Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer
The Lady Kings beat East Anchorage last night 65-44. The win was Kayhi’s first since 2016, when the Lady Kings beat West Valley for third place. That West Valley team featured University of Oregon All-American Ruthy Hebard who was the No. 8 pick in the WNBA draft in 2020.
The Lady Kings maintained a lead the whole duration of the game. Sophomore Captain Shae Mendoza said they felt confident that they were going to win the game.
“I wasn’t really worried about losing that game at all if I’m being honest. Winning the game felt good and got me excited to play Bartlett,” said Mendoza.
The Lady Kings went on to play Bartlett(14-0) on Friday. Bartlett’s star player Amelia Uhila is committed to go to Portland State to continue her basketball career. Uhilia scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds for Bartlett.
The Lady Kings never gave up the entire 32 minutes, they tied the game twice 37-37 then 39-39. Mendoza scored 20 points with four assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
Junior teammate Paige Boehlert enjoys playing along side Mendoza and said that she brings great energy to the team.
“Shae is always picking us up and making sure we stay focused, even if she isn’t playing her best she continues to encourage the team,” said Boehlert.
Bartlett went on to win the state championship against Lathrop. Bartlett recorded their first state championship in 43 years.