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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School Lady Kings basketball team defeated the Sitka High School Lady Wolves 51-39 on Saturday evening at the Clarke Cochrane Gym.
With the win, Kayhi sweeps the two-game weekend series with Sitka, and brings its head-to-head season record to 2-1 overall.
Early in the game, it was Sitka that had the momentum on its side and Kayhi that had difficulty getting going on the offensive end.
Through one quarter of play, the Lady Kings trailed the Lady Wolves by a margin of 11-6.
Despite the sloppy opening frame, Kayhi quickly rebounded and reclaimed the scoring advantage, while keeping Sitka off the scoreboard throughout the entire quarter.
With a six-point lead to their credit at the half, the Lady Kings were able to build off their strong second quarter and carry the good play with them into the second half.
At times, Sitka pulled a few possessions together and put some points up to cut into the Kayhi lead, but the scoreless second quarter was too much of a hill for the Lady Wolves to climb in the second half.
Even with Kayhi’s offensive rebounding numbers not close to what they were on Friday, the Lady Kings found other ways to gain an advantage in the non-conference matchup.
Hard-nosed physical play by Kayhi eventually wore on Sitka as the night went on, and it showed in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Kings seemed to be getting their second wind.
In the end, the final score will not reflect how close the game was at times in its early stages, but it will show how Kayhi is able to put teams away in the late stages of competition.
Senior Hannah Maxwell was a force to be reckoned with throughout the weekend series, and was the source of many Sitka turnovers in both Friday and Saturday night’s games.
Sprinting up-and-down the court and diving after the ball for essentially 32 consecutive minutes, Maxwell’s hustle and determination were too much for Sitka to combat.
Maxwell finished her night on Saturday with 4 points scored, but her presence was felt by her adversaries all over the court.
Junior Ashley Huffine proved to be a threat from long range in the victory for Kayhi, as she sank four 3-pointers en route to 12 points scored overall.
Although it took the first two quarters for her to get going offensively, senior Brittany Slick came alive in the second half to lead the team in scoring with 17 points.
The Lady Kings will be on the road in Juneau to take on the Thunder Mountain High School Lady Falcons for a pair of Southeast conference games on Feb. 2-3.
Kayhi: Brittany Slick 17, Ashley Huffine 12, Payton Simmons 8, Hannah Maxwell 4, Emmie Smith 4, Nadire Zhuta 3, Madison Rose 3,
Sitka: Abby Forrester 13, Tatum Bayne 10, Tiffany Elefante 6, Jessica Davis 6, Joei Vidad 4.
Kayhi JV 39,
Sitka JV 34
For the second consecutive night, the junior varsity contest between the Lady Kings and Lady Wolves came right down to the final seconds, as Kayhi defeated Sitka 39-34.
Just like Kayhi’s 32-31 victory the night prior, Saturday’s game saw neither team give an inch on the scoreboard and was a one-possession game until the last minute of play.
The Lady Kings escaped with the lead, using tough last-minute defense to shut down their opponents and seal the victory for the local supporters in the Cochrane Gym.
Kayhi: Lianne Gueverra 13, Madison Rose 4, Channel Browne 3, BreAnna Gentry 2, Rachel Knight 2, Dyllan Borer 2.
Sitka: Shaye Jensen 9, Jocelyn Brady 5, Kayleigh McArthur 5, Hayley Bartolaba 4, Chava McClenahan 2, Makenna Smith 2.
Kayhi C-team 35,
Sitka C-team 12
Kayhi’s girls C-team took care of business in its 35-12 victory over the Lady Wolves to tip off the action on Saturday night.
The game quickly turned into somewhat of a one-sided matchup, with the Lady Kings grabbing a lead in the first quarter and running with it for three more.
Sitka was held in the single digits until the final minutes of regulation and did not contest Kayhi’s shooting during the lopsided result.
Kayhi: BreAnna Gentry 10, Shaye Skillings 9, Karly McMahon 6, Nora Agoney 6, Ashley Moulton 2, Dyllan Borer 2.
Sitka: Tyla Gleason 2, Pam Veshti 2, Nellie Onalik 2, Madison Mercer 2, Ashlee Olson 2, Rean Famini 1, Sarah Sam 1.