The Lady Kings look to extend their streak against Thunder Mountain to 23 games when they open on Tuesday at the Region V Tournament. Kayhi is the No. 2 seed and Thunder Mountain is No. 3. During the streak, Kayhi has outscored the Falcons 1116-718, defeating them by an average of 18.1 PPG.
If the Lady Kings win on Tuesday they will go up against the No. 1 seed Juneau-Douglas. Kayhi has gone 1-3 against JD this season. While Kayhi is 1-3 in their last four regular season games against JD, they are 4-0 in their last Region V tournament games against the Bears.
Kayhi has won five consecutive Region V titles dating back to 2014. Senior Payton Simmons is the only player that was on varsity for the 2016 title, and has a chance to finish her career with four titles. Simmons has been sidelined with a season-ending knee injury.
“Finishing my career with a fourth region title would be amazing,” Simmons said. “We have been working really hard as a team the past four years I’ve been in high school for one goal, the region title. It’s a really cool feeling cutting the net down knowing all the hard work paid off.”
KNOW THE OPPONENT
Juneau Douglas (12-8, 4-2)
Last Region Title: 2013
vs. Kayhi: 1-3
vs. other 4A teams 5-5
Key player: Caitlin Pusich
Watch out for: Sadie Tuckwood
Although the Lady Kings went 1-3 against the Crimson Bears this season, their single win came in the game before regions. Kayhi can’t let senior Caitlin Pusich get going. In the games that Kayhi has lost to JD, Pusich has averaged 19 PPG, and in the game Kayhi won, Pusich was held to 5 points.
Thunder Mountain (8-14, 1-5)
Last Region Title: none
vs. Kayhi: 0-4 in conference, 0-6 including tournament games
vs. other 4A teams 2-10
Key player: Nina Fenumia
Watch out for: Charlee Lewis
Kayhi has owned Thunder Mountain for the past four seasons, going 22-0 against the Falcons. Their average margin of victory has been 18.1 PPG during the streak. The closest TMHS has came to beating Kayhi was six points and Kayhi’s largest margin of victory was 33 points.