Region Preview How We Got Here

Girls Schedule

Gavin Salazar & Brayden Linne
Staff Writers

Juneau Douglas (10-12, 5-3)
WPI No. 8 (As of Feb. 21)
Last Region Title: 2013
vs. Kayhi: 2-2
vs. WPI Top 8: 2-5
Key player: Caitlin Pusich
Watch out for: Sadie Tuckwood
The Crimson Bears will look to return the favor by upsetting the Lady Kings in Ketchikan as Kayhi did to Juneau last year in the Capital City. The teams split this year, each protecting the home court. Kayhi set the tempo in the first two games as JD was without senior guard Alyxn Bohulano. Bohulano played in the two JD wins, but it was sophomore Sadie Tuckwood who came up huge for the Crimson Bears accounting for 22 points on the weekend. JD had won 7 straight, a streak that started against Kayhi, until being upset on Senior Night by Thunder Mountain.

Thunder Mountain (3-19, 1-7)
WPI No. 16
Last Region Title: None
vs. Kayhi: 0-4
vs. WPI Top 8: 1-9
Key Player: Nina Fenunmiai
Watch out for: Tasi Fenunmiai
Kayhi has owned this series lately winning the last 16 meetings. Dating back to last season, the Lady Kings have outscored the Falcons 233-84 (37.3 margin of victory) in home games. Thunder Mountain’s last win was at Kayhi in the 2015 regional tournament. The Lady Kings responded to win the title the following night to start the current streak of region championships. The Falcons are coming into the tournament with momentum after beating JD on the road to close out the regular season.


Boys schedule

Juneau Douglas (10-13, 3-5)
WPI No. 13
Last Region Title: 2017
vs. Kayhi: 2-2
vs. WPI Top 8: 1-3
Key player: Erik Kelly
Watch out for: Kolby Hoover
Senior Erik Kelly has averaged 20.5 points and 19 rebounds in four games against the Kings this season including a 32-point, 18 rebound effort in a loss to Kayhi Feb. 22. Kelly put up 45 points against La Salle Prep (Ore.) in December. Despite Kelly’s individual dominance, JD is No. 13 in the state WPI and would need to win the region to qualify for the state tournament – a tournament Kelly and teammate Kolby Hoover won as sophomores.

Thunder Mountain (12-10, 5-3)
WPI No. 10
Last Region Title: 2014
vs. Kayhi: 2-2
vs. WPI Top 8: 1-4
Key Player: Puna Toutaiolepo
Watch out for: Luke Clark
Thunder Mountain is the No. 1 seed in the region, but is sitting behind Ketchikan in the WPI rankings and both are on the outside looking in as of Feb. 21. The Falcons are No. 10 in the WPI and are 1-4 in games against the top 8 in the state. That one win was on the road at West Valley, the team that beat Kayhi in the CCCC. Junior Puna Toutaiolepo has dominated the glass against the Kings all year. Senior Luke Clark is their top scorer. “If he hits his first shot, he’s not missing the rest of the night.”


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