Crimson Bears Girls Win Big in Season Opener

    A JDHS player works in practice last week with assistant coach Nicole Fenumiai. The Crimson Bears beat Seward 62-17 at Kenai on Thursday.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The first out of region road trip in over a year, and first out of region road trip win in over two years, was a big one for the Juneau-Douglas Kalé girls as they defeated the Seward Seahawks 62-17 on Thursday night in Kenai.

      “We jumped on them pretty good early on and we were able to disrupt them,” JDHS head coach Steve Potter said. “When we did some things wrong and they penetrated, our size kind of erased some mistakes for us. We had double figures in blocked shots.”

      JDHS opened an 18-0 first quarter lead and led 30-6 at the half.

      “They were a young and inexperienced team,” Potter said of his opponents. “They were tenacious and pretty physical. They never backed down the whole time. They just didn’t have enough experience  to get away from our bigs.”

      Senior Trinity Jackson put 11 first half points on the board and 10 more came from junior Skylar Tuckwood. That duo would finish with a game high 21 points apiece.

    “They were able to do pretty much whatever they wanted to do,” Potter said of his two top guards. “We didn’t actually shoot the ball really well. We still have a lot of room to improve.”

      JDHS led 40-13 after three quarters of action.

      “We definitely focused on some things that we hadn’t been doing very well in practice and we had the opportunity to figure out some of the rotational stuff that we struggled with,” Potter said. “It was a good opportunity for us to work on stuff like that because we weren’t going against our own kids so we didn’t know exactly what would happen. So when we made mistakes we could see if we had time to recover and obviously, by looking at the score, we did most of the time.”

      Finishing up the Crimson Bears scoring were sophomore Mila Hargrave with six points, senior Rebekah Grube five, junior Ashley Laudert three, and seniors Mackenzie Nichols, Gabrielle George-Frank and junior Kiyara Miller two each.

      “Initially we were shooting the ball too quickly,” Potter said. “I think as soon as we started sharing the ball that’s when the score ballooned on them. Because of the extra passes we made that created some opportunities for Skylar and Trinity, they shot the ball very well. But we have other shooters that  are much better shooters than they showed today. We had first game jitters but we were able to talk about things that we weren’t doing particularly well without them negatively affecting the outcome of the game.”

      JDHS hit four of nine from the charity stripe; Seward was 0-3. The Crimson Bears committed 13 fouls, the Seahawks nine.

      The Seahawks Shelby Sieminiski scored six points, Lena Jagielski and Renee Cronin four apiece, and Hailey Ingalls three.

      “It has been over a year since we have won an out of region road game,” Potter said. “I think our last out of region road game was when ACS kicked our butt two years ago.”

      The Crimson Bears next face the host Kenai Kardinals Friday and Redington on Saturday.

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