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By SPENCER GLEASON
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School Lady Kings broke through a zone defense over the weekend — and they did it in a big way.
The Lady Kings outscored Mt. Edgecumbe High School 114-55 in two games, beating the Lady Braves 52-28 on Saturday and 61-27 on Sunday.
But beyond two more victories, to improve to 8-2, Ketchikan head coach Kelly Smith was just as pleased that everyone contributed.
“That group that got to play the last 11 or 12 game minutes, they really struggled in the Clarke (tournament) when they got that much time,” Smith said after Sunday’s win. “They had a lot of turnovers, and didn’t get a lot of shots. And today, I think they really showed a huge improvement.
“You’re going to miss shots in basketball,” he continued. “But I want shots over turnovers any day, and those girls were getting shots.”
Ketchikan’s Hya Bondoc, Hayley Gilson, Gabby Mas, Paige Boehlert and Delaney Ingman were on the floor at the end of Sunday’s win, and they accounted for the Lady Kings’ final 18 points.
“All of them contributed,” Smith said. “They were talking on (defense). I challenged them to talk on defense, so I was really proud of those girls that finished the game.”
Ketchikan’s Nadire Zhuta and Lianne Guevarra were on their mark early in Sunday’s victory. The duo combined for four 3-pointers in the first half, and Ketchikan carried a 37-14 lead at the break.
“The starters set a good tone,” Smith said. “(On Saturday), it was Shaelyn (Mendoza) flying around — steals and layups. Tonight, Nadire and Lianne kind of set it, hit a couple jumpers early.”
Mendoza finished Saturday’s game with a team-high 14 points. After the Lady Kings carried a 32-18 lead at the break on Saturday night, Mendoza started the third quarter by scoring on four consecutive possessions.
Notes: The Lady Kings’ varsity squad is off this week. The JV team will travel to Juneau for a tournament.
“I’m keeping six girls here, and we’re just going to focus on skills,” Smith said. “... We can get Madison (Rose), Lianne, Nadire, Shaelyn a thousand shots next week. We can get Lindsay (Byron) and Jenae (Rhoads) 2,000 post moves next week. And that stuff will help us in the long run.”
Sunday’s afternoon game was a make-up from Friday’s cancellation. Friday’s game was canceled after school was called off, as weather forecasts predicted heavy snowfall. Mt. Edgecumbe was not scheduled to fly back to Sitka until Sunday evening.
Sunday’s Scoring Line
Ketchikan: Nadire Zhuta 13; Lianne Guevarra 9, Hya Bondoc 9; Jenae Rhoads 8; Gabby Mas 7; Hayley Gilson 6; Shaelyn Mendoza 4; Paige Boehlert 2; Lindsay Byron 2; Madison Rose 1.
Mt. Edgecumbe: Erica Aaberg 6; Vernae Ramoth 6; Lisa Strom 5; Shayna Warnke-Green 4; Lizzy Allen 2; Cam Olson 2.
Saturday’s Scoring Line
Ketchikan: Shaelyn Mendoza 14; Lianne Guevarra 12; Jenae Rhoads 8; Hya Bondoc 6; Madison Rose 6; Lindsay Byron 6.
Mt. Edgecumbe: Lisa Strom 13; Vernae Ramoth 10; Cam Olson 3; Madison Alstrom-Beans 2.
*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.