-0 0-0 0, Gurule 1-2 0-0 5, Pichler 0-3 0-0 0, Horazdovsky 5-12 4-6 14, Stark 1-1 1-4 3, Coberly-Vincek 0-0 0-0 0, Gamblin 2-5 2-2 6, Bullock 12-23 3-6 27. Totals 21-46 10-18 55.

3-point Goals-JDHS 4-13 (Dierick 1-1, Tingley 1-1, B. Fenumiai 2-8, Harrison 0-2, Highley 0-1). South 1-6 (Gurule 1-3, Pichler 0-1, Horazdovsky 0-1, Gamblin 0-1).

Rebounds-JDHS 37 (Larson 7). South 37 (Bullock 15).

Assists-JDHS 13 (B. Fenumiai 5). South 8 (Horazdovsky, Gamblin 3).

Fouls-JDHS 17, South 21.

Fouled out-JDHS (none). South 1 (Gamblin).

FRIDAY'S BOX SCORE

Juneau-Douglas 45, Lathrop 41

JDHS 9 15 7 14 - 45

Lathrop 14 6 15 6 - 41

JDHS (45)-Brakes 0-2 1-4 1, Dierick 0-0 0-0 6, B. Fenumiai 0-7 0-0 6, N. Fenumiai 1-8 5-6 7, Harrison 0-2 4-6 4, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0, Highley 1-2 5-9 7, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Larson 5-6 0-2 10, Swofford 1-4 0-0 2, Tarver 0-2 0-0 0, Tingley 0-0 2-4 2. Totals 8-33 17-31 45.

Lathrop (41)-Anderson 0-2 0-2 0, Beale 0-3 0-0 0, Brawley 2-8 0-0 10, Burch 1-4 0-0 2, Harrison 7-18 4-5 18, Hopkins 0-0 0-0 0, Hull 0-3 0-0 0, Lewis 5-10 1-3 11, West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-48 5-10 41.

3-point Goals-JDHS 4-15 (Dierick 2-4, B. Fenumiai 2-4, Harrison 0-3, Highley 0-1, Tarver 0-1, Tingley 0-2). Lathrop 2-4 (Brawley 2-3, Harrison 0-1).

Rebounds-JDHS 44 (B. Fenumiai 6). Lathrop 40 (Lewis 14).

Assists-JDHS 8 (Brakes, Tingley 3). Lathrop 6 (Harrison 3).

Fouls-JDHS 11, Lathrop 24.

Fouled out-JDHS (none). Lathrop 2 (Lewis, Burch).



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