Junior Marcus Lee scored his 1000th point in an 81-69 win over Juneau Douglas. Lee was the Kings high scorer with 35 points followed by Chris Lee with 12. Kayhi will now play the second half of a 4-game road trip. The Kings will play Thunder Mountain tonight and tomorrow. Kayhi split in their previous games, Kings winning the first game 54-48 and losing the second 77-67. Kayhi (3-3) is one game behind Thunder Mountain (4-2) in the race for the top seed in the Region V tournament. Thunder Mountain is No. 10 in the WPI rankings released on Wednesday. Kayhi is sitting at No. 9, followed by Juneau at No. 13.
The Kayhi Lady Kings (12-9) were swept in two big rivalry games at Juneau Douglas Bears (6-16) 41-35 Friday and 50-40 Saturday. The losses drop the Lady Kings into a tie for first in the region. Kayhi has the tie-breaker over JD thanks to two home wins by larger margins. Both games were marked by large first half runs by the Bears. On Friday it was a 12-2 first half run that gave the Bears a 17-11 halftime lead. Saturday it was a 14-5 run that gave JD a 21-16 lead. Sophomore Nadire Zhuta kept Kayhi close hitting three of Kayhi’s four 3-pointers in the second quarter. The Lady Kings trailed by as many as 8, but cut it to 4 with 4:12 left, however a turnover killed the rally. JD scored the next 4 points and put the game away. Kayhi was outscored in transition both nights, 15-2 and 10-4.
The Kings split with Juneau Douglas last weekend. Friday night Sophomore Chris Lee led Kayhi with 25 points to victory 69-64. Saturday the Kings trailed the Bears from the start and fell 54-46. Senior Marcus Lee led Kayhi with 18.
The Kayhi Lady Kings (12-6) beat the West Valley Wolfpack (10-5) for the second time this year Saturday to finish 2-2 in the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout. Ketchikan began the tournament Wednesday by beating West Anchorage (9-4) 49-36. They lost to Colony (14-3) 49-42 on Thursday, and Barrow 46-42 on Friday. The Lady Kings finished the tournament with an exciting 53-52 win over West Valley. Kayhi was ahead over West Valley 18-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Wolfpack responded and led the Lady Kings by seven in the third quarter. With less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter Sophomore Lianne Guevarra forced a Wolfpack turnover and Junior Ashley Huffine capitalized off of it by hitting a game-tying three. Sophomore Madison Rose forced another turnover with eight seconds left which led to the game-winning free throw by Senior Brittany Slick. Senior Captain Hannah Maxwell said they were happy to finish the tournament with a win. “After coming up short in two close games it felt good to get the win,” said Maxwell. “Our bench made some huge plays that set up the winning free throw. It’s always nice to end the week on a positive note especially when we are heading to JD next week.”
The Kings split with Thunder Mountain last weekend. Friday night, Kayhi trailed the Falcons until the end of the 3rd quarter taking the lead 38-36 resulting in a 54-48 victory. Saturday night the Falcons took the lead from the start making it a 19 point game within in the first quarter 22-3. Kayhi went on a run in the second half making it a 5 point game 65-60. The Kings fell to the Falcons 77-67. Junior Captain Marcus Lee was the leading scorer both nights of the conference matchups. Lee scored 19 Friday night and finished with a career high 38 points Saturday night. “Saturday night was a career high for me in scoring but unfortunately we lost,” said Lee. “I really wasn’t aware of how much I scored until after the game when my teammates told me. Hitting my career high is very cool but then again winning is more important.”
Despite being on an airplane or in an airport for 13 straight hours, the Kayhi Lady Kings avoided the jet lag and raced to a 10-0 lead on Friday night to start a weekend sweep of Thunder Mountain Falcons. Kayhi continued its dominant conference play extending the win streak to 14 against the Falcons. Senior Brittany Slick scored 18 points to lead the Lady Kings to a 41-27 victory on Friday night. Another Senior Hannah Maxwell had a career-high 17 points Saturday night in a 52-40 win.
The Kings defeated Mt. Edgecumbe last weekend. Friday night Kayhi finished 60-45. Junior Cody Kemble’s game high 17 points led the Kings to victory. Saturday night Junior captain Marcus Lee led all scorers with 21 points to finish with a 53-37 win. Lee said that after rest from traveling the Kings had a successful weekend. “I think we ended the weekend really well. I felt pretty good going into the game Saturday and I think it was the time off of traveling and letting my legs rest that led me to play really well.”