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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — It might be below freezing and blowing snow outside of Ketchikan High School. But inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, it has remained the same temperature — one of the perks of playing an indoor sport in the winter months.
Things are bound to heat up on Saturday night, however, when both the Kings and Lady Kings hit the floor.
After Friday’s scheduled games against Colony and Mt. Edgecumbe high schools were canceled due to the anticipation of heavy snow fall — the Ketchikan School District called off school on Friday — Saturday will be a one game showdown with both teams in town.
The Lady Kings will square off against the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves at 5:30 p.m.
The Kings will lock up with the Colony Knights at 7:15 p.m.
It will be both teams’ first home games in the new decade.
Both hometown squads opened the new year in Fairbanks last weekend during the Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic at Monroe High School.
Ketchikan was the only ASAA 4A school competing in the round-robin tournament. The Kings and Lady Kings played Monroe Catholic, Grace Christian and Valdez high schools — all of which are ASAA 3A teams.
When the Lady Kings host Mt. Edgecumbe on Saturday, it will be the fourth straight game they’ve gone head-to-head against a 3A school.
The Lady Kings (6-2) went 2-1 during the Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic, winning their final two games against Grace Christian and Valdez.
Mt. Edgecumbe (2-1) won its first two games of season, beating Grace Christian and Seward high schools in December. The Lady Braves’ lone loss in the early going came against Barrow High School on Dec. 21.
Saturday will be the Lady Braves’ first game in 2020.
The Lady Kings and Lady Braves went head-to-head five times during the 2018-19 season. Ketchikan won the series, 3-2, but the Lady Braves progressively scored more, averaging 4.8 more points per game against Ketchikan every meeting, and Mt. Edgecumbe won the final two contests.
The Lady Braves averaged 41 points per game against the Lady Kings last season. In three games this year, Mt. Edgecumbe has averaged 51.3 points per contest, while allowing an average of 48.3 points per game.
The Lady Kings have averaged 44.3 points per contest through eight games this season. They’ve allowed an average of 38.4 points per game.
Just like Mt. Edgecumbe, Saturday will be the Colony Knights’ first game in 2020.
Last season’s ASAA 4A third-place team has started its 2019-20 campaign 3-0. The Knights swept their competition during the Doc Larson Roundball Classic at Wasilla High School in December, beating their opponents by an average of 12 points per game.
The Knights’ core from last year’s state tournament team returned this season. But Saturday’s matchup will be Colony’s first game against Ketchikan since the 2017-18 season — when this year’s seniors were sophomores.
The Kings and Knights split those two games at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
Despite the Kings’ taking the court as the defending 4A state champions every time they step on the floor this season, Maxpreps names Colony as the top team in Alaska.
The Kings (4-2) are undefeated at home, after sweeping their competition during the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in December. The Kings have won 11 straight home games at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, dating back to December 2018.
The Kings have averaged 65.5 points per game in six contests this season, but Saturday marks just the second time the Kings will play a 4A team. Ketchikan beat West Anchorage High School 60-58 on Dec. 29.
Notes: Saturday will be the first of two home games for both Ketchikan varsity squads this month. The Kings and Lady Kings varsity teams won’t return to Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium until Jan. 31.