Kendyl Carson, center, looks to pass against Skylar Tuckwood, right, during girls varsity basketball practice at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé on Monday, Dec. 9. Carson paced JDHS in an early tournament win in Anchorage. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Kendyl Carson, center, looks to pass against Skylar Tuckwood, right, during girls varsity basketball practice at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé on Monday, Dec. 9. Carson paced JDHS in an early tournament win in Anchorage. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

JDHS and TMHS girls wrap up regular season with cross-town rival match

With TMHS two players down, they faced a steep task.

Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé girls ended their regular basketball season with a bang, winning two games against Thunder Mountain High School.

JDHS won 56-25 on Friday and 57-41 on Saturday.

“We were pretty fired up again on Friday,” said coach Steve Potter said in a phone interview Monday. “Kendyl (Carson) played on about half the game on Friday, and it gave us a nice emotional boost.”

Carson, one of the team’s top players, has been out with an injury, a source of concern as the team goes into the regional tournament. The tournament starts Tuesday at JDHS.

“I think that we’re feeling pretty good,” Potter said. “A couple girls are sick today so that’s a little worrisome. Hopefully they’ll all be healed up by Wednesday.”

Saturday was a more even match, Potter said, though JDHS still won by a significant margin.

“Saturday, they were having senior night,” Potter said. “If I remember, I feel like we were up probably 15 points at half and played pretty even the rest of the way. “

Potter said that two of TMHS’ starters were out, including senior Taz Hauck.

“We played without some players, and I thought that both games went really well in terms of preparation and showing improvement,” said TMHS coach Andy Lee in a phone interview. “I was happy with our effort and our improved execution.”

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757.621.1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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