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SITKA (KDN) — In short, the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings never came down from cloud nine.
After Kayhi's Shaelynn Mendoza knocked down a game-winning buzzer beater in Wednesday's Region V 4A semifinal game against Juneau-Douglas High School to edge the Lady Kings ahead 52-51, and into the driver's seat of the double-elimination tournament, Kayhi rode their wave of momentum to the regional title — its sixth-straight Region V title.
Friday's championship rematch against the Lady Crimson Bears at Mt. Edgecumbe High School saw the Lady Kings rally back from an early 17-11 deficit after the first quarter.
Three buckets from Jenae Rhoads, and a long 3-pointer from Ashley Huffine in the second quarter helped Kayhi cut the deficit in half — at the half. And by the end of three quarters, Kayhi had a 34-29 lead. They won 47-43.
Juneau-Douglas was in foul trouble early in the game, which forced Kayhi to the foul line. And the Lady Kings made the most of their freebie opportunities, going 10-for-12.
A pair of foul shots from Kayhi's Madison Rose sealed the deal with 7.6 seconds left, and sent the Kayhi bench into hysteria once more.
The Lady Kings advance to the state tournament, which will be played in Anchorage later this month.
Ketchikan: Ashley Huffine, 20; Jenae Rhoads, 10; Madison Rose, 8; Lianne Guevarra, 7; Dyllan Borer, 2.
Juneau-Douglas: Caitlin Pusich, 16; Sadie Tuckwood, 13; Jenae Pusich, 6; Alyxn Bohulano, 5; Kiana Potter, 3.