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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan High School was down against Kenai High School on Thursday. But the Lady Kings were never out.
After Kayhi’s Nadire Zhuta hit a pair of 3-pointers to inch the Lady Kings ahead 14-12 after the first quarter, Kayhi’s Emmie Smith extended the lead with an early basket in the second frame.
But the 16-12 lead at Dimond High School quickly evaporated. And the first round matchup in the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout maroon bracket would fall in favor of the Lady Kardinals, 49-45.
Kenai closed out the first half with a 11-2 run, carrying a 23-18 lead at the break.
Kayhi climbed back, making the contest a one possession game several times.
The Lady Kings were behind 23-20 midway through the third quarter, but fell behind by 10 points heading into the fourth frame, 36-26.
Again, Kayhi battled back, cutting the deficit to three points, 43-40. But Kenai was a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line, and hit six freebies in the fourth quarter to solidify the win.
The loss bounces Kayhi to Friday’s 4:30 p.m. matchup against Palmer High School.
Kayhi: Lianne Guevarra, 20; Ashley Huffine, 9; Emmie Smith, 6; Nadire Zhuta, 6; Madison Rose, 4.
Kenai: Brooke Satathite, 19; Jaycie Calvert, 12; Logan Satathite, 5; Jaiden Streiff, 4; Hayley Maw, 4; Kailey Hamilton, 3; Elizabeth Hanson, 2.