Girls ready to face local, international tests

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team was impressive in the season's first two games against Palmer, but a sampler platter of Australia's, Ohio's and Wasilla's best high school players may provide a tougher test at this weekend's Capital City Classic.

Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

The Crimson Bears know the Wasilla squad well after falling to the Warriors in the first round of last season's 4A State Championships. Wasilla finished third in the tournament and return All-State senior guard Jenna Johnson this season. It appears revenge will be a tough get for the Bears, after the Warriors dismantled Dimond 76-54 in their season opener.

"We have a good, competetive relationship with Wasilla almost every year," JDHS head coach Lesslie Knight said. "We really enjoy being able to play them once a year.

Alexander High School, a recent Division III powerhouse from Albany, Ohio is more of an unknown this season. The Spartans' volleyball team took their first-ever state volleyball title earlier this year, and carry over much of that team's athletecism onto the basketball court.

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