The numbers speak for themselves, while the Kayhi boys basketball team gets more clout in the community, the Lady Kings have been far more dominant in Region V play. The girls have dominated the region for the past five years (44-10) and are going for their fifth consecutive region championship, a Kayhi record. While the Lady Kings have been undoubtedly exceptional in Region V play, seven of their ten losses have come at the hands of Juneau-Douglas in the past two years. At one point last year, the Lady Kings were 1-5 against JD before winning two games in a row against them to claim their fourth consecutive region championship. The Lady Kings will have to put their longtime rival away in order to complete their record setting streak. Senior and three-time region champion Brittany Slick compared her first region tournament to what’s about to be her last.
“Going from only playing four or five minutes to never coming out of the game, I’ve experienced both sides of the floor and I’m really excited to compete in the tournament one last time,” said Slick. “In my first region tournament, I remember being so nervous for my starting five players and now I’m nervous for myself.”
Slick knows what’s at stake for the Lady Kings, and wants to bring the championship to Kayhi for a fifth time. A championship this year would also mean a career sweep of the Region V tourney for Slick.
“I really want to go out with one last region title and complete my four years as a region champion,” said Slick. “That puts a lot of pressure on me, but also excites me. I believe in my team and can’t wait to go for this last title.”
Slick is more experienced than any other player in the region tournament, and offered some advice to her younger teammates.
“Don’t let the crowd and the pressure affect your play,” said Slick. “There are thousands of people that show up and pep clubs boo you and people talk smack saying you shouldn’t win or the refs are unfair. You just need to block all of that out and focus on your goal. Leave it all out on the floor, this is what you’ve been working towards the whole season and this is the last time to give it all you’ve got. No excuses, no regrets, just enjoy the heck out of it.”
Slick knows what the historic streak would mean for the Lady Kings, but only lets the pressure motivate her.
“Of course, it’s a lot of pressure to be expected to finish out a regions streak but it’s also a really exciting opportunity,” said Slick. “If anything, it makes me work harder and want it more than anyone else on the floor.”