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Kayhi teams split crossover games at regions in Sitka

SITKA (KDN) — It’s not too often when a team scores more 3-pointers in a game than any other shot. But such was the case on Saturday when the Ketchikan High School Kings drained 15 threes in the Region V crossover game against Metlakatla High School. The Kings won 75-49.

The two teams played each other for bragging rights at Mt. Edgecumbe High School after both teams had advanced to the state tournament on Thursday. Kayhi defeated Juneau-Douglas 66-60 to win the 4A championship. Metlakatla won 64-63 over Petersburg to claim the 2A title.

Both Kayhi and Metlakatla used the game as more of an exhibition before the state tournament, subbing five players at a time to make sure everyone received playing time.

All nine players available on the Kings’ roster tallied points, as did almost everyone on Metlakatla’s roster.

Kayhi hit four of its 15 threes in the first half, and carried a 26-18 lead at the break.

The Chiefs also had a pair of 3-pointers sink before the intermission from Desmond King and Isaac Henderson. But in the second half, the Kings lit up the scoreboard.

Kayhi’s ER Caparas nailed four threes in the final two quarters, and Kristian Pihl hit his third three of the game in the second half. And eight Kings sunk shots behind the arc.

Kayhi scored 30 points in the third quarter, before ultimately claiming the crossover championship.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: ER Caparas, 14; Kristian Pihl, 11; Wyatt Barajas, 10; Marcus Lee, 10; Cody Kemble, 8; Tyler Slick, 5; Kyle Smith, 4; Gavin Salazar, 4; Jake Taylor, 3; Arthur Williams, 3; Robert Hilton-Seludo, 3.

Metlakatla: Conrad Hudson Jr., 13; Desmond King, 11; Elijah Casperson, 7; Bradley Milne, 6; Coleton Hayward, 5; Isaac Henderson, 3; Jason William, 2; Aidan Rolando, 2.

Lady Kings fall to Mt. Edgecumbe  

The Lady Kings nearly had another buzzer beater.

Just three days after Shaelynn Mendoza’s game-winning shot in the Region V 4A semifinal against Juneau-Douglas High School, Ashley Huffine almost did the same thing against Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

Her 3-point shot at the end of the Region V crossover championship on Saturday tipped off the rim, and bounced out. And Ketchikan High School’s senior immediately turned and smiled toward Kayhi’s bench.

The game was played for bragging rights in Southeast , and was part of the final day of the Region V tournament in Sitka. Both the Lady Braves and Lady Kings had already claimed their class titles.

Kayhi beat Juneau-Douglas 47-43 to win the 4A championship on Friday. Mt. Edgecumbe had a buzzer beater win of its own, 49-48, over Sitka High School to win the 3A title on Friday.

Huffine was on target behind the arc, draining five threes in the game. As a team, Mt. Edgecumbe hit six 3-pointers.

The Lady Braves had a 16-10 lead after the first quarter. But the Lady Kings rallied back in the second quarter, and tied the game at 28 apiece at the break.

From there, the back-and-forth affair continued in second half. Kayhi had a 39-37 lead after three quarters, and extended its lead 45-37 early in the fourth frame.

But Mt. Edgecumbe bounced back, going on a 12-0 run, officially taking a 46-45 lead with 90 seconds left. And the Lady Braves secured it with a  3-pointer with 55 seconds left, 49-45.

Kayhi’s Lianne Guevarra would inch the Lady Kings closer with her third 3-pointer of the game, 49-48. But Mt. Edgecumbe held on to the victory.

Both teams will play in the state tournament in Anchorage later this month.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: Ashley Huffine, 23; Lianne Guevarra, 15; Madison Rose, 4; Shaelynn Mendoza, 3; Nadire Zhuta, 3.

Mt. Edgecumbe: Sanora Bell, 13; Catherine Sunny, 11; Maggie Miller, 9; Autumn Beans, 5; Verna Ramoth, 5; Brystel Charlie, 5; Tyra Brown, 2.