By Bernie Franulovich
The Lady Kings won The Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic for the third year in a row on Wednesday Dec. 30. The championship game against Petersburg ended with the Lady Kings winning 66-45. Senior Eliah Anderson was Kayhi’s top scorer with 28 points in the championship game, followed by senior Alexis Biggerstaff and junior AJ Dela Cruz both with ten points. Anderson, Biggerstaff, Dela Cruz, Charley Edwardson, and Courtney Kemble were on the all tournament team.
Kayhi boys varsity fell to Auburn Mountainview 51-45 in the championship game Wednesday night, placing second overall in the tournament. The top scorer of the championship game for the Kings was freshman Marcus Lee, with 12 points, followed by Jason James with ten. Kayhi’s James was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and Isaac Johnson was also on the all tournament team.
According to James, the loss against Auburn isn’t crushing, but more of a learning opportunity to figure out what they need to do at future games against teams as good as Auburn.
“Auburn is probably the best team that we’re going to play this year. So it was, in a way, it was good for us to lose, even though we really wanted to win. But it prepared us for teams we’re going to play next, because we definitely don’t want to lose again. Next time we’ll just have to play with a little more heart in the game.”
The Kayhi boys played an exceptional game on Tuesday Dec. 29 against East Anchorage, the top ranked team in the state, winning 80-59. James was the top scorer of the game with 32 points, and made a putback dunk off of a missed layup.
“We played with intensity and we played really physical on Tuesday, and on Wednesday we were just rough and pretty fatigued, and we weren’t really finishing well.”
The boys team will play West Anchorage this weekend at home Jan. 8 and 9.