The Kayhi Lady Kings will play the Thunder Mountain Falcons at home today and Saturday. Kayhi has beat the Falcons 14 times in a row with a win average of 23.5 points, but the steadily improving Falcons will pose a threat to Kayhi.
Earlier this month in the second meeting between the two teams, Thunder Mountain held Kayhi to 5 first quarter points and lead 12-5 before Kayhi opened up a lead with a 17-2 run. Still, the Falcons would not go away and Kayhi needed a 17-3 run in the second half to secure the win after TM pulled to within 2.
Friday’s game will be the annual Pink Night, to support breast cancer awareness. Saturday night is Senior Night and the last regular-season games for Brittany Slick and Hannah Maxwell.
Two wins will give the Lady Kings the No. 1 seed at the Region V tournament next month. Senior Brittany Slick has many emotions knowing that it will be her last regular season game for Kayhi ever.
“It’s exciting but also sad,” said Slick. “ It will be the end to a sport that’s been a huge part of my life, but ending it on my home floor with my team is really exciting. It is also a huge moment of gratitude realizing how many people helped me to get to where I am today. I couldn’t have done it without my team, family, and coaches.
Senior Captain Hannah Maxwell is very sad knowing that her high school career is coming to an end.
“I’m definitely going to cry,” said Maxwell. “Basketball has been a part of my life since I could walk, and now it almost over. This weekend will be one to remember.”
Kayhi boys (10-8, 2-2) will take on Juneau Douglas (9-12, 2-4) tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. The Kings will battle Thunder Mountain (12-9, 4-2) Friday and Saturday to close out the regular season.
The Kings have split the series with each Juneau team this season. Kayhi defeated Thunder Mountain 54-48 on Feb. 9 then lost 77-67 Feb. 10. The following weekend the Kings won the first game 69-64 over the Bears and lost the second game 54-46. Thunder Mountain is currently in first place for the region, but it’s still out for the taking.
“Last year we played 8 games in 10 days, so the back to back games aren’t new to us,” said Junior Marcus Lee. “These conference games are very important to win for our seeding.”
The Drama Debate and Forensics team is headed to Anchorage tomorrow to compete at the state competition.
The team has been researching and preparing since the last meet for the state topic: abolishing the capital gains tax.
Co-captain Frances Barry feels well-prepared for her final debate as a Kayhi King.
“I feel better prepared than the past, but it’s also the most complex resolve I have ever had to debate,” said Barry.
Coach David Mitchel said he is also aware of the difficulty of such an intricate topic.
“It’s a tough issue. There are a lot of angles to cover and it’s tough to say stuff that always makes sense, ” said Mitchel. “A lot of parents have joked about that students would ask them about capital gains tax, and they would have to look it up themselves.”
Regardless, Mitchel is confident in the team’s ability even with the difficult topic that will be debated.
“We have a really good group, and they have all deserved it,” said Mitchell. “They have been studying a lot. They are more prepared than we have been in the past.”
The Lady Kings (12-7, 4-0) will be traveling to Juneau to take on the Juneau Douglas Bears (4-6, 2-2) in their last road games of the regular season.
Kayhi has beaten Juneau twice already this year by an average win margin of 14 points.
The Crimson Bears are led by senior center Cassie Dzinich who has averaged 16 points per game in wins on the season and scored 40 points in two games at Sitka last weekend.
The Lady Kings will also have to keep junior Caitlin Pusich in check. She scored 25 points in a 75-62 loss to Kayhi on Jan. 12.
Junior Payton Simmons said that the team is looking to maintain some momentum before the Region and State tournaments.
“We’ve been preparing all week for JD and some of their players,” said Simmons. “Cassie is strong down on the post, she boxes out well, and gets a lot of boards. Juneau as a team has been getting better and we have to be ready to do the little things to be successful. These are our last games on the road before regionals and as a team we need to focus on one game at a time and keep up our energy going into regions.”
The Kayhi Kings basketball team is facing off against their conference rivals the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend at home. Both nights, C-team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15. Going into this weekend having not played Juneau, Kayhi is looking to bring the same, if not more, intensity that they brought to the Kayhi-Thunder Mountain matchup last weekend.
Kayhi junior Cody Kemble said the team will bring more energy to the court this weekend.
“I thought last week the team lacked intensity in the first half,” said Kemble. “We have definitely been working on bringing it for the whole 32 minutes every game.”
Kemble also said that the crowd is a big help during games like these.
“It really helps when the crowd gets into it,” said Kemble. “It gets us in a groove, and especially helps during these critical conference matchups.”
The Kayhi Kings are facing off against the Thunder Mountain Falcons at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium tonight and tomorrow night. C team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15 both nights. The Kings have not yet played the Falcons this season, but went 3-2 against Thunder Mountain last year.
Kayhi junior Marcus Lee said that the team should do well in the next conference games.
“I think we will do very well the next few games,” said Lee. “The chemistry and the way we play together has been great and we’re just looking to build more of that and use it to our advantage these next conference games.”
The Lady Kings will be taking on the Thunder Mountain Falcons this weekend in Juneau. The last time the Lady Kings lost to TM was 56-50 at the Region V Tournament in 2015. Since then, Kayhi has dominated, winning 12 straight games. Last seasons the Lady Kings won by an average of 25.3 points.
However, the Falcons showed steady improvement last season though they were twice defeated by Kayhi at Regionals.
Senior Captain Brittany Slick said the team is excited and ready to play Thunder Mountain for the first time this year.
“They are a scrappy team,” said Slick. “Their program is still developing, so I feel like it is easy for people to underestimate them very quickly, but they do play very hard so we have to be on our game and we can’t take them lightly.”