Patience pays off in Juneau girls' victory

Bear boys, girls finish second

Posted: Friday, December 31, 2004

You don't need to tell the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team that patience is a virtue.

The Crimson Bears learned that first-hand on Thursday, as they took their time and found more success on offense in a 46-41 victory over the North Kitsap Vikings at the JDHS main gym to close out the 14th annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

Juneau, which finished second at the tournament with a 2-1 record, was able to get more good looks at the basket - and get more rebounds - by slowing things down. Earlier in the tournament, the Crimson Bears struggled as they pushed the ball up the court too quickly.


Past winners of the Capital City Classic, which started in 1991:


2004 Chugiak

2003 Juneau-Douglas

2002 Troy (Fullerton, Calif.)

2001 Wasilla

2000 Gig Harbor (Wash.)

1999 Juneau-Douglas

1998 Edison (Fresno, Calif.)

1997 Juneau-Douglas

1996 Juneau-Douglas

1995 Juneau-Douglas

1994 Nampa (Idaho)

1993 Kodiak

1992 Mercer Island (Wash.)

1991 Juneau-Douglas

"When our team is patient on offense, we look much better," Juneau coach Lesslie Knight said. "The girls connected and had some really nice plays, and it gives our rebounders the chance to get into position. We got more second shots today than in the other two games."

The undefeated Chugiak Mustangs claimed the girls tournament title earlier in the day with a 48-19 win over Nathan Hale. Chugiak's Kelsey Griffin was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Senior Mary Rehfeld and sophomore Talisa Rhea made the all-tourney team for the Crimson Bears, who faced two powerful post players in Thursday's tournament finale.

North Kitsap 6-footers Katie Swanlund and Jenna Reed - who also earned all-tourney honors - had strong games for the Vikings, who took a 9-6 lead after the first quarter.

Reed finished with 24 points and five rebounds, while Swanlund had 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Vikings (1-2 tournament, 2-6 overall), who had the momentum through much of the second period - until Rhea got open beyond the arc.

With 1:34 left in the quarter and the Vikings ahead 14-10, Rhea took a pass from senior Mary Rehfeld and sank a 3-pointer to bring Juneau within one. A half-minute later, with North Kitsap up 16-13, Rhea tied the game with another 3-pointer - from well beyond the arc - on an assist by freshman Nicole Fenumiai.

"In other games, she's passed up shots," Knight said of Rhea. "Patience on offense allows her to get more shots."

"I was looking for my shot a little more, trying to get a rhythm," said Rhea, who finished with a team-high 18 points. "When we're patient, we get more good looks and it makes us feel more comfortable."

Senior Ashley Larson made a layup with 31 seconds left in the second quarter to give Juneau an 18-16 halftime lead.

The Crimson Bears went on a 17-11 run in the third quarter, capped by Rhea's layup at the buzzer to give Juneau a 35-27 lead. Rhea rebounded a missed 3-point try and put up an underhand shot as time expired.

With 4:52 left in the fourth quarter, Juneau took a 10-point lead - 43-33 - when Rehfeld completed a three-point play off an assist by Sophia Smith. North Kitsap clawed back to narrow Juneau's lead to four - 43-39 - with 1:47 left, but could not come any closer.

Rehfeld scored nine points and Larson added eight for Juneau.

While North Kitsap's posts had strong games, Juneau won the team rebounding battle 33-30 - meaning the Crimson Bears get treated to a free lunch instead of having to run 20 sets of sprints, as they did after their first two games.

"We knew that their posts were really aggressive and had size on us, so we'd have to box out," Larson said. "Running 40 sprints motivates you to box out."

North Kitsap coach Dan Weedin said his team relied heavily on Reed and Swanlund, especially after leading scorer Jasmine Hill was sidelined by injury earlier this season.

"They're our horses and we need to ride them," Weedin said. "Our goal was to not let a possession go by without at least one of them touching the ball."

Molly McCluskey, who had four points, was the only other Viking player to score.

Chugiak's Sam Dubin and Sarah Neuschwander also made the all-tournament team, along with Nathan Hale's Samantha Andya and Cat Emma Shull. Nathan Hale won the team sportsmanship award.

