When its outside shooting vanished, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team started thinking inside the box.
The host Crimson Bears scored all their points on layups and free throws as they gritted out a rough 35-31 win over the Nathan Hale Raiders on Tuesday during the 14th annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic basketball tournament at the JDHS main gym.
Senior Mary Rehfeld scored a game-high 19 points, including nine layups, to lead Juneau. The Crimson Bears feature a number of strong outside shooters - Rehfeld included - but from the start Tuesday they could not sink a single jumper. That led Juneau to take advantage of a size mismatch between Rehfeld and her defender inside.
"The position I play allows me to be all over the court," Rehfeld said. "We work on post moves in practice, so if we're in that situation we can be prepared."
In Tuesday's early game, Chugiak stayed undefeated at the tournament and for the season with a 48-36 win over North Kitsap.
There will be a break from tourney games today as teams tour the city and attend a banquet and dance. Girls players will participate in skills contests for free throws, 3-pointers and - maybe - slam dunks at 4 p.m. today at the JDHS main gym.
The girls tournament concludes on Thursday with Chugiak playing Nathan Hale at 1 p.m. and Juneau-Douglas hosting North Kitsap at 6 p.m., also in the JDHS main gym.
Juneau (1-1 tournament and overall) struggled to find its rhythm against Nathan Hale of Seattle (0-2 tournament, 2-7 overall). Crimson Bear coach Lesslie Knight attributed some of that to early-season experiments with new groups of players on the court.
"We're still playing with some (new) combinations," Knight said. "Our theme has been chemistry, and the chemistry just isn't cooking yet. We're a little out of sync."
Capital City Classic
Today's tourney schedule:
4 p.m.: Skills contests at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym. Players will compete in free-throw shooting, 3-point shooting and slam dunks.
Juneau jumped out to a 12-5 after the first quarter Tuesday as Rehfeld made four layups - all on assists from sophomore Talisa Rhea, who had eight in the game.
"Talisa is able to see the open person," Rehfeld said. "That's her game sense - she sees everything."
In the second quarter, Juneau went scoreless for the first 4:32 of the period and allowed Nathan Hale to tie the game at 12. The Crimson Bears managed to take a one-point lead, 15-14, at halftime.
Nathan Hale led 23-21 after three quarters, sparked by the play of 5-foot-2 senior Samantha Andya. Andya led her team in scoring with 11 points and, more impressively, was the game's leading rebounder with 12 boards.
Andya put back one of those rebounds, off the offensive glass, to give the Raiders their first lead of the game entering the fourth quarter.
"She does that in one of the toughest leagues in Seattle," Nathan Hale coach Alvin Horn said of Andya. "She's very aggressive to the ball, very athletic and she can jump."
Rehfeld scored six straight points to open the final period to put Juneau up 27-23, but Nathan Hale rallied to tie the game at 29-all when freshman Leslie Geis grabbed a rebound, ran the length of the court and scored with 1:48 to play.
With Juneau up by one - 32-31 - with seven seconds left, the Raiders called for a timeout when they had none remaining. That resulted in a technical foul, and Rehfeld hit one of two free throws to put the Crimson Bears up by two. Rhea hit two free throws on the ensuing possession to give Juneau a four-point edge with five seconds left, and Andya missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.
Rhea finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for Juneau, while junior Lexi Garvey - who left the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter but returned after halftime - and junior Kerstin Kimlinger had five rebounds apiece.
However, Juneau was outrebounded for the second straight night - Nathan Hale had a 42-34 edge - meaning the Crimson Bears will run 20 "down-and-backs" in practice before Thursday's game. That's the team's motivation to not let another opponent gain the rebounding advantage.
Tuesday's game was a marked contrast from Juneau's wild 60-55 loss to Chugiak on Monday to open the tournament, when the Crimson Bears had much more success on offense.
"We just need to find our rhythm," Rehfeld said. "We had a great game (Monday) night, but tonight was nasty."
Behind Andya, Nathan Hale got seven points from senior Naomi Tilden and six points from Geis. Horn said he was pleased with his team's effort coming off a 37-21 loss to North Kitsap to open the tourney.
"(Monday) we had a bad game," Horn said. "They knew they had to come back out and get some respect. I'm very proud - they came back and played with some heart."
Mustangs 48, Vikings 36
Kelsey Griffin scored 10 points during a second-quarter run as Chugiak pulled away from North Kitsap in Tuesday's early Capital City Classic girls game.
Sam Dubin added two 3-pointers in the second period as the Mustangs outscored the Vikings 19-10. Chugiak had trailed North Kitsap 8-5 after the first quarter, but took a 24-18 lead at halftime.
Chugiak stayed strong in the third quarter with a 17-9 run to seal the game. Griffin finished with 17 points, while Dubin and Sarah Neuschwander added seven apiece for the undefeated Mustangs (2-0 tournament, 5-0 season).
Jenna Reed scored 13 points and Katie Swanlund had 10 before fouling out for the Vikings (1-1 tournament, 2-5 season), who are from Poulsbo, Wash.
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CRIMSON BEARS 35, RAIDERS 31
Tuesday's girls game from JDHS
NATHAN HALE (31) - Melissa Chandler 1 2-4 4, Naomi Tilden 3 1-2 7, Samantha Andya 4 2-2 11, Emma Ellis 0 1-2 1, Elis Knutzen 0 0-0 0, Mariah McAfee 0 0-0 0, Maia Pursell 0 0-0 0, Leslie Geiss 3 0-1 6, Cat Emma Shull 1 0-0 2. Totals: 12 6-11 31.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (35) - Talisa Rhea 2 6-8 10, Lexi Garvey 1 0-2 2, Kerstin Kimlinger 0 0-0 0, Sophia Smith 1 0-1 2, Mary Rehfeld 9 1-3 19, Kate Potter 1 0-0 2, Veronica Leitz 0 0-0 0, Maddie Swofford 0 0-0 0, Ashley Larson 0 0-0 0, Nicole Fenumiai 0 0-0 0, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 7-14 35.
NATHAN HALE 5 9 9 8 - 31
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 12 3 6 14 - 35
3-point goals - Nathan Hale 1 (Andya 1), Juneau-Douglas 0. Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - Nathan Hale 1 (team), Juneau-Douglas 0. Total fouls - Nathan Hale 15, Juneau-Douglas 10.
MUSTANGS 48, VIKINGS 36
Tuesday's girls game from JDHS
NORTH KITSAP (36) - Katie West 1 0-0 3, Ali Lydick 0 0-0 0, Jessie Eadie 0 1-2 1, Molly McCluskey 3 1-2 7, Kristen Sprague 1 0-0 2, Val Palsdottir 0 0-0 0, Katie Swanlund 4 2-3 10, Jenna Reed 5 2-5 13, Jennifer Buckner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 6-13 36.
CHUGIAK (48) - Erin Murphy 2 0-0 5, Ashley Finch 0 0-0 0, Danielle Campoamor 0 0-0 0, Sam Dubin 2 1-2 7, Kelsey Griffin 6 5-6 17, Lis DuCharme 2 0-0 5, Kyle Jennings 2 0-0 5, Sarah Neuschwander 3 1-1 7, Sara Courtright 1 0-0 2, Karly Viereck 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 7-9 48.
NORTH KITSAP 8 10 9 9 - 36
CHUGIAK 5 19 17 7 - 48
3-point goals - North Kitsap 2 (West 1, Reed 1), Chugiak 5 (Dubin 2, Murphy 1, DuCharme 1, Jennings 1). Fouled out - North Kitsap 1 (Swanlund), Chugiak 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - North Kitsap 10, Chugiak 17.