Gabby Mas shoots against Momoe Togagae

Ketchikan High School senior Gabby Mas shoots against Valdez High School sophomore Momoe Togagae during the semifinals of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic on Wednesday at Kayhi. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The second day of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic basketball tournament saw the Kayhi Lady Kings and Palmer Lady Moose qualify for the tournament’s championship game, which is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s matchups in the tournament’s girls’ bracket.

Kayhi Lady Kings 60

Valdez Lady Buccaneers 26

The Kayhi Lady Kings opened their game against the Valdez Lady Buccaneers with aggressive defense and strong inside offense from Lindsay Byron and Jenae Rhoads. It wrapped the game up with the same stingy defense coupled with the quick offense and sharp free throw shooting of Shaelyn Mendoza and Hya Bondoc.

Kayhi was relentless on defense, exhibited in part by about 28 turnovers by Valdez during the course of the game compared to less than half that number by Kayhi.

The Lady Kings opened with 14 points in the first quarter and 15 in the second, powered by 12 points in the half by Byron and nine by Rhoads.

Kayhi owned a 29-9 lead going into the third quarter, which was a showcase for Mendoza. The sophomore guard had 10 of her game-high 17 points in the quarter on a combination of taking turnovers to the basket, converting plus-one opportunities and hitting the regular free throw.

Mendoza added another six points in the fourth quarter, with a variety of Lady Kings  adding to the comfortable 60-26 final score.

Valdez had a 12-point boost on offense by senior guard Kylie Gilbert. Gilbert and senior guard Lucy Selanoff had the Lady Buccaneers’ sole 3-pointers in the contest, with one apiece.  

With the win, the Lady Kings will face the Palmer Lady Moose for the tournament championship at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Scoring Line

Kayhi Lady Kings: Shaelyn Mendoza, 17; Lindsay Byron, 14; Jenae Rhoads, 13; Hya Bondoc, 7; Bree Johnson, 3; Gabby Mas, 3; Lily Detienne, 3.

Valdez Lady Buccaneers: Kylie Gilbert, 12; Lucy Selanoff, 7; Momoe Tagagae, 3; Carsyn Hinkle, 2; Kelsey Prax, 2.

 Palmer Lady Moose 60

 Homer Lady Mariners 34

The Homer Lady Mariners had some good moments — including an 18-point third quarter — but not enough to catch the Palmer Lady Moose on Wednesday.

Palmer came out firing and, having opened up a 10-point lead in the first three minutes, never looked back in recording the 60-34 win.

Homer did its best to keep the game within 10 points all the way up to the end of the third quarter, when Palmer continued its scoring pace while limiting the Lady Mariners to just three points in the final quarter.

Palmer senior Alyssa Clark paced the Lady Moose with 17 points (11 in the third quarter), while Homer sophomore Syndey Shelby led the Lady Mariners with 11 points (eight in the third quarter).

Scoring Line

Palmer Lady Moose:  Alyssa Clark, 17; Livia Solis, 13; Kinzey Hutchings, 8; Larkin Christiansen, 7; Diana Lane, 6; Grace Pickett, 4; Zoe Patton-Meyer, 3; Majia Huckabay, 2 .

Homer Lady Mariners: Sydney Shelby, 11; Delilah Harris, 8; Bethany Engebretsen, 4; Mel Morris, 4; Hannah Stonerov, 4; Kaylin Anderson, 3.  

Petersburg Lady Vikings 36 Hutchison Lady Hawks 31

This see-saw of a game ultimately saw the Lady Vikings come from behind late in the fourth quarter to pull off the 36-31 victory over the Hutchison Lady Hawks.

The Lady Hawks, playing in their first game of the tournament after their arrival to Ketchikan was delayed by bad weather, played even with Petersburg in the first quarter before taking a 21-16 lead by halftime.

Petersburg’s Ines Larson, who scored eight points in the first quarter, sat out portions of the second and third quarters before returning to add another four points in the third.

Trailing 25-21 going into the final frame, Petersburg slowly caught up to the Lady Hawks and evened the score at 33-31 with a bit more than two minutes remaining. A bucket by Adara Curtiss put the Lady Vikings up by two points and a free throw by Anya Pawuk with nine seconds on the clock sealed the win.

 Hutchison’s scoring was led by senior foward Kayla Leu-Clark.

Scoring Line

Petersburg Lady Vikings: Ines Larson, 20; Anya Pawuk, 13; Adara Curtiss, 2; Eleanor Kandoll, 2; Iris Case, 1.

Hutchison Lady Hawks: Kayla Leu-Clark, 15; Grace Ewan, 11; Kassie Petersen, 2; Bella Marks, 2; Esme Peschke, 1.

Metlakatla Miss Chiefs 46

 Kayhi Lady Kings JV 17  

Metlakatla’s Riley Booth put the Miss Chiefs on the scoreboard first Wednesday morning, and three more Metlakatla players added to the first-quarter tally as the team rolled out to an 11-6 lead over the Kayhi Lady Kings JV squad.

Metlakatla never looked back thereafter. Booth went on to post a game high 14 points in the game, with all but one Miss Chief scoring during the 46-17 win over Kayhi.

The Lady Kings had difficulty finding an offensive rhythm and missed some early free-throw opportunities. Molly Sivertsen led the Lady Kings JV with eight points, with Lilly Goodwin contributing another four points.

Scoring Line

Metlakatla Miss Chiefs: Ryley Booth, 14; Alysia Nelson Boyd, 8; Chloe Guthrie, 7; Sarai Buffalo, 6;  Bree Chavez, 4; Pyper Booth, 3; Ava Peratrovich, 2;  Athena Jordan, 2 .

Kayhi Lady Kings JV: Molly Sivertsen, 8; Lily Goodwin, 4; Isabella Whisenant, 2; Carol Frey, 2; Shyla Abajian, 1.

Girls Thursday Schedule

9 a.m. Kayhi JV v. Hutchison (7th/8th place game)

12:30 p.m. Metlakatla v. Petersburg (4th/6th place game)

4 p.m. Homer v. Valdez (3rd/5th place game)

7:30 p.m. Kayhi v. Palmer (Championship game)