By Jake Stout
After a 4-0 start to the season and championship at the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic, the Kayhi boys team has hit a rough patch, going 3-6 against some of the top teams in the state.
Senior Casey Hendricks said the team needs consistency.
“We played well at times,” he said. “We just need to get to the point where we are constantly playing our best. I feel that we played to the level of our competition instead of just playing our game.”
The Kings beat Glenallen 44-42 on the final day of the South Tournament last weekend, bringing their record to 7-6. Hendricks said the team is fine, but needs to work on bringing their energy to the away games.
“We need to work on being able to bring our own energy, we play great at home because the fans bring that for us, but during away games we need to be able to create it on our own,” Hendricks said. The Kings will be traveling to compete against both Juneau teams this weekend.
The season to date
The Kayhi Kings boy’s basketball team won the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic with wins over North Pole (70-36), Philomath (49-46), and Anacortes (54-50). The win over Philomath ended their 22-game win streak dating back to last year. Kayhi then traveled to a tournament in Fairbanks and dropped games to Lathrop, Monroe Catholic (50-36) and Colony (63-50). The Kings salvaged the trip with a win over Soldotna (65-60) on the fourth day of the tournament. Kayhi returned home to take on conference foe Thunder Mountain. The Kings lost to the Falcons 61-56 on the first night but rebounded to win 68-63 the next game. The following weekend the Kings traveled to Anchorage (1/22-24) to compete in the South Tournament. The Kings first game was a 64-63 overtime loss to Nome. The next night Kayhi lost on a last second shot to Lathrop.