Lindsay Byron and Jenae Rhoads

The Lady Kings’ Lindsay Byron (21) and Jenae Rhoads (33) defend against the Palmer High School Lady Moose during a game on Dec. 21, 2019 inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. The duo combined for nearly half of the Lady Kings’ 41 points on Friday against Sitka High School, tallying 19 between them. The Lady Kings beat the Sitka Lady Wolves 41-37. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

It was a clean sweep for the Ketchikan High School varsity basketball teams on Friday, as both the Kings and Lady Kings beat their counterparts from Sitka High School.

The Kings cruised past the Wolves 71-39. The Lady Kings finished the evening with a 41-37 win over the Lady Wolves.

The two teams will meet again inside Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium on Saturday. The Lady Kings will tipoff at 5:45 p.m., and the Kings will follow at 7:15 p.m.

Here are the game recaps:

Kings 71, Wolves 39

Sitka matched Kayhi for the first eight minutes on Friday, carrying a 20-19 lead after the first quarter. But once the Kings found their groove, Kayhi began to break away from the Wolves, and the Kings held a 38-24 lead at the half.

Kayhi outscored Sitka 19-4 in the second quarter. Clayton Olstad bumped the Kings in front, 21-19, a minute into the frame, and Kayhi never looked back. The Kings won 71-39.

The Kings’ Tyler Slick scored all 15 of his points in the first half, draining one 3-pointer after another to help get the Kings’ offense rolling in the first quarter. Kayhi hit four threes in a row to start the game — three of them by Slick.

Olstad also hit a 3-pointer in that run. He finished the game with 16 points.

Kylar Charles also hit double figures, finishing the game with 13 points. He drained a pair of threes, as well. Five different Kings hit shots from beyond the arc.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: Clayton Olstad 16; Tyler Slick 15; Kylar Charles 13; JJ Parker 6; Archie Dundas 6; Bubba Williams 4; RC Lorenzo 3; Joeben Lorenzo 2; Andrew Kleinschmidt 2; Josh Rhoads 2; Zach Hanchey 2.

Sitka: Joe Harris 13; Shane Webb 12; Ryan Bartlett 7; Wes Urias 4; Jemar Diga 3.

Lady Kings 41, Lady Wolves 37

Before Sitka was able to put any points on the board, the Lady Kings had already built a 13-0 lead. But as it turned out, Kayhi needed that baker’s dozen — and then some — to stay ahead of the Lady Wolves.

 The Lady Kings’ Jenae Rhoads, Bree Johnson and Paige Boehlert all helped Kayhi build that 13-0 lead in the first quarter, and Kayhi led 18-6 after the first eight minutes. But then Sitka began to battle back.

Kayhi could only muster one bucket in the second quarter. Gabby Mas knocked it in at the 5:20 mark, giving the Lady Kings a 20-8 lead. But that was Kayhi’s last bucket for seven minutes.

Lindsay Byron hit a shot at the 6:20 mark in the third quarter, but by that time Sitka had climbed back to make it a one possession game. For nearly a quarter and half, the Lady Wolves went on a 16-4 run, knotting the game at 22 apiece.

From there, the Lady Kings and Lady Wolves traded baskets. It wasn’t until Shaelyn Mendoza hit a 3-pointer at the 2:15 mark in the third quarter that the Lady Kings started to give themselves some breathing room.

Mendoza’s 3-pointer made it 29-26, and Kayhi was able to stay in front from then on, eventually winning 41-37.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: Jenae Rhoads 13; Bree Johnson 8; Shaelyn Mendoza 7; Lindsay Byron 6; Paige Boehlert 5; Gabby Mas 2.

Sitka: Tawny Smith 9; Chloe Morrison 9; Jocelyn Brady 8; Naia Nelson 6; Makenna Smith 4; Ava Brady 1.

JV Kings 54, JV Wolves 41

After trailing 11-8 after the first quarter, the JV Kings were able to rally back en route to a 54-41 win over the JV Wolves on Friday.

Kayhi’s Andrew Kleinschmidt and Archie Dundas both knocked in double figures, scoring 14 and 13, respectively.

The JV Kings started to climb back in the second quarter, only trailing by one at the half, 25-24. And Kayhi continued to roll in the second half, outscoring Sitka 30-16 in the final two quarters.

The JV Kings hit 10 3-pointers — six of which came after the break.

