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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team defeated Thunder Mountain High School 56-27 to open the 2018 Region V (2A, 3A, 4A) Tournament at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.
Entering the tournament as the No. 2-seeded team, Juneau-Douglas grabbed the early advantage on the scoreboard, leading Thunder Mountain 13-8 after the first quarter of play.
The Lady Crimson Bears were able to maintain and build upon their lead and slowly began to assert their dominance over a young Lady Falcons team, using their height to their advantage on the low block.
Thunder Mountain had a total of five freshmen on its roster for Tuesday’s game.
Juneau-Douglas led 26-16 at halftime.
With a double-digit lead to their credit, the Lady Crimson Bears eventually doubled up their opponents in the second half, leading TMHS by more than 20 points late in the ballgame.
As the game went on, the discrepancy in experience between the two Juneau schools became more apparent, with the Lady Falcons forcing errant passes and shots from the field as their deficit grew.
Although both sides turned the ball over a number of times and had low shooting percentages from the field, it was the Crimson Bears whose experience kept them grounded en route to the victory.
Juneau-Douglas will play the top-seeded Ketchikan High School girls at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Juneau-Douglas: Caitllin Pusich 20, Alyx Bohulano 10, Cassie Dzinich 5, Sadie Tuckwood 4, Janae Pusich 2, Morgan Balovich 2.
Thunder Mountain: Andee Johnson 7, Nina Fenumiai 5, Iayanah Brewer 4, Tzadi Hauck 3, Khaye Garcia 2, Neal Garcia 2, Tasi Fenumiai 2, Kira Frommherz 2.