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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Down 11-2 to the Thunder Mountain High School Lady Falcons, Ketchikan High School coach Kelly Smith called a 30-second timeout.
After Kayhi’s Emmie Smith hit a basket, the Lady Kings had allowed Thunder Mountain to go on a 7-0 run in a minute and a half. And Kayhi needed to hit the reset button in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic third-place game.
The break in the action worked. And the Lady Kings closed out the last three minutes of the first quarter with a 5-0 run.
Kayhi’s Ashley Huffine hit a layup and plus-one free throw to inch her team closer. And the Lady Kings only trailed by four after the first eight minutes, 11-7.
And they carried that momentum into the second quarter, briefly cutting the deficit to two points. By the end of the third quarter, Kayhi was ahead by two points, 29-27.
In the fourth quarter Kayhi’s Nadire Zhuta found her sweet spot from behind arc, sinking a pair threes in back-to-back Lady Kings’ possessions. Then Smith and Huffine hit shots to help Kayhi hold a 43-34 lead at the final buzzer, as the Lady Kings won third place in the tournament. Thunder Mountain took fifth place.
Kayhi also stepped up its defense in the second half, keeping Thunder Mountain to just six points in each of the third and fourth quarters.
Scoring Line: Ketchikan — Ashley Huffine 14; Nadire Zhuta, 12; Emmie Smith, 8; Lianne Guevarra, 6; Payton Simmons, 2. Thunder Mountain — Nina Fenumiai, 13; Mary Neal Garcia, 10; Charlee Lewis, 7; Tzadi Hauck, 2; Samantha Dilley, 1.