KETCHIKAN (KDN) — There were just five lead changes between the Klawock High School Chieftains and the Ketchikan High School JV Lady Kings on Wednesday night — and all five happened in the final 8½ minutes.
For nearly three quarters, Klawock kept its foot on the gas pedal, holding a lead over Ketchikan. But a 3-pointer from Kayhi’s Ira Magno, with 30 seconds left in the third frame, bumped the JV Lady Kings in front, 29-28, and the two teams were off to the races entering the final quarter inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
Kayhi outscored Klawock 6-4 the rest of the way, and the JV Lady Kings won 35-32.
The Chieftains opened the game jumping out to a 6-0 lead, and Klawock led 10-4 after the first quarter.
The Chieftains’ Kenai Holien scored four of her game-high 16 points in the opening frame. McKinly Holien, Zoey Edenshaw and Kaiga Marvin also scored in the quarter, helping Klawock to its early lead. But from there, Kayhi started to claw its way back.
The JV Lady Kings outscored Klawock 13-8 in the second quarter, and only trailed by one at the half, 18-17.
A pair of free throws from Kayhi’s Johanna Werth and a bucket by Hayley Gilson accounted for Kayhi’s only offense in the first quarter. But the JV Lady Kings’ Hya Bondoc, Gabby Mas, along with Magno, Gilson and Werth all scored in the second frame, and Kayhi continued to roll along after the break.
Kayhi knocked in a dozen in the third quarter — including Magno’s three. And Klawock couldn’t hang on to the lead it had built.
Kenai Holien accounted for all four of the Chieftains’ points in the fourth quarter, as she traded buckets with Bondoc on Kayhi’s end. The baskets bounced lead changes back and forth between the two teams.
Magno hit a shot with 11 seconds left to give the JV Lady Kings a little breathing room, and that proved to seal the deal.
Notes: The two teams will meet once more, with a midday matchup on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans will not be allowed, however, as the Ketchikan School District is operating under its ‘medium’ risk level for the novel coronavirus.
Kayhi: Hayley Gilson 9; Hya Bondoc 8; Ira Magno 8; Gabby Mas 6; Johanna Werth 4.
Klawock: Kenai Holien 16; Kaiga Marvin 8; Zoey Edenshaw 4; McKinly Holien 2; Lea Armour 2.
*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.