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By MATT ARMSTRONG
Daily News Staff Writer
The Ketchikan High School Lady Kings are 0-3 on the basketball court against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this season, with margins of loss ranging from one point to almost 20.
The Crimson Bears swept a two-game series against the Lady Kings earlier in the season in Juneau, winning by 7 and 18 points. The teams met again Saturday morning in the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout tournament in Anchorage, with Kayhi leading with less than one minute to go in the fourth quarter before falling 42-41 to Juneau-Douglas.
Kayhi coach Kelly Smith is hoping that the progress the team has made to this point in the year — in addition to playing at home — will produce a different outcome against Juneau-Douglas this time around.
“More important than the final score is we gotta get better in the game,” Smith said Wednesday. “If we play well and Juneau plays well and we don’t come out on top, then it is what it is, but we can’t have any more setbacks. We’ve had too many times this year where we make a couple strides and then take one step forward, two steps backward.
“We’ve got to continue to get getter every day and, if we do those things, the wins will take care of themselves,” Smith added. “ ... We’ve made huge strides in a lot of areas. The biggest one is playing hard all the time — we’re competing all the time now. Now, if we just clean up the little basketball stuff, it’s going to be an exciting end to the season.
The team has been working on rebounding, inbounds, not fouling and having patience on offense this week at practice.
“We were in a really good position (Saturday) in the third quarter, and Hannah (Maxwell) and Kyra (Welker) went out, two of our better defenders, and we gave up 21 points to Juneau in the third quarter after holding them to 10 in the first half,” Smith said, adding that Maxwell and Welker came out due to foul troubles.
“ ... We had a four point lead and the ball with 3:50 to go in the fourth quarter, and we turned it over our next three possessions,” Smith said. “We’ve got to clean up little things.”
Kayhi senior Kreylynn Johnson remains out of the lineup while she recovers from a broken foot she sustained earlier in the season. She won’t play against Juneau-Douglas, and her status for next weekend is uncertain at this point, according to Smith.
In addition to this weekend’s varsity games, there will be C squad games at 4 p.m. and junior varsity games at 5:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. There also is a One Billion Rising event Friday night, with Pink Night and Senior Night scheduled for Saturday, according to Smith.
The varsity games are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.