The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 51-34 win over Club Kilsyth of Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday.
The Crimson Bears shutout the Cobras for a stretch of 6:41 in the second half to pull away.
"I think what they do well is run the court really well," JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said of Kilsyth. "We had to maintain position and play position, which is tricky because they run so well."
Juneau-Douglas adjusted to Kilsyth's up-and-down transition game in the second half.
The added hustle by the Crimson Bears translated into an impressive defensive performance, limiting the Cobras to just 12 points in the second half.
Juneau-Douglas also started to attack the glass more, scoring field goals on offensive rebounds and lay-ups.
"The one thing I was proud of is that our field goal percentage is high because of all the lay-ups," Knight said. "We've shot higher than 50 percent from the floor both nights which is huge."
After mustering just 22 points against Carson City the night before, Club Kilsyth entered Wednesday's game fearlessly attacking the defending state champs.
The Cobras fell behind 5-0 early before a 3-pointer by Nicolette Krusemann gave the Australian side life.
Kaysie Noble hit a 3 later in the quarter and Lauren Thompson's lay-up gave Kilsyth an early 11-9 lead with 2:35 left in the first.
"The girls rested well and were well-hydrated," Kilsyth coach Ben Turner said. "We had a good first half. We were pumped up. The second have we might have tired some."
JDHS ended the quarter on a 5-0 run, though, to take a tenuous 14-12 lead after the first quarter. Kilsyth may have held a lead if not for a 2-of-8 effort from the free-throw line in the first quarter.
"I think they may have underestimated us a bit based on our performance last night," Turner said. "I think we took it to them in the first half but missed too many shots at the free throw line.
"They (Juneau-Douglas) are well-disciplined, well-trained and a really fantastic team."
The defending state champs started to play more transition in the second quarter as Lexi Garvey scored three straight lay-ups on the break to put JDHS ahead 22-15.
Garvey scored 10 of Juneau's 16 second-quarter as the Crimson Bears claimed a 30-22 halftime lead.
"To compliment Australia, Kilsyth does very well defensively," Knight said. "They play good defense, have good positioning and deny the passing lanes."
Garvey led the Crimson Bears offensively with a game-high 18 points. Talisa Rhea contributed 13 points and made six steals while Sophia Smith and Hannah Buck scored five points each.
Freshman guard Kayla Harrison posted three points, three steals and showed toughness in the first half by frequently sacrificing her body on the floor while diving for steals.
"Give Kayla credit," Knight said. "She was scrappy."
Kilsyth received a very balanced effort from its roster.
Caitlin Streader and Nicolette Krusemann scored seven points each to pace the Cobras' effort.
Lauren Thompson had five points, Kaysie Noble scored three points while Paige Thorneycroft, Laura Gebbing, Kate Wilson and Courtney Healy added two points each in the loss.
Missy Batten, Caitlin Mulhall, Alysha Middlin and Fiona Lamb also scored for the Cobras.
Wasilla 57, Carson City, Nev. 35
Wasilla rebounded to even its Capital City Classic record to 1-1 with a win over Carson City.
Jessica Carter scored a game-high 17 points for the Warriors as every player connected on a field goal.
Samantha Parsons had nine points, Ashley Semler scored eight points, Jenna Johnson added seven points while Anne Wesser and Hillarie Putnam contributed five points each in the win.
Ayla Brown had four points and Shelby Fulton scored two points for the Warriors.
Sinead McSweeney led the Senators (1-1) with seven points.
Sarah Evans, Brandi Vega and Rosella Nunez scored five points each while Nicole Scott added six points in the loss.
Also for Carson City, Christina Works had two points, Kaitlin Burroughs scored four points and Blaike King chipped in a point.
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