Alaska's reigning 4A state champion girls' basketball team got off to a hot start during a season-opening weekend trip to Nevada, which saw Juneau-Douglas finish 2-0 with two big blowouts over Douglas and Carson high schools.
The Crimson Bears rolled 55-24 over Douglas on Thursday behind 20 points from senior forward Taylor Larson, and then beat Carson 53-25 on Friday. Larson scored a team-high 19 against Carson, and senior guard Nani Ostrom dropped a career-high 15 points, including 13 in the first half.
Juneau-Douglas' third game against McQueen on Saturday was canceled because of weather.
"With the schools being totally shut down, we just had to take (Saturday) off and do a little Christmas shopping," coach Lesslie Knight said. "But the two teams that we got to play, it was good for our kids to see other schools other than regional schools. And it was good for us to start out on the road because they're always really nervous when they're at home. They'll come into the Capital City Classic with some confidence.
"They played really, really well. People were surprised that those were our first games."
Knight said the Crimson Bears made quite an impression on the teams, coaches and fans in Nevada.
"People were really impressed," she said. "I think it's because we are pretty fundamentally sound and we have so many kids going left. They were really impressed with our defense and how hard we play."
JDHS (2-0) is back on the court for a boys/girls alumni game doubleheader on Dec. 27, the day before the Capital City Classic tournament begins at Juneau-Douglas High School.