KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School basketball programs started their two-game series with Thunder Mountain High School on Wednesday.
Both boys’ and girls’ varsity and junior varsity squads hosted their counterparts at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, and they’ll do the same on Thursday, as well.
The Kings’ varsity team narrowly beat the Falcons, 65-64. The JV Kings won over the JV Falcons 65-57.
The Lady Kings’ varsity team hung on for the victory over the Lady Falcons, 60-55, and the JV Lady Kings fell 43-33 to the JV Lady Falcons.
The two schools will go head-to-head once more on Thursday, with the JV Lady Kings starting the action at 2 p.m. The Lady Kings’ varsity squad will follow, in a rare afternoon game, tipping off at 3:45 p.m.
The JV Kings will jump start the boys’ action at 5:30 p.m., and the Kings and Falcons varsity teams will lock up at 7:30 p.m.
The Kings will have their senior night festivities at 7 p.m., in which they’ll honor Tyler Slick, Josh Gentry and Kylar Charles.
Just like Wednesday, a limited number of spectators will be allowed inside Kayhi during Thursday’s games, although no spectators will be allowed in the building for the JV Lady Kings’ game at 2 p.m. because school will still be in session.
Spectators may enter for the girls’ varsity game at 3:45 p.m., but only those with a ticket may enter.
Partcipants are allotted a limited number of tickets to pass out, helping keep the number of people inside Kayhi and Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium to a manageable level during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Games will be livestreamed at kgbsd.org/live, and will be on KTKN radio.
Here are game recaps from Wednesday’s matchups against Thunder Mountain:
Kings 65, Falcons 64
Offensively, the Kings didn’t have their greatest fourth quarter Wednesday night, scoring just four points in the final eight minutes.
But offensively, it was just enough.
The Kings beat the Falcons 65-64, despite being outscored 26-25 in the second half. Thunder Mountain scored 15 in the fourth quarter.
Kayhi’s JJ Parker led the Kings with 16 points, splitting them evenly between halves.
The Kings had four double-digit scorers, as Josh Rhoads, Clayton Olstad and Josh Gentry all knocked in double figures.
Rhoads scored 14, and both Gentry and Olstad knocked in 13 apiece.
Gentry netted three 3-pointers — all of them in the first half. The Kings led 40-38 at the break.
Olstad scored all 13 of his in the first half, and Rhoads knocked in buckets in the final three quarters.
The Falcons’ Thomas Baxter scored 27 points, including seven 3-pointers.
Kayhi: JJ Parker 16; Josh Rhoads 14; Clayton Olstad 13; Josh Gentry 13; Joeben Lorenzo 7; Tyler Slick 2.
Thunder Mountain: Thomas Baxter 27; Meki Toutaolepi 18; Wallace Adams 6; Samuel Lockhart 6; Oliver Mendoza 3; Isaiah Nelson 2; Levi Traxler 2.
Lady Kings 60, Lady Falcons 55
Kayhi’s Hya Bondoc scored only four points on Wednesday. But she sure made her four tallies count.
Bondoc swished four free throws with less than a minute left in the game, to stretch the Lady Kings’ lead over the Lady Falcons, making a three-point game, a seven-point game.
And those freebies all but sealed the deal for Kayhi, as the Lady Kings won 60-55.
Kayhi’s Shaelyn Mendoza led all scorers with 20 points, going 9-of-11 from the free throw line, and hitting a 3-pointer in the second quarter.
The Lady Kings’ Lindsay Byron and Jenae Rhoads hit double figures, scoring 15 and 13, respectively. Byron and Rhoads also hit 3-pointers.
The trio’s deep shots were the only three 3-pointers the Lady Kings scored.
The Lady Falcons’ Avery Kreischer hit three 3-pointers all by herself, knocking down two in the first quarter and one more in the fourth. Kreischer finished the game with 14 points.
Thunder Mountain’s Riley Traxler led the Lady Falcons with 19 points.
The two teams went back and forth in the early-going, before Kayhi began to pull away, carrying a 17-10 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Kings extended that to a 29-17 lead at the half.
The Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Kings 38-31 in the second half, as Traxler went on a tear, scoring 15 of her 19 points in the last two quarters.
But the Lady Kings stayed steady, never relinquishing the lead.
Thunder Mountain and Kayhi combined to shoot 48 free throws, and the two teams hit 33 of them.
Kayhi: Shaelyn Mendoza 20; Lindsay Byron 15; Jenae Rhoads 13; Bree Johnson 4; Hya Bondoc 4; Gabby Mas 2; Paige Boehlert 2.
Thunder Mountain: Riley Traxler 19; Avery Kreischer 14; Mariah Tunavasa 7; Sydney Strong 5; Mary Kaye Garcia 4; Layah Brewer 4; Ashlyn Gates 1.
JV Kings 65, JV Falcons 57
The JV Kings jumped out to an early 22-14 lead in the first quarter, and stayed ahead of the JV Falcons the rest of the way, winning 65-57.
The JV Kings carried a 36-27 lead at the half, and 49-38 lead after three quarters.
Kayhi: Andrew Kleinschmidt 18; RC Lorenzo 12; Jared Rhoads 11; Archie Dundas 8; Jack Zink 5; Kyan Scudero 4; Brayden Gentry 3; Bubba Williams 2; Pejha Hudson 2.
Thunder Mountain: Sam Lockhart 20; MJ Tupou 12; Noah Chambers 6; Matt Hartsock 4; Levi Traxler 3; Lance Nierra 3; K. Eppers 3; Matt Johns 2; TJ Guevarra 2; Owen Adams 2.
JV Lady Falcons 43, JV Lady Kings 33
The JV Lady Kings were behind 10-9 after one quarter, but as the game continued, the JV Lady Falcons kept spreading the gap en route to their 43-33 win over Kayhi.
Kayhi: Hayley Gilson 11; Hya Bondoc 7; Monique Clevenger 6; Johanna Werth 4; Elly Pickerell 2; Alex Anderson 2; Ira Magno 1.
Thunder Mountain: Ashlyn Gates 11; Grace Sikes 11; Kaidree Hartman 10; Kara Strong 4; Jaya Caradang 2; Mackenzie Grey 2; Nicole Bolanos 2; Jenna Dobson 1.
*All stats courtesy of the official scorebook.