Freshman Shaelyn Mendoza hit a corner 3-pointer to beat Juneau-Douglas 52-51 at the buzzer Wednesday night.
Mendoza’s three (her only points of the game) put the Lady Kings one win from a 6th straight Region V Championship. Kayhi trailed 48-44 with 1:21 left. Junior Madison Rose hit one of two free throws, the second was rebounded by sophomore Dyllan Borer who hit senior Ashley Huffine for a game-tying 3-pointer.
Juneau senior Caitlin Pusich put the Bears back in front 50-48 with 29 seconds left, thanks to a foul call away from the ball.
On the ensuing possession, Rose was fouled while setting an on-ball screen and hit the first of two free throws, pulling the Lady Kings to within 1.
The Bears were able to run off 16 seconds before Sadie Tuckwood was fouled. Tuckwood sunk the first free-throw but missed the second. Rose collected the rebound and coach Kelly Smith called time out with 4.7 seconds left, setting up the dramatic shot by Mendoza after Huffine used a screen to streak the length of the court and find the freshman in the corner.
Kayhi will face Juneau again at 11:30 Friday morning for the Region V title.