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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School girls basketball team came within minutes of taking home the 2017 Clarke Cochrane Christmas Tournament crown as the Lady Kings fell to Thomas Jefferson 51-49 on Saturday night.
With the narrow loss, Kayhi finishes this year’s Christmas Classic in second-place overall in the girls’ bracket.
The championship game began slowly on offense for the Lady Kings, with Kayhi scoring just eight points in the opening quarter to remain behind the Lady Raiders for most of the first half.
Going to the locker rooms at half time, the Lady Kings found themselves down on the scoreboard by a margin of 34-25, a deficit the team would have little difficulty trimming down as the game progressed.
Leading the charge on the offensive side of the ball was Ashley Huffine, whose 18 points paced the Lady Kings and proved to be important in the team’s close championship game loss.
Kayhi always managed to keep the game within close reach and began trading baskets with its opponents as the minutes ticked away in regulation, but were left searching for that one final score that would put it in the lead and on top of the girls’ bracket.
Senior Brittany Slick scored seven points and made a three-point field goal in the losing effort and was also named the tournament’s most valuable player for her performance over the three-day span of competition.
Fellow senior and team captain Hannah Maxwell turned in a nine-point evening for Kayhi. She also made seven of her attempted 10 free throws
As a team, the Lady Kings went 14-for-22 from the free-throw line.
Thomas Jefferson shot 52 percent from the charity stripe in its victory over Kayhi.
Ketchikan: Ashley Huffine 18, Hannah Maxwell 9, Brittany Slick 7, Nadire Zhuta 6, Payton Simmons 5.
Thomas Jefferson: Nadira Eltayih 24, Hailey Still 17, Isis Crew 6, Hila’atu Veikoso 4.