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Juneau-Douglas rolled to an 82-16 win over the outmatched, outsized and undermanned Thunder Mountain Falcons on Friday in the first-ever girls' basketball meeting between the new cross-town rivals.
JDHS (1-0, 1-0) held a 22-0 lead when junior guard Jordan Jeans put the Falcons (0-3, 0-1) on the board with a free throw with 1:35 remaining in the first quarter, and the Crimson Bears led 26-1 after one period of action.
JDHS dominated the paint, scoring its first 22 baskets within a few feet of the goal in building a 54-10 halftime lead, and the inexperienced, young Falcons managed just six second-half points. But Thunder Mountain coach Tanya Nizich noted how much her team had improved since last weekend's opening series against Petersburg.
"I'm happy with the girls. Every change we made or everything I asked, they busted their butts to do. As a coach, that's all you can ask," she said. "They're trying and putting every thing that they have out on the court. It was fun to see them work so hard, especially against their friends. They were going all out until the buzzer went off in the fourth quarter."
Four Bears scored in double figures, including 16 points for junior forward Taylor Larson, 12 for junior forward Sarah Tarver, and 10 each for junior forward Annette Highley and junior center Hannah Swofford.
"The nice thing was that they never gave up, and they played hard to the end," Knight said of the Falcons. "It's tough to be a young team and I think all of us, at some point, have seen situations where this happens. We wish them the best this season and we'll be cheering for them all year."