It's been a foul Capital City Classic to date for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team.
With key players forced to the bench early, the Crimson Bears suffered two straight 12-point losses - 69-57 to Alameda, Calif., on Friday and 56-44 to Wasilla on Saturday.
Juneau-Douglas (3-2, 0-2 in the tournament) concludes tourney play against the Troy Warriors of Fullerton, Calif., at 6 p.m. on Monday. Wasilla and Alameda will play at 1 p.m. Monday in the other final-round game.
After playing clean defense in their three wins to start the season - no more than 11 fouls in each game - the Crimson Bears racked up 28 fouls against Alameda and 22 against Wasilla.
"Fouls have been our plague this tournament," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said after Saturday's game.
The disruption to Juneau's offense was magnified by their tough opponents - Alameda had won eight of ten games this season prior to this tourney, and Wasilla is the defending Classic champion.
In Saturday's game, the Wasilla duo of junior Chandice Cronk and senior Trista White were nearly unstoppable as they combined for 51 of Wasilla's 66 points.
Juneau took an early 11-3 lead with 2 minutes left in the first quarter after two straight baskets by junior Kendri Cesar. But Wasilla went on a 10-0 run to end the period with a 13-11 lead. After Cesar evened the score at 13-all 53 seconds into the second quarter, the Warriors' Marsha Schirack scored to give Wasilla a lead it would not relinquish.
Wasilla (2-1) built an 11-point lead with two minutes to go in the first half, which Juneau whittled to six by halftime.
In the second half, Amy Neussl - kept on the bench much of the first half with three fouls - scored four three-pointers to keep Juneau as close as five points. But Lewis, Cronk and the Warriors answered each Juneau basket and pulled away at the end for the 12-point win.
Cronk finished with 30 points and seven rebounds, while White chipped in 21 points. Each hit two three-pointers.
Juneau was led by senior Danielle Larson, who scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
"She's so strong inside," Knight said of Larson. "She does amazing things for someone who is 5- (foot)-9."
Neussl and Cesar added 12 points apiece, while junior LaTasha McKoy had 11 rebounds for the Crimson Bears.
Wasilla coach Jeannie Hebert-Truax said her team had some problems executing plays, "but when we did execute, we got the shots we wanted."
Neussl said Cronk and Lewis were difficult to defend.
"They penetrate really well, and if they do get stopped they dish off," she said. "I think we're pretty even teams. I don't think we had our best game - but it's the beginning of the season and we're getting better."
On Friday, Alameda used a balanced scoring attack to wear down the Crimson Bears and gain a 69-57 win. It was Juneau's first loss of the season.
Juneau held a 25-22 lead at halftime, but the Hornets outscored the Crimson Bears 22-10 in the third quarter, aided by three-pointers from Kayleigh Calandri and Janae Miller.
Calandri led Alameda with 16 points, while Meghan Pipkin added 14 points, Raquel Hyche scored nine points, Kumauri Wills scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Nicole Catania scored eight points and had five rebounds.
Larson's 27 points and 12 rebounds kept Juneau in the game, but many of the Crimson Bears' key players were benched early with foul trouble. The foul-induced absence of Cesar and Nicole Lupro, in particular, gave Juneau difficulties moving the ball up the court.
"We really were in trouble in the ball-handler position," Knight said.
Knight said the team met one goal in the game, but failed to reach a second.
"The girls were thrilled that we broke 50 (points)," Knight said. "What we didn't do is hold the opponent down.
The two losses were the first time in two seasons the Crimson Bears lost in a game where they scored at least 50 points.
Alameda coach Brad Thomas said he felt his team played a little too rushed, but was glad to come away with the victory on Juneau's home court.
"We're still coming together as a team," he said. "Beating a home team in a hostile environment - it was a great win for us."
CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC
Troy girls 71, Wasilla 62
L.V. Rogers boys 57, Alameda 44
Alameda girls 69, Juneau-Douglas 57
Juneau-Douglas boys 82, Prince Rupert 40
Troy girls 81, Alameda 57
L.V. Rogers boys 43, Prince Rupert 37
Wasilla 66, Juneau-Douglas girls 44
Juneau-Douglas boys 94, Alameda 59
10 a.m. Prince Rupert boys vs. Alameda (Note: This is a time change from the program)
1 p.m. Wasilla girls vs. Alameda
6 p.m. Juneau-Douglas girls vs. Troy
8 p.m. Juneau-Douglas boys vs. L.V. Rogers
Juneau faces a stiff challenge Monday from the Troy Warriors, who are undefeated in the Classic so far and have been dominant in both their games. Many Juneau players faced Troy last summer on a basketball trip to California.
"We've seen them before," Knight said. "It's not going to be standing back in awe."
Troy 81, Alameda 57
Amanda Livingston scored 26 points and Meghan McGuire added 20 as the Troy Warriors of Fullerton, Calif., dominated their cross-state rival Alameda Hornets on Saturday.
Troy (10-1) led by just three after the first quarter, but extended that lead with an 8-0 run to start the second period. Alameda (9-3) trailed by nine at the half.
The Warriors extended their lead to 18 after three quarters, and never faltered in a wild fourth quarter that saw 50 points scored between the two teams.
Livingston had nine rebounds for Troy, and Sara Yee completed a four-point play after getting fouled on a three-point shot that went in.
Alameda was led by Kumauri Wills with 14 points and Raquel Hyche with 11.
Troy 71, Wasilla 62
On Friday, Livingston scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists as the Troy Warriors knocked off the defending girls Capital City Classic champion Wasilla Warriors.
McGuire added 15 points for Troy, while Jaclyn Blied had seven points, Nicole Hayman added six points and seven assists and Sunshine Atuotasi scored six points.
Chandice Cronk scored 31 points, dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds to lead Wasilla, while Trista White had 13 points and two steals, and Marsha Schirack scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and made two steals.
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