Prep hoops teams dominate weekend play

Three Juneau teams earn weekend sweeps

Three of Juneau’s four prep basketball teams were in action on Saturday. All three — the Thunder Mountain boys, Thunder Mountain girls and Juneau-Douglas girls — swept their respective weekend series and remained perfect on the season.

TMHS boys 67, Sitka 59

No one on Sitka seemed to be able to stay in front of junior Bryson Echiverri at Sitka High on Saturday. The Thunder Mountain High School point guard helped the Falcons recover from a mediocre first half by scoring 22 of his 30 points in the third and fourth quarters.

After scoring 17 points in the first half, the Falcons pumped in 24 in the third quarter alone. Trailing 21-17 at halftime, TMHS’ big third quarter gave the team a 41-37 cushion to begin the fourth quarter.

The Falcons only had three players on the bench — compared to Sitka’s six — as several players were out with injuries.

CJ Taccad scored 15 points and Gavin Flores added 13 points to pace the Wolves.

TMHS defeated Sitka 50-41 on Friday. Echiverri scored 21 points to lead all Falcons.

TMHS girls 45, Sitka 37

The Thunder Mountain girls are off to their best start in recent history with a weekend sweep of the Sitka Lady Wolves.

The win Saturday gave the Falcons their first 3-0 start in the Chandler Christensen era. Christensen is in her third season as head coach.

Senior Nina Fenumiai hurt the Lady Wolves with 24 points in Friday’s win, and on Saturday, it was Neal Garcia’s turn to take over. The sophomore guard scored 19 points, connecting on a trio of 3-pointers and 6 of 8 foul shots.

Taz Hauck added nine points and Fenumiai contributed seven points despite sitting out most of the second half with a knee injury.

Like the boys team, the TMHS girls scored more points in the third quarter than the first two combined. After putting up 15 points by halftime, TMHS scored 19 in the third off baskets by Garcia (six points), Hauck (four points), Nina Fenumiai (two points), Tasi Fenumiai (four points) and Charlee Lewis (three points).

Sitka’s Joei Vidad and Jessica Davis each had 10 points in the losing effort.

JDHS girls 45, North Pole 30

Too much Sadie Tuckwood and Alyxn Bohulano and too few first-quarter points doomed North Pole on Saturday night at JDHS.

Tuckwood (13 points) scored 11 in the first half and Bohulano (17 points) had 10 in the second half. North Pole was held scoreless in in the first quarter but was able to get 11 points on the board by halftime. They went on to add eight in the third and 11 in the fourth.

Senior Megan Grant had 12 points to lead all Patriots’ scorers.


• Contact sports reporter Nolin Ainsworth at 523-2272 or nainsworth@juneauempire.com. Follow Empire Sports on Twitter at @akempiresports.


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