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Lady Kings let halftime lead slip away
Ketchikan High School’s Jenae Rhoads reaches for the rebound in front of Metlakatla High School’s Myra Guthrie (44) on Dec. 27, 2018 during the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic at Kayhi. At 5’11”, Rhoads is one of four freshmen the Lady Kings had travel with them during the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School this week. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

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Only one word described Kelly Smith’s emotions after Friday’s 38-35 loss.


After closing out the second quarter on an 8-1 run, and ending the half with a 25-18 lead against Palmer High School, the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings went into the intermission talking about keeping their foot on the gas pedal.

Kayhi was hoping to the continue the momentum against the Lady Moose in their consolation round matchup of the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School.

“We were focused, and talking about going on a run,” Smith said of his team at halftime.

But then the wheels fell off.

Kayhi could only muster five points in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Palmer doubled that, scoring 10 points in the frame. And the two teams repeated the tallies in the fourth quarter.

The result was a come-from-behind win for the Lady Moose, and Kayhi’s fourth straight loss.  

The Lady Kings (7-10) are 1-4 in February.

“We’re not playing up to our standards right now,” Smith said.

Kayhi had the ball in hand, down by one, 36-35, with 1:31 left in the game. But after passing the ball around for 65 seconds, an errant toss went out of bounds. And Palmer was able to regain control.

“We’re making terrible decisions with the basketball,” Smith said. “We had (chances), but we’d throw the ball right back to them.”

Afterward, Smith acknowledged the skid Kayhi has been on this month.

“We had an ‘oops’ against Mt. Edgecumbe (High School),” he said. “Soldotna is just good. And we can play with Kenai and Palmer, but the ‘oops’ are becoming a trend.”

The loss bumps Kayhi to the tournament’s seventh-place game against Thunder Mountain High School at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Note: Kayhi’s Lianne Guevarra has hit a hot streak, scoring double figures for the second straight game.  The Lady Kings’ junior guard scored 20 points in Thursday’s 49-45 loss to Kenai High School, and tallied 15 points on Friday.

Guevarra has scored at least 10 points in eight of the last 11 contests.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: Lianne Guevarra, 15; Ashley Huffine, 5; Madison Rose, 5; Nadire Zhuta, 5; Paige Boehlert, 3; Shaelynn Mendoza, 2.

Palmer: Abirana Busney, 11; Ellyse Russell, 11; Danelle Umbarger, 5; Olivia Lundin, 4; Sophia Benshetler, 3; Avery Pettingill, 2; Catherine Uschmann, 2.