Women of Troy upend Juneau in Classic final

Warriors utilize a 20-0 run to win the title

Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Troy High School girls basketball team completed its Alaska adventure with its perfect record intact.

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In an impressive display of pressure defense, the Warriors from Fullerton, Calif., stymied Juneau-Douglas (4-1) en route to a 61-44 victory in the Capital City Classic final.

"We like to pressure, we like to go full court for 32 minutes," Troy coach Kevin Kiernan said. "We try to put a lot of pressure on you."

In preparation for Saturday's game, JDHS coach Lesslie Knight said her squad practiced against full-court pressure from the boys' Crimson Bears team on Friday.

Despite the extra practice, Troy's relentless attack proved too much as JDHS committed 31 turnovers to the Warriors' eight.

"It was frustrating that I think we were prepared and we didn't respond to the pressure," Knight said.

Down 29-19 at the start of the second half, Juneau's Nicole Fenumiai and Kayla Harrison scored to cut Troy's lead to 29-23.

JDHS had a chance to slice Troy's lead to four points, but the Crimson Bears missed a pair of shots from close range.

The misses proved costly.

Troy's Amanda Sims immediately responded by driving and scoring. The basket ignited a 20-0 run which lasted the most of the third quarter. Talisa Rhea broke Troy's run with a bucket with 30 seconds left, but the damage was done.

"I think we turned up our whole defense, our team defense, not just on (Rhea)," Kiernan said. "Defense is what we do. That's our whole thing. We wanted to hold them to 40 or below."

Juneau-Douglas clawed back to within 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Bears hit 11 of 13 free throws in the fourth, but Alex Sanchez' 3-pointer with 1:13 left pushed Troy's lead back to 16 and ended the threat.

"What I admire most about Troy is their intensity and passion and energy level," Knight said. "They anticipated and their defensive energy is something I hope we can work towards."

Troy's full-court trapping defense set the tone immediately as it opened the game on a 13-3 run.

The Bears responded with a 3-pointer from Talisa Rhea and a layup by Mahlet Tingley to cut Troy's lead to 13-8. Tournament MVP T.J. Stoddard helped the Warriors (12-0) reclaim a double-digit lead in the second with a 3-pointer, a jump shot and two free throws as Troy went up 21-11 midway through the second quarter.

Rhea tried to will her team back, scoring the Bears' last nine points in the quarter as JDHS trailed 29-19 at the half.

The senior led JDHS with 19 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Goddard scored 18 points for Troy.

NBC Thunder 48, Palmer 41

The Northwest Basketball Camp Thunder rebounded from an early seven-point deficit to defeat Palmer in the Capital City Classic.

After trailing 12-5 after the first quarter, the Thunder cut the Moose's lead to two at halftime before taking over the second half.

Taylor Ingebritsen led NBC Thunder with 11 points. Carli Rosenthal had 10 points, Cassandra Tompson added eight points, Kendra Knutson had seven while Larissa Dvorak and Chelsea Chandler added four each in the victory.

Katie Stratton led Palmer with nine points and Amy Tzou had eight points.

Geneva Ratcliff had six points while Ashley Swetzof and Mattie Cox scored five each in defeat.

Troy 61, JDHS 44

JDHS 8 11 6 19 - 44

THS 13 16 20 14 - 61

JDHS (44) - Rhea 4-7 8-12 18, tingley 1-4 0-0 2, Highly 0-0 0-0 0, Harrison 2-3 0-0 4, Lietz 1-4 2-2 4, Mulder 0-0 2-2 2, Buck 0-0 0-0 0, Fenumiai 3-4 2-2 8, Doerflinger 0-1 5-6 5.

THS (61) - Wood 0-0 1-2 4, Sanchez 2-2 2-3 12, Compise 0-0 0-0 0, Jolly 0-0 0-0 0, Ito 0-0 0-0 0, Goddard 4-6 4-7 18, Ysaguirre 2-4 0-2 7, Sims 5-12 3-4 13, Olivas 0-0 2-2 5, Harrell 1-2 0-0 2.

3-point shots - JDHS 1-6 (Rhea); Troy 7-22 (Sanchez 2, Goddard 2, Wood 1, Ysaguirre 1, Olivas 1.

Rebounds - JDHS 24 (Rhea 8); Troy 18 (Wood, Sims 3)

Assists - JDHS 4 (Rhea 2), Troy 9 (Wood 4)

Fouled out - JDHS, Harrison; Troy, Ysaguirre.

NBC Thunder 48, Palmer 41

PHS 12 7 8 14 - 41

NBC 5 12 16 15 - 48

PHS (41) - Swetzof 5, Stratton 9, Mangelsdorf 4, M. Cox 5, Kenney 2, Ratcliff 6, Tzou 8, Houser 2.

NBC (48) - Ingebritsen 11, Dami 1, Rosenthal 10, Zappone 3, Dvorak 4, Knutsen 7, Tompson 8, Chandler 4



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