KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School Lady Kings certainly had their opportunities against Sitka High School on Thursday evening.
The two varsity squads went toe-to-toe inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, with the Lady Wolves ultimately winning 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-12). But Kayhi gave Sitka a run for their money in the first set, and the first half of the second set, before the Lady Wolves ran away with the shutout victory.
The two teams bounced points back and forth in the first set.
Sitka carried a brief 16-13 lead, but Kayhi battled back with the help of Bree Johnson and Alli Thomas. The duo gave Ketchikan a 17-16 lead midway through the opening set.
The older Sitka squad rallied back, however, and outscored the Lady Kings 9-2 the rest of the way, en route to its 25-19 win.
The Lady Wolves are upperclass-heavy, with six seniors listed on roster, as well as four juniors; Kayhi has just two seniors and three juniors, and that experience loomed large as the evening wore on.
The Lady Kings kept their energy up early in the second set, staying a point ahead of Sitka through the first half of the frame. Every time the Lady Wolves had possession, a Lady King was in the right spot at the right time to take possession back.
After a quick 1-1 tie, Kayhi’s Reilly McCue saved a volley with a low bump to edge the Lady Kings ahead 2-1 in the second set. A hard hit from Johnson gave Kayhi possession, and a 5-3 lead, a couple volleys later.
Kayhi’s Lindsay Byron hammered the ball down to give the Lady Kings a 6-5 lead. And Thomas, as well as Jenae Rhoads, did the same.
Thomas’ hit gave Kayhi an 8-7 lead, and Rhoads drove the ball down, giving the Lady Kings a 10-8 lead.
But Sitka did as it had done before, rallying back to win the set 25-16. The Lady Wolves won the third set 25-12.
The Lady Kings’ and Lady Wolves’ varsity squads will go head-to-head once more at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Halloween Eve matchup will be the Lady Kings’ second game of the day.
A pair of junior varsity games will begin Friday’s action during the school day, during which spectators will not be allowed. Kayhi’s varsity game against Mt. Edgecumbe at 1:45 p.m. Friday will allow for spectators.
Only persons carrying a ticket will be allowed into Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. A limited number of tickets will be available at the front door of Kayhi, free of charge.
Kayhi will have a rematch against Mt. Edgecumbe at 7 p.m. on Saturday.