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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School Lady Kings’ basketball season came to a close on Friday.
After winning their sixth straight Region V title, the Lady Kings represented Southeast in the ASAA 4A state tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. But the Region V champions were given the No. 8 seed in the state tournament, and they had a couple tall tasks against the top-seeded Dimond High School Lady Lynx and the No. 5 seeded West Anchorage High School Lady Eagles.
After dropping their first game against Dimond on Thursday, 66-43, Kayhi was relegated to the consolation semifinal game, in search of a fourth place finish at state.
But it wasn’t in the cards.
Kayhi went to work against West Anchorage on Friday, nearly staying even with the Lady Eagles in the first quarter. The Lady Kings were only behind by three, 13-10, after the first eight minutes. But the Lady Eagles soared ahead in the second frame, carrying a 27-15 lead at the half. And West Anchorage won 56-37, ultimately ending Kayhi’s season.
The Lady Kings finish the season above .500, with an overall record of 14-13. And the varsity squad will graduate three seniors — Ashley Huffine, Emmie Smith and Payton Simmons — this spring.
Kayhi battled along the boards during Friday’s contest, grabbing 23 rebounds to West Anchorage’s 28.
Seven different Lady Kings tallied rebounds, including Madison Rose (7), Dyllan Borer (6), Lianne Guevarra (4) and Shaelynn Mendoza (3). Huffine, Jenae Rhoads and Nadire Zhuta all grabbed one.
Kayhi: Lianne Guevarra, 16, Ashley Huffine, 12; Madison Rose, 9. West Anchorage: Kayzee Galloway-Davis, 19; Gillian Huss, 8; Naialani Felix, 7; Sunny Pedebone, 5; Kirsten Mueller, 5; Avalua Lauaki, 4; Nyeniea John, 4; Aulona Ljena, 2; Juliette Adlawan, 2.