After three losses, two of which featured lost leads, the Lady Kings (8-10, 2-2) had watched a 31-10 lead over Thunder Mountain be cut to 6. Then Nadire Zhuta iced the game with a jumper with 1:32 and Kayhi prevailed 35-27. The win brought Kayhi’s streak against the Falcons to 20 games and snapped a 4-game losing streak. “It felt good to play together,” senior Ashley Huffine said. “It leaves a better taste from the trip that we get to go home on a win.” Huffine said the streak doesn’t impact how the team prepares. “I don’t really think about it too much, it’s just another game against the Falcons,” Huffine said. “They can be dangerous, so we can’t take them lightly.” The Falcons gave Juneau-Douglas its only conference loss (40-36) on Feb. 1.
The Kayhi Lady Kings lost 49-45 to the Kenai Kardinals in their 2nd game of the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout in Anchorage. The Lady Kings were lead on offense by Lianne Guevarra, who scored 20 points with 16 of them coming in the second half.
Scoring Line Kayhi- Lianne Guevarra 20, Ashley Huffine 9, Emmie Smith 6, Nadire Zhuta 6, Madison Rose 4.
The Lady Kings (7-7) will travel to Anchorage this week to compete in the 21st annual Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout. Sixteen of the 19 4A teams in the state will be participating in the tournament. Kayhi tips off against the undefeated Soldotna Stars (14-0) today at 6:15, who won the Clarke Cochrane Tournament earlier this season. The Lady Kings are looking to build off of last weekend and learn from their mistakes, while playing some of the top competition in the state. “We did not expect to lose on Saturday [to Mt. Edgecumbe], but we learned a lot from it,” senior Emmie Smith said. “We are expecting to improve and learn a lot from this weekend.”
On Friday night, junior Chris Lee became the 10th Kayhi member to reach the 1000-point club in a 94-54 rout of rival Juneau-Douglas. “It feels great to accomplish something like that but not only for me, but all my teammates that have helped me from freshman year to now,” said Lee. “It was nice to get back on track and get back to playing our brand of basketball, especially against a team we usually see during regions.” Chris (29) and his brother Marcus (27) combined to outscore the entire Crimson Bears entire offense on Friday night. Saturday was more of the same as the Kings (11-7, 3-1) cruised to an 85-65 victory.
Friday Scoring: Marcus Lee 29, Chris Lee 27, ER Caparas 8, Cody Kemble 5, Robert Hilton-Seludo 5, Jake Taylor 4, Wyatt Barajas 4, Kristian Pihl 3, Arthur Williams 3, Gavin Salazar 2, James Nordlund 2, Josh Gentry 2.
Saturday Scoring: Chris Lee 24, Marcus Lee 15, Cody Kemble 10, Kristian Pihl 9, Robert Hilton-Seludo 7, Jake Taylor 6, Wyatt Barajas 6, Kyle Smith 5, ER Caparas 3.
The Lady Kings (7-7) split this weekend in Sitka against Mt. Edgecumbe (4-8). Kayhi dominated the Lady Braves on Friday, and won 57-42. The Lady Kings jumped out to a 19-8 lead early and led for the rest of the game. Junior Madison Rose scored 13 of her game high 18 points in the second half. In Saturday’s game, The Lady Braves switched defenses from the previous night, and went into a zone. Kayhi scored 3 points in the first quarter, and 2 in the fourth. Rose and senior Ashley Huffine combined for 20 points in the second quarter. Mt. Edgecumbe led the Lady Kings 37-33 at the end of the third. Kayhi only scored via the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Kayhi couldn’t come back from the deficit, and fell 46-35.
Friday Scoring: Madison Rose 18, Ashley Huffine 11, Lianne Guevarra 11, Nadire Zhuta 11, Shaelynn Mendoza 3, Emmie Smith 2, Dyllan Borer 1.
Saturday Scoring: Madison Rose 13, Ashley Huffine 13, Lianne Guevarra 6, Emmie Smith.
Round three of Lady Kings (6-6) vs. Lady Braves (3-7) is tonight in Sitka. Kayhi has already defeated MEHS twice this year. Senior Ashley Huffine said the teams is confident, but can’t take Mt. Edgecumbe lightly. “They have two girls who didn’t play when we played them at home,” said Huffine. “But I think we’ll be able to adjust pretty well.” In the previous two matchups the Lady Kings buried the Lady Braves with a barrage of 3-pointers and full-court pressure. The Lady Braves sat in a zone for most of the game. The weekend will also give players a feel for the venue. “I’m also excited to get a feel of the gym before we come in March for Regions,” said Huffine.
Eight Kayhi (9-7) seniors will have their last chance to beat JD (8-6) at home this weekend. Kyle Smith has been playing basketball for the Kings for the past four years and he’s excited. “It’s kinda crazy,” Smith said. ”I never thought about my last home game against JD, we’re definitely gonna play smarter than we did in our first game against them.”
Earlier this season at Juneau Douglas: Kayhi 67 JD 75 Kayhi 65 JD 32
Keys to the game: Focus. Kayhi dropped the first of two games on the road against a team that returned no starters. In the second game Kayhi overwhelmed the defending region champs, beating them by 33 points. “We can’t underestimate them,” senior Cody Kemble said. “Last time we came out slow. We thought it would be an easy win, we were wrong and changed that in the next game where we came out on fire and put up lots of points early in the game.”
Friday: 4:30 p.m. C Team 5:30 p.m. JV 7:15 p.m. Varsity
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. C Team 5:30 p.m. JV 7:15 p.m. Varsity