The Kayhi girls (25-3, 8-0) finished third at the state tournament last week. Third is the highest placement of any team in the Lady Kings history
The No. 3 seeded Lady Kings beat Chugiak 46-30 in the first round to set up a rematch with No. 2 Dimond. Kayhi held an early lead but a 9-0 run to close the first half put the Lynx in the lead for good. Kayhi pulled to within one point with a few minutes remaining in the game, but lost 44-38.
The Lady Kings then bounced back against West Valley in the third place game. The four seniors all scored in double-figures in their last game, a 64-55 win. Senior Lexi Biggerstaff guarded 3-time Gatorade player of the year Ruthy Hebard.
“Individually it helped me build confidence guarding someone like that,” said Biggerstaff. “You really have to work harder and it made the win more important for the team”
Biggerstaff and senior Eliah Anderson were on the third team All- State Basketball team. Biggerstaff and Anderson were selected to the All-Tournament team.
The Kings (22-8, 6-2) won the sportsmanship award and finished off the 2016 season by placing 5th at the state tournament last week. The Kings went 1-2, both losses off buzzer beaters by the opposing teams Juneau Douglas and East Anchorage.
Kayhi went into the tournament seeded 5th, and Thursday they played Wasilla (seeded 4th), and won 71-50. Jason James was named the player of the game and was the top scorer with 23 points.
Friday’s game was a matchup between longtime rival Juneau Douglas. The Kings were looking for redemption from the 64-61 loss during the Region V Tournament, but couldn’t find it as they fell 42-40, as JD’s Kaleb Tompkins made a buzzer beater shot. Senior Isaac Johnson was named Kayhi’s player of the game, and Matthew Standley was top scorer with nine.
This loss put Kayhi into the 3rd place game early Saturday morning against East Anchorage, who they played last December and beat 80-59. East led throughout the first half of the game, but Kayhi caught up in the second half. With only eight seconds of the game left Standley tied the score with a three, but East’s Daon Jone’s sealed the win for East by making a three at the buzzer.
Senior Mo Bullock was named the player of the game for Saturday, and junior Jake Smith was top scorer with 16 points.
James was on the second team of the 4A All-State Basketball Team, and Bullock was on the third team. Johnson was named to the all tournament team.