ANCHORAGE The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team lost twice to Chugiak during the regular season.
On Friday, the Crimson Bears beat the Mustangs when it really counted.
Juneau wore Chugiak down with a fast-paced offense to post a commanding 47-32 win in the Class 4A girls state tournament semifinals at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
"For us to lose to them twice and then beat them in the semifinals, thats huge," Juneau junior Sophia Smith said. "We all played as a team, and that showed."
The Crimson Bears will play for the state title at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the winner of Fridays late game between Wasilla and Service.
It will be Juneaus second straight trip to the state championship game. The Crimson Bears lost to Dimond in last years final, and Juneau players said that experience falling just short of a state title has motivated them this year.
Mary Rehfeld scored 17 points, while Talisa Rhea scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists for Juneau.
Chugiak star Kelsey Griffin led the Mustangs with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Complete coverage of Fridays and Saturdays Juneau girls games along with the rest of the Southeast teams at the state tournament will appear in Sundays Empire.
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