The Crimson Bears (2-1 overall) will host the Bartlett Golden Bears next week for a pair of games at the JDHS main gym. Juneau and Bartlett will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Mustangs 48, Nathan Hale 19

Chugiak's Sarah Neuschwander scored 17 points - nearly as many points as the entire Nathan Hale team - as the Mustangs claimed the Capital City Classic girls crown with an easy win.

Sara Courtright added nine points for Chugiak (3-0 tournament, 6-0 overall), which held Nathan Hale of Seattle (0-3 tournament, 2-8 overall) to just four points in the second half.

While neither team shot the lights out in their final game, the lights went out just the same. With no time left in the third quarter and Chugiak's Karly Vierick alone at the free-throw line to try for a three-point play, an areawide power outage plunged the gym into darkness.

Vierick and the referees waited until the gym's emergency lighting kicked in, and she made the free throw to put Chugiak up 37-17 entering the final period. The teams were prepared to continue playing in the dim gym, using a stopwatch to keep time, but the power was restored in about 10 minutes and the game resumed.

All but one of Chugiak's 10 players scored in the game, as the Mustangs led just 13-10 after the first quarter but made an 11-5 run in the second quarter. Chugiak outscored Nathan Hale 24-4 in the second half. Samantha Andya led the Raiders with five points.

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The all-tournament team, MVP and sportsmanship awards from the 14th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

Champion - Chugiak Mustangs.

Most valuable player - Kelsey Griffin, Chugiak.

All-tournament team - Talisa Rhea, Juneau-Douglas; Mary Rehfeld, Juneau-Douglas; Katie Swanlund, North Kitsap; Jenna Reed, North Kitsap; Sam Dubin, Chugiak; Sarah Neuschwander, Chugiak; Samantha Andya, Nathan Hale; Cat Emma Shull, Nathan Hale.

Team sportsmanship award - Nathan Hale Radiers.


Thursday's girls game from JDHS

NORTH KITSAP (41) - Katie West 0 0-0 0, Ali Lydick 0 0-0 0, Jessie Eadie 0 0-0 0, Molly McCluskey 1 2-4 4, Kristen Sprague 0 0-0 0, Val Palsdottir 0 0-0 0, Katie Swanlund 4 5-11 13, Jenna Reed 11 2-5 24, Jennifer Buckner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 9-20 41.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS (46) - Talisa Rhea 5 5-6 18, Lexi Garvey 1 0-1 2, Kerstin Kimlinger 1 0-0 2, Sophia Smith 1 1-6 3, Mary Rehfeld 4 1-1 9, Kate Potter 2 0-0 4, Ashley Larson 4 0-2 8, Nicole Fenumiai 0 0-0 0, Andrea Doerflinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 7-16 46.

NORTH KITSAP 9 7 11 14 - 41

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 6 12 17 11 - 46

3-point goals - North Kitsap 0, Juneau-Douglas 3 (Rhea 3). Fouled out - North Kitsap 0, Juneau-Douglas 1 (Potter). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - North Kitsap 15, Juneau-Douglas 16.


Thursday's girls game from JDHS

CHUGIAK (48) - Erin Murphy 1 0-0 2, Ashley Finch 1 0-0 3, Danielle Campoamor 2 0-0 4, Sam Dubin 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Griffin 0 3-4 3, Lis DuCharme 2 0-0 5, Kyle Jennings 0 0-0 0, Sarah Neuschwander 6 5-7 17, Sara Courtright 4 1-2 9, Karly Viereck 1 1-1 3. Totals: 18 10-14 48.

NATHAN HALE (19) - Melissa Chandler 0 1-4 1, Naomi Tilden 1 0-0 2, Samantha Andya 2 0-2 5, Emma Ellis 1 2-4 4, Elis Knutzen 1 1-2 4, Mariah McAfee 0 0-0 0, Maia Pursell 0 1-2 1, Julie Un 0 0-0 0, Leslie Geiss 1 0-0 2, Cat Emma Shull 0 0-0 0, Amy Woolley 0 0-0 0, Nicol Tran 0 0-0 0. Totals: 6 5-14 19.

CHUGIAK 13 11 13 11 - 48

NATHAN HALE 10 5 2 2 - 19

3-point goals - Chugiak 2 (Finch 1, DuCharme 1), Nathan Hale 2 (Andya 1, Knutzen 1). Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Chugiak 12, Nathan Hale 11.

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