Juneau girls claim title in Nikiski Tip-Off

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2001

Anna Capacci came off the bench to score all 10 of her points in the second half, helping the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team clinch the championship of the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday with a 49-36 victory over the Soldotna Stars at Nikiski High School.

The Crimson Bears (3-0 overall) led by two points or were tied for much of the third quarter, only to have Capacci, a forward, and guard Kendri Cesar spark a late run that allowed Juneau to claim the victory. Cesar led the Crimson Bears with 12 points.

In Friday's girls games, Juneau edged the Service Cougars 42-38 and Soldotna beat the host Nikiski Bulldogs 50-27 to both remain undefeated after the first two days of the three-day, round-robin tournament. Nikiski beat Service 48-42 in the third-place game after both were winless entering the game.

Juneau guard Suzanne Parr was selected the tournament's most valuable player, while center Hilary Rehfeld made the all-tournament team. Rounding out the all-tourney team were Hillary Zobeck of Soldotna, Marcie Alzheimer of Service and the Nikiski pair of Sally Glaze and Karen Rabung.

"It was a very nice job by the young ladies," said Juneau assistant coach Leslie Knight, who led the team this weekend while head coach Jim Hamey was in Seattle for back surgery (Hamey is expected to return to the sidelines next week). "They played hard."

In Saturday's victory, Soldotna was able to seal off Rehfeld and the Crimson Bears struggled to get the ball into the 6-foot-2 Rehfeld in the post. Knight said Soldotna used 6-1 center Rachel Besse, who had "arms that won't stop," and Zobeck on defense around Rehfeld.

"Their zone was focused on Hilary, but Anna slipped through for a couple of quick baskets," Knight said. "Kendri only took one shot against Service, and we needed some outside shooting to open things up for us inside. She went 5-for-7 or 5-for-6 from the field today and that opened things up for us.

"We did a nice job of working the ball around the perimeter, but we struggled to get the ball into the middle," Knight added.

Juneau used a full-court press led by Cesar and the Parr twins -- Suzanne and Kari -- to jump out to a 12-4 lead midway through the first quarter, but Juneau's struggles inside meant Soldotna was able to come back and tie the score 12-12 early in the second quarter. Soldotna even took a brief one-point lead in the second quarter, before Juneau regained the advantage. The score stayed close through the end of the third quarter, and the Crimson Bears pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Besides the 12 points from Cesar and 10 from Capacci, Juneau had seven points from Rehfeld and six each from Danielle Larson and Suzanne Parr, plus five points from Kari Parr. Zobeck scored 12 points to lead Soldotna (2-1), while Amy Breakfield added 11 points, Besse had eight and Jennifer Senette scored five.

In Friday's game, Juneau led for most of the game but couldn't shake Service, which trailed by two points at the ends of the first and second quarters and by four points at the end of the third period. Juneau finally pulled out to an eight-point lead, 39-31, late in the fourth quarter, only to have the Cougars make a late run to close the margin back to four points at the final buzzer.

"It was a really physical game," Knight said. "There was a lot of banging. It was just a rough game. They played us in a zone, and they had aggressive guards at the top of it."

Juneau only made nine field goals, but shot 23-for-37 from the free-throw line to pull out the victory. Service made 13 field goals and went 11-for-21 from the line. The game featured three technical fouls (two on Juneau, one on Service) and one intentional foul (on Service).

"We knew from the start the refs were not friendly," Knight said. "Every time we shot, they fouled us."

Rehfeld scored 13 points to lead Juneau, with Capacci and Suzanne Parr adding seven points each and Larson scoring five. Alzheimer scored 13 points to lead Service, while Terra Nelson and Conchetta Cockeham added six points each.

The Crimson Bears, who were missing junior forward Amy Neussl to the flu and senior forward Kacie Murphy to an ankle injury, are off until they host the Princess-Capital City Classic on Dec. 27-29. Knight said she's hoping Juneau will be back to full strength for the tournament.


Saturday's girls game from Nikiski High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (49) -- Kari Parr 2 0-0 5, Alida Bus 1 0-0 2, Nicole Lupro 0 0-0 0, Suzanne Parr 2 2-2 6, Kendri Cesar 5 1-1 12, Anna Capacci 5 0-0 10, Hilary Rehfeld 3 1-3 7, Danielle Larson 3 0-0 6, Letasha McKoy 0 1-2 1, Jessica Hahnlen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 5-8 49.

SOLDOTNA (36) -- Jennifer Senette 2 1-1 5, Erin Wolfe 0 0-0 0, Rachel Besse 3 2-4 8, Sam Penner 0 0-0 0, Jenna Syverson 0 0-0 0, Desiree Severson 0 0-0 0, Amy Breakfield 4 3-4 11, Hillary Zobeck 5 2-2 12, Lauren Christensen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 8-11 36.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 10 12 15 -- 49

SOLDOTNA 8 9 13 6 -- 36

3-point goals -- Juneau-Douglas 2 (K. Parr 1, Cesar 1), Soldotna 0. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None. Total fouls -- Juneau-Douglas 8, Soldotna 12.


Friday's girls game from Nikiski High School

SERVICE (38) -- Bonnie Lee Prasil 1 2-2 4, Liberty Ziegahn 0 3-7 3, Brittany Hamilton 1 0-0 3, Lacy Kralick 0 0-0 0, Sonny Ziegahn 0 0-0 0, Amy Hills 0 0-0 0, Rachel Stophlet 0 0-0 0, Colleen Cronin 0 0-0 0, Lexi Gilbert 1 1-2 3, Terra Nelson 3 0-0 6, Marcie Alzheimer 5 3-8 13, Conchetta Cockeham 2 2-2 6. Totals: 13 11-21 38.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (42) -- Kari Parr 1 0-2 2, Alida Bus 0 0-0 0, Nicole Lupro 0 0-0 0, Suzanne Parr 1 5-7 7, Kendri Cesar 0 1-2 1, Anna Capacci 2 2-2 7, Hilary Rehfeld 3 7-10 13, Danielle Larson 1 3-6 5, Letasha McKoy 0 4-6 4, Jessica Hahnlen 1 1-2 3. Totals: 9 23-37 42.

SERVICE 8 10 8 12 -- 38

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 10 10 10 12 -- 42

3-point goals -- Service 1 (Hamilton 1), Juneau-Douglas 1 (Capacci 1). Fouled out -- Service 1 (Gilbert), Juneau-Douglas 1 (K. Parr). Technical fouls -- Service 1 (coach Phil Jordan 1), Juneau-Douglas 2 (K. Parr 1, Larson 1). Total fouls -- Service 25, Juneau-Douglas 17.

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