Crimson cleans up

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010

The inaugural Southeast Holiday Hoops Classic JV basketball tournament concluded Wednesday night at Thunder Mountain High School, but it was the Juneau-Douglas boys' and girls' teams that took home the first-place hardware.

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Trailing 37-33 after three quarters, the JDHS-1 girls reeled off an 11-0 run in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to grab their first lead of the game. They would never relinquish it on their way to a 48-41 victory and the first-place trophy.

Juneau-Douglas trailed the entire game until the early moments of the final frame, and Bears coach Madison Swofford said the team finally got itself going in time to send the Kings home with a loss.

"We started communicating, we got our posts going and we got some leadership going," she said. "Everyone finally came together at the end of the tournament."

Although they led most of the game, the Kings finally buckled under the pressure of the Bears' size inside.

Malin Murray and Gabi Fenumiai combined for 21 points, and JDHS's post play proved too much for Ketchikan.

"We lit a fire under them and they finally took off," she said.

Ketchikan wing Faith Clark and forward Kaylynn Haywood scored 10 and 15 points, respectively, to pace Ketchikan. Bears point guard Monica Ashenfelter scored ten points, including the team's only 3-pointer of the game.

The Thunder Mountain-2 boys' team had a chance to win the tournament in front of the home crowd, but Phillip Fenumiai and Juneau-Douglas stole the show Wednesday night.

The Falcons cut a 38-20 third-quarter deficit to 42-29 behind a six-point stretch by sophomore guard Ty Grussendorf, but Fenumiai ripped off 10 straight points to end the quarter. The 6-foot-3 forward hit a 3-pointer from the left corner before getting in the lane for three consecutive lay-ups, and the Bears took a 54-32 lead into the fourth quarter, a lead the Falcons never challenged the rest of the way.

"Thunder Mountain plays really hard and made us adjust some of the things we wanted to do," JDHS coach Robert Casperson said. "We were able to answer their runs and I was really pleased to see that."

Fenumiai scored 21 points to lead all scorers and combined to score 40 points in the past two games.

"Phillip has been that dynamic as a player since I had the opportunity to coach him in middle school," Casperson said. "If you put a big guy on him he can handle the ball on the perimeter, and if you put a small guy on him he'll take him inside. He's very gifted offensively, I'm just looking forward to seeing that defense come up to his offensive capability."

Sophomore Sam Jahn paced the Falcons with 15 points, while freshman Ryan Lee pitched in 10. Grussendorf finished with 12 points for Thunder Mountain. The only other scorer in double figures for the Bears was sophomore forward Gary Speck with 10 points.

Juneau-Douglas will unveil the girls' and boys' basketball teams tonight against Crimson Bears alumni at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.

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