The Ketchikan High School Lady Kings didn’t go down without a fight. But it took three and a half quarters before they started battling.
Ketchikan trailed the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears 9-5 after one quarter on Friday night at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, and that deficit slipped to 20-12 by the half.
Ketchikan: Lianne Guevarra 14; Shaelyn Mendoza 9; Nadire Zhuta 5; Jenae Rhoads 5; Madison Rose 4; Paige Boehlert 1.
Juneau-Douglas: Kiana Potter 12; Trinity Jackson 10; Sadie Tuckwood 9; Ashley Laudret 4; Jenae Pusich 2; Skylar Tuckwood 2; Rebekah Grube 2.
*Stats courtesy of official scorebook.
Ketchikan JV falls 45-26
Right out of the gate, the Crimson Bears’ JV squad jumped out to an early lead over the Lady Kings’ JV team, and Juneau-Douglas never looked back, as the visiting squad won 45-26.
Juneau-Douglas’ Skylar Tuckwood scored all nine of the Crimson Bears’ points in the first quarter, as Juneau-Douglas had a 9-3 lead after the first eight minutes.
Ketchikan inched closer by the half, 15-13, but still trailed by two.
The Lady Kings’ Delaney Ingman led Ketchikan with nine points.
Tuckwood finished the game with 11 points.
Lily Eddy leads C squad to 32-31 win
It took a few minutes for the Lady Kings’ C squad to find its groove — 24 minutes, actually.
But down 26-18 after three quarters, Ketchikan’s C team lit up the scoreboard.
The Lady Kings’ scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, and came from behind to grab a 32-31 win over the Crimson Bears’ C squad.
Ketchikan’s Lily Eddy was the lone Lady King to score in each quarter. She finished the game with 11 points.
Eddy knocked in Ketchikan’s only two points in the first frame. Juneau-Douglas carried a 7-2 lead into the second quarter, and had a 17-13 at the half.
But the Lady Kings’ C squad outscored Juneau-Douglas 18-14 in the second half for the victory.
Ketchikan’s McKenna Sutton scored seven of the Lady Kings’ 32 points, and went 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
As a team, the Lady Kings’ C squad hit 44% of their freebies.
Saturday’s senior night
The Lady Kings will honor seniors Nadire Zhuta, Lianne Guevarra and Madison Rose before the 7:15 p.m. tipoff on Saturday. All three have played vital roles for the Lady Kings’ basketball program since they were freshmen, and have helped lead Ketchikan to Region V titles every season they’ve worn the maroon and while uniforms.
Three squads battle Saturday
The C teams will start Saturday’s action at 4 p.m. at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, followed by the JV squads at 5:30 p.m.
The varsity teams will play at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Juneau’s Kendyl Carson scratched
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears’ senior leader Kendyl Carson was in street clothes on Friday, but cheered on her teammates from the bench.
Carson signed a full ride scholarship to play basketball at Pepperdine University earlier this season.
Madison Rose is a gamer
The Lady Kings’ senior Madison Rose would not be denied to play in her final set of home games in front of the First City faithful at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium this weekend.
Despite a nagging injury, Rose played a key role in the Lady Kings’ comeback in the second half on Friday.