Fresh off a sweep of the Region V titles, the boys and girls basketball teams are focused on preparing for the state tournament next week. The tournament will kick off on Thursday and go throughout Saturday The Kings will tip-off their first game against the maxpreps No.2 ranked East Anchorage Thunderbirds. Led by Senior Captain Desmond Johnson (19.9 points per game) East Anchorage has gone 3-0 against common opponents Lathrop, Juneau-Douglas, Mt. Edgecumbe. Kayhi went 5-3 against those three foes. The Thunderbirds have an impressive overall record of 20-7 and are cruising on an 8-game win streak after winning their region. The Kings have an overall record of 17-9 and have caught fire lately going 11 for 13 and are also riding an 8-game win streak after starting the year 6-7. – Leif Svenson
The Lady Kings will face off against maxpreps No. 2 East Anchorage (23-1) on Thursday at 3:30. Kayhi is 21-7 going into the state tournament after an intense region tournament. This is the second year in a row that the Lady Kings will attend the state tournament. The Kings placed 7th last year at state. – Jake Stout
Metlakatla won both Championship match ups with Craig to sweep the 2A titles. The girls won 52-33 and the boys took down the top-seeded Panthers 52-47.
Sitka beat Mt. Edgecumbe on a pair of last second free throws to claim the 3A title 43-41.
The Sitka girls punched their ticket to state by opening the game on a 15-2 run and holding off Petersburg 49-39.
Both Kayhi girls and boys will be playing Thunder Mountain for the second time in the Region V tournament today. This time for the Championship.
The girls will play at 3pm and the boys will be playing at 4:45 in the Clarke Cochrane Gym. The games haven’t been easy for either teams. The Lady Falcons have challenged the Lady Kings, and even forced double-overtime on Feb. 21, but Kayhi has prevailed in all five meetings.
Last time out:
The Lady Kings played Thunder Mountain on Wednesday, and used a second half surge to beat the Falcons 64-49.
The boys won a double-overtime thriller Wednesday 60-57.
Ashley Young – Young has totaled 50 points in her last two tournament games including 26 against Kayhi Wednesday.
Jacob Callaway – Callaway scored 23 points against the Kings and 31 points to help eliminate the Crimson Bears yesterday.
The Craig boys basketball team limited Haines to eight points in the second half and turned a six-point halftime lead into a 61-25 blowout win.
Earlier in the day, the Craig girls advanced in the 2A bracket with a 37-23 win over Wrangell.
Metlakatla also went 2-0 on the day, starting with the boys. The Chiefs trailed Wrangell 20-12, but outscored the Wolves 26-9 to close the game, including 16-0 in the fourth quarter to win 38-29.
The Metlakatla girls had no trouble in a 66-30 win over Haines.
In other action:
Mt. Edgecumbe 41
Thunder Mountain 67
Petersburg 53 OT
Thunder Mountain 54