Tired travel legs led to a difficult loss Monday afternoon for the team from Australia, but a good night's rest proved to do wonders.
The Kilsyth Cobras came out on fire Tuesday afternoon, outscoring South Anchorage 18-6 and easily handling the Wolverines on both ends of the floor on their way to a 50-28 win on the second day of the 20th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic at Juneau-Douglas High School.
Kodie Kroussoratis led the Cobras in scoring for the second day in a row, dropping in 14 points while hitting two 3-pointers and hitting 6 of 8 free throw attempts. Kilsyth's Rebecca O'Donnell pitched in 11 points of her own as her team kept that rhythm for the entire game and made its mark going into the tournament's final day.
"The difference was they actually had some sleep before they had to play," Cobras coach John Shannon said after the game. "We'd like to thank Los Angeles International Airport for making us miss our flight. Is that a good quote for you?"
All joking aside, this was a markedly different Cobra team on the floor Tuesday afternoon, forcing turnover after turnover and converting on the fast break repeatedly.
"They played much better and really started to feel it. They've been settling into their home-stays and their happy to be here in Alaska. We're having a great time," Shannon said.
This marks the third year the team from Australia has visited Juneau for the Classic, just with different age groups, Shannon said. This group certainly made its prescence felt as it prepares for a slugfest with the defending state champion Crimson Bears today at 5 p.m. The Bears pulled out a 49-45 overtime victory against the Crescent Valley team that beat the Cobras 61-36 Monday afternoon.
"Look, it'll be a big struggle against Juneau(-Douglas)," Shannon said. "They're going to be tough."
South Anchorage struggled to convert all afternoon as the Wolverines struggled to take care of the ball, resulting in a significant shot disparity. Seniors Heidi Pichler, Catherine Stophlet and Taylor Coberly-Vincek led South Anchorage with five points apiece.
The Wolverines will try to salvage their trip to Juneau as they square off against the Raiders from Crescent Valley at 3 p.m. today.