With the Kodiak girls basketball team unable to make it to Juneau for its 2 p.m. game against Redmond, Wash., High School, Juneau-Douglas stepped in to fill the void.
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The Crimson Bears fell to the Mustangs (6-2) 70-52 in the Capital City Classic opener. The two teams will play again at 6:15 p.m. Saturday.
The two games forced Crimson Bears coach Lesslie Knight to ration her bench due to a Southeast Conference rule that allows players to participate in a maximum of six quarters per day.
"We did fine," Knight said. "We have a Southeast six quarters rule and we took that into consideration."
Juneau-Douglas found out at about four hours before the tip-off that it had to play in the 2 p.m. game.
Redmond, Wash. 70, JDHS 52
Redmond 21 16 11 22 - 70
JDHS 10 22 16 9 - 52
JDHS (52) - Johnson 2, Dierick 0, Tingley 7, B. Fenumiai 8, Brakes 4, Harrison 10, Tarver 0, Highley 4, Larson 4, N. Fenumiai 5, Swofford 8.
Redmond (70) - Kalina 0, Valentine 9, Jones 7, Whitaker 0, Egeberg 0, Martin 18, Petrie 15, Bushmeyher 0, Kruger 7, Parrott 2, Simonson 5, Smith 2, Pratt 5.
JDHS 64, Wrangell 40
JDHS 14 21 13 16 - 64
Wrangell 11 12 10 7 - 40
JDHS (64) - Johnson 0, Dierick 20, Tingley 0, B. Fenumiai 0, Brakes 4, Harrison 7, Tarver 11, Highley 13, Larson 5, N. Fenumiai 2, Swofford 2, Pons-Hardy.
Wrangell (40) - Petersen 3, Olsen 0, Lindley 2, Fairbanks 2, Ritchie 10, Villarma 14, McCay 2, Rushmore 2.
The Bears definitely started out sluggish as Redmond's full-court, trapping pressure forced a number of turnovers. The Mustangs also hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter to take a 21-10 lead and it looked like the rout was on.
JDHS, however, found its bearings in the second quarter.
Freshman Hannah Swofford scored six points inside and Kayla Harrison came off the bench with seven points to propel JDHS.
Brittany Fenumiai, Mahlet Tingley and Kristin Dierick all had assists in the second quarter as JDHS trimmed Redmond's lead to 37-32 at halftime.
"We weren't ready to play, but right at the beginning we were slow," Fenumiai said. "We started getting better second quarter. Being down five at halftime is a big comeback."
The two teams stayed close in the third quarter, but Redmond took over in the fourth.
Juneau-Douglas cooled off in the final eight minutes, making only three shots from the field. Redmond outscored JDHS 22-9 in the fourth quarter.
"Early on they had a great second quarter and great comeback," Knight said of her team. "By the fourth quarter, nobody wanted to shoot. We didn't score in the fourth quarter."
Redmond made 11 of 15 free throws in the final 3:42 to ice the victory.
Junior guard Courtney Martin led the Mustangs with 19 points, including two clutch 3-pointers in the second half.
"She's very aggressive and very raw," Redmond coach Dennis Edwards said. "There're sneaky points (she scores). We don't go to her. She picks them up on free throws and she's good in the 10- to 15-foot range."
Juneau's freshmen all made contributions in the loss. Besides Swofford's eight points, Karli Brakes scored four points and Taylor Larson added four points.
"They did pretty good for the first time ever playing high school varsity," Fenumiai said. "The freshmen stepped it up, took shots, took risks."
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