By Mo Bullock
The Kayhi girls remain undefeated after winning both of their games last weekend against Thunder Mountain. Senior Eliah Anderson led the way the first night with 14 points and beat the Lady Falcons 59-30. The Lady Kings struggled offensively the second night, only scoring 17 first half points. Kayhi used an 18-4 third quarter run to take control and get the win 49-38. Leading the way for the Kings was junior guard AJ Dela-Cruz with 12 points. The Lady Kings will play Juneau Douglas in Juneau this weekend.
By Rudy Pankow
The Kayhi Kings basketball team defeated Kenai yesterday 62-52 . They faced a 16 point deficit going into the 2nd quarter. At halftime the score was 33-20, Kenai. After a slow start, the Kings began to prevent turn-overs and by the end of the 3rd they were up
41-33. Jason James was the high scorer with 19 points for the Kings.
By Bernie Franulovich
The girls basketball team is playing Thunder Mountain this weekend at home. These are the first games that the Kayhi girls will be playing against a 4A team from Region 5 this season. The last time the Lady Kings played Thunder Mountain was for the 4A Region Championship title, where they won 68-62. On Friday and Saturday nights JV plays at 5:30, and Varsity plays at 7:00.
The boys basketball team will be playing Kenai today at 3 p.m. in the South Anchorage tournament. The Kings (5-2) are currently riding a three game win streak after winning the Joe T Classic Tournament in Fairbanks last weekend. They won their games with an average of 14 points. The teams at the tournament will be South Anchorage, Thunder Mountain, Colony, West Valley, Bartlett, Barrow, Kenai, and Ketchikan.
The bracket for the tournament is attached:
By Jake Smith
The Kayhi girls and boys basketball teams will be traveling to Fairbanks to play in the Joe T basketball tournament at Lathrop High School Jan. 14-16. The tournament will feature the boys teams of Ketchikan, North Pole, South Anchorage, and host team Lathrop. The girls will face West Valley, South Anchorage, and Lathrop.
The Kayhi boys first game will be against North Pole at 4:30, and the girls will battle the No.1 ranked girls team in Alaska, West Valley at 3:00 p.m. Thursday.
The Ketchikan games will be commentated live on KFMJ, and all games will be video streamed live.
By Bernie Franulovich
The varsity boys basketball team split with West Anchorage this weekend at home. Jason James scored 25 points in Kayhi’s 81-57 win Friday night. Isaac Johnson chipped in 15 points. West Anchorage’s top scorer was Dazhon Wyche with 21 points.
During Saturday’s game Kayhi led the entire game, but West outscored Kayhi 27-11 in the fourth quarter en route a 64-54 win. Wyche was West’s top scorer for the second night in a row, this time with 23 points. James was Kayhi’s top scorer with 18 points, followed by Matthew Standley with 12.
The weekend ended with a series split. Saturday night was not an endowment game, while Friday night’s game was.
By Bernie Franulovich
The Lady Kings won The Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic for the third year in a row on Wednesday Dec. 30. The championship game against Petersburg ended with the Lady Kings winning 66-45. Senior Eliah Anderson was Kayhi’s top scorer with 28 points in the championship game, followed by senior Alexis Biggerstaff and junior AJ Dela Cruz both with ten points. Anderson, Biggerstaff, Dela Cruz, Charley Edwardson, and Courtney Kemble were on the all tournament team.
Kayhi boys varsity fell to Auburn Mountainview 51-45 in the championship game Wednesday night, placing second overall in the tournament. The top scorer of the championship game for the Kings was freshman Marcus Lee, with 12 points, followed by Jason James with ten. Kayhi’s James was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and Isaac Johnson was also on the all tournament team.
According to James, the loss against Auburn isn’t crushing, but more of a learning opportunity to figure out what they need to do at future games against teams as good as Auburn.
“Auburn is probably the best team that we’re going to play this year. So it was, in a way, it was good for us to lose, even though we really wanted to win. But it prepared us for teams we’re going to play next, because we definitely don’t want to lose again. Next time we’ll just have to play with a little more heart in the game.”
The Kayhi boys played an exceptional game on Tuesday Dec. 29 against East Anchorage, the top ranked team in the state, winning 80-59. James was the top scorer of the game with 32 points, and made a putback dunk off of a missed layup.
“We played with intensity and we played really physical on Tuesday, and on Wednesday we were just rough and pretty fatigued, and we weren’t really finishing well.”
The boys team will play West Anchorage this weekend at home Jan. 8 and 9.
Kayhi’s JV girls team fell to Petersburg 50-20 in the first game of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic, but the varsity girls and boys varsity both topped Metlakatla later in the day. The girls won 54-18, and the boys 71-42. Eliah Anderson was the top scorer with 13 points. Matthew Standley led the boys with 16 points.
Kayhi’s boys varsity team finished the game with eleven 3-pointers.
Other game results:
Auburn Mountainview 53
East Anchorage 84