Dundas hit four from behind the arc, and Kleinschmidt drained three threes. Jack Zink, Kyan Scudero and Pehja Hudson also hit 3-pointers.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: Andrew Kleinschmidt 14; Archie Dundas 13; Jack Zink 8; Jared Rhoads 7; Kyan Scudero 5; Pehja Hudson 3; Bubba Williams 2; Brayden Gentry 2.

Sitka: Angelo Elefante 6; Jaden Costello 6; Jason Young 6; Gaige Rosas 6; Josh Antolin 5; Nick Calhoun 4; Dylan Crenna 4; Stephen Harmon 2; Ben Turner 2.

JV Lady Wolves 37, JV Lady Kings 23

Both the JV Lady Kings and JV Lady Wolves had a double-digit scorer on Friday. But in the end Sitka stayed ahead of Kayhi, 37-23.

The JV Lady Kings’ Hya Bondoc knocked in 11 points, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line. But the JV Lady Wolves’ Ava Brady and her teammates never let their foot off the gas pedal.

Sitka carried a 13-5 lead after the first quarter, as Bondoc was the only scorer for Kayhi in the first eight minutes.

Brady, along with Michele Winger, Maitlin Young and Naia Nelson, scored for Sitka in the first quarter. Brady finished the game with 10 points.

The JV Lady Wolves carried a 21-9 lead at the half, and outscored Kayhi 16-14 in the final two frames.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: Hya Bondoc 11; Hayley Gilson 5; Johanna Werth 5; Abby Davies 2.

Sitka: Ava Brady 10; Adriana Denkinger 6; Naia Nelson 6; Kanen Alley-Jarquin 4; Maitlin Young 4; Michele Winger 3; Dalila Callahan 2; Mackenzie Hemminger 2.

*All stats courtesy of the official scorebook.

First varsity scores

Within the span of two and a half minutes, the Kings’ Andrew Kleinschmidt, Bubba Williams and RC Lorenzo all scored their first varsity points on Friday.

Kleinschmidt hit a basket with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter, to give Kayhi a 58-34 lead over Sitka.

One minute later, Bubba Williams laid it in to push the Kings to the 60-point plateau, 60-36.

A minute and a half later, Lorenzo drained a three from the top of the key.

Williams scored another shot in the final minute of play, bumping the Kings above 70 points for the first time this season. The Kings won 71-39.

All three are freshman, and played in the junior varsity’s 54-41 win earlier in the evening.

Junior varsity player Archie Dundas — who drained a pair of threes in the same timespan, as Kayhi finished the game on a 19-5 run — knocked in his first varsity points during the Kings’ trip to Juneau last week. Freshman Jared Rhoads also scored his first varsity points during the same roadtrip.

Double figures, double the fun

In the first five games of the season, the Kings have had five different players score double figures.

Kayhi senior Kylar Charles became the fifth different King to do so on Friday night, scoring 13. He also was one of only two Kings to score in all four frames Friday night, as Clayton Olstad did the same.

Olstad also hit double figures, scoring 16 on Friday. He knocked in 23 points in a victory over Thunder Mountain High School on Jan. 21.

Along with Charles and Olstad, the Kings’ Tyler Slick, Josh Rhoads and JJ Parker have all finished games in double figures.

Jenae hits double digits — again

For the third time in five games, Ketchikan High School junior Jenae Rhoads hit double digits, scoring 13 in Kayhi’s 41-37 win over Sitka on Friday. Rhoads had a dozen points in the Lady Kings’ first two games this season — both victories against Juneau-Douglas High School.

Rhoads has scored 45 points in the young season.

Bree for three

Ketchikan High School freshman Bree Johnson has nearly been money from long range this season, knocking down seven 3-pointers in the first five games of her high school career.

Johnson drained a deep three just before the buzzer to end the first quarter against Sitka on Friday night, giving the Lady Kings an 18-6 lead after the first eight minutes. Johnson had hit a 3-pointer earlier in the quarter, and finished the game with a pair of threes.

Tickets required to enter

Only those with pre-arranged tickets will be allowed into Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium this weekend. Each participant within the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs, Kayhi cheerleading squad and K-Highlites dance team was allowed two tickets to give out, in order to keep the number of spectators inside the gymnasium to a manageable level for social distancing.

There will be temperature checks and health questionnaires to answer when spectators enter through the front door at Kayhi, and appropriate face coverings must be worn while inside the building.

Concessions won’t be available, but there will be vending machines.

Games will be broadcast

Both the girls’ and boys’ games will be livestreamed on, and will be on KTKN radio.