Rhea, Rehfeld lead big comeback, but Alaska team loses at buzzer

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

Mary Rehfeld's 3-point shot at the buzzer lipped out Thursday as the Alaska Youth Basketball Association Girls High School Select Team fell just short of completing a major comeback in the semifinals of the MidSummer Night's Madness Tournament in Seattle.

Rehfeld, a Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball player, scored 13 points as the AYBA squad lost 60-57 to Puget Sound Flight 2005. Juneau's Talisa Rhea scored 20 points to lead the Alaska girls, who trailed by 21 points at halftime before storming back into contention.

It was Alaska's first loss after five wins to open the tournament. Thursday's game started at 8 a.m., and Alaska coach Dorena Bingham said her team may have been worn down from its hectic schedule.

Earlier in the tournament, the AYBA squad:

• Beat Team Eclipse of Oregon 50-39 behind 12 points apiece from Rehfeld and Lathrop's Alana Clooten.

• Beat California's Orinda Magic Blue 44-40 with 12 points from Clooten and nine from Rehfeld.

• Beat Clutch Black of Washington 56-43 with 14 points from Rhea, 13 from Clooten and nine points and 12 rebounds from East Anchorage's Maggie Burgess.

• Beat Impact of Washington 68-60 with 16 points from Rehfeld and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Clooten.

• Beat Title 9 of Washington 44-37 behind 12 points and 11 rebounds from Burgess, 10 points from Clooten and eight points from Rhea.

The Alaska girls now have a 10-5 record in tournaments this summer. They have a day off before starting play at the River City All-Star Classic in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday. The team has already played in two tournaments in Oregon, and will play in single tourneys in California and Arizona after the River City All-Star Classic ends.

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