KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School basketball programs finished their trip to Juneau this weekend, in which the Kings and Lady Kings played four games in four days. The varsity and junior varsity squads each played two games apiece against their counterparts at Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools.
Both Kings’ programs fell to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Saturday. The varsity squad lost 74-58 and JV was on the wrong end of a 60-56 final.
The Lady Kings’ varsity team lost 38-34 to the Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons, but the junior varsity squad won 37-27 over Thunder Mountain.
Kayhi returned home on Sunday, and will have a few days of practice before hosting Sitka High School on Friday and Saturday.
Here are the game recaps:
Crimson Bears 74, Kings 58
The 74-58 final wasn’t what the Kings had hoped for, as they finished their four-game trip to Juneau on Saturday.
But dropping the final game against Juneau-Douglas wasn’t because of a lack of effort or not competing, and head coach Eric Stockhausen knew that.
“Four games in four days, this early in the season, against conference opponents ... with the young legs is something that you’d have to train for, and in seven days (of practice) — I think we’ve been doing a lot of things to get ready for the season — but it doesn’t compare to four 23-minute Juneau(-Douglas), Thunder Mountain games,” he said. “...Tonight, we just didn’t have the legs. But we definitely had effort.”
Time and time again, the Kings kept fighting against the older, stronger Crimson Bears.
Down by 10 after the first quarter, 21-12, Kayhi rallied to cut the deficit to six at the half, 37-31.
And after falling behind 63-43 in the third quarter, the Kings went on a 9-2 run in the final frame, helped along by Tyler Slick and JJ Parker, before ultimately falling to the 74-58 final.
“We settled a little bit on our jump shot, and when you don’t have legs, that’s a little tougher,” Stockhausen said. “But the fight was there; the battle was there.”
Parker finished the game with a team-high 17 points. Slick and Clayton Olstad also finished the game in double digits. Olstad hit a dozen points, and Slick knocked in 11.
Saturday’s game was the first time this season that three different Kings scored double figures.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our kids,” Stockhausen said. “I think we’re all cautiously optimistic of where we can go from here. ... What little we’ve been able to teach (in seven days), we have confidence that we’re going to get better at it and it’s going to lead to exciting basketball and competitive basketball.”
Kayhi: JJ Parker 17; Clayton Olstad 12; Tyler Slick 11; Kylar Charles 7; Joeben Lorenzo 6; Archie Dundas 3; Josh Rhoads 2.
Juneau-Douglas: Cooper Kriegmont 23; Brock McCormick 21; Lope Elizarde 9; Malakai Nichols 9; Garrett Bryant 8; Porter Nelson 3; Alwen Carrillo 1.
Lady Falcons 38, Lady Kings 34
The Lady Kings and Lady Falcons kept pace with each other on Saturday, as neither team was able to pull too far away from the other.
In the end, Thunder Mountain was ahead 38-34, splitting the two-game series with Kayhi. The Lady Kings won 36-35 on Friday.
The Lady Kings carried leads — albeit by slim margins — in the first half. Kayhi led 10-7 after the first quarter and 19-17 at intermission. And the game remained a one-possession battle in the second half, as Thunder Mountain jumped out on top in the third quarter, 26-25.
After a 3-pointer by Thunder Mountain to start the fourth quarter made it 29-25, Kayhi’s Lindsay Byron and Jenae Rhoads connected to inch the Lady Kings closer, 29-27, and Paige Boehlert got a lucky roll on Kayhi’s next possession, to tie the game at 29.
But Thunder Mountain’s Riley Traxler would hit a layup midway through the frame, giving the Lady Falcons a 31-29 lead, and Thunder Mountain stayed ahead the rest of the game.
Kayhi: Shaelyn Mendoza 10; Lindsay Byron 6; Bree Johnson 6; Hayley Gilson 4; Jenae Rhoads 4; Paige Boehlert 2; Gabby Mas 2.
Thunder Mountain: S. Strong 8; A. Kreischer 6; I. Brewer 6; K. Garcia 4 A. Gates 3; R. Traxler 3; M. Tuavasa 2; N. Garcia 2; G. Sikes 2.
JV Crimson Bears 60, JV Kings 56
After each of the first three quarters, the JV Kings held leads against JV Crimson Bears — 24-13 after one, 38-29 after two, and 44-42 after three.
But the fourth fell in favor of Juneau-Douglas, and when the final buzzer sounded, the JV Crimson Bears were ahead 60-56.
Kayhi’s RC Lorenzo and Jared Rhoads had the hot hands in the early-going. Lorenzo knocked down a pair of threes, and Rhoads scored 10 points in the first eight minutes, helping the JV Kings to their 24-13 lead after the first quarter.
Rhoads finished the game with 19 points, and Lorenzo had eight in the contest. Andrew Kleinschmidt also hit six of his 12 points in the first frame for the JV Kings.
But after carrying a 38-29 lead at the break, the JV Kings started to see their lead evaporate.
Juneau-Douglas’ Rae Razor had a nine-point third quarter, and finished the game with 19. And the JV Crimson Bears’ Kai Hargrave scored 10 of his 12 points in the final frame, inching Juneau-Douglas ahead to the 60-56 final.
JV Scoring Line
Kayhi: Jared Rhoads 19; Andrew Kleinschmidt 12; Archie Dundas 9; RC Lorenzo 8; Kyan Scudero 7; Bubba Williams 1.
Juneau-Douglas: Rae Razor 19; Kai Hargrave 12; Porter Nelson 7; Ben Coutu 6; Orion Dybdahl 6; Jake Sleppy 4; Alwen Carrillo 4; Tias Carney 2.
JV Lady Kings 37, JV Lady Falcons 27
It took a few minutes for the JV Lady Kings to find their groove on Saturday. But once they did, Kayhi rolled to a 37-27 win over Thunder Mountain.
Averaging just a point a minute, Kayhi carried a slim 8-7 lead over the JV Lady Falcons after the first quarter. But once the second frame rolled around, the JV Lady Kings began to spread the gap, and Kayhi carried a 24-11 lead at the half.
Kayhi’s Hya Bondoc scored seven of her team-leading nine points in the second quarter — all nine points came in the first half.
The JV Lady Kings’ Hayley Gilson and Rachelle Biggs also got on the board, as Gilson scored four and Biggs tapped in two before the break.
Both Gilson and Biggs knocked in buckets in the third quarter, and Ira Magno scored the team’s only 3-pointer of the game in the third frame, giving Kayhi a 36-21 lead entering the fourth quarter, and Kayhi hung on for the victory.
JV Scoring Line
Kayhi: Hya Bondoc 9; Hayley Gilson 8; Rachelle Biggs 6; Ira Magno 5; Chelsea Johnson 4; Johanna Werth 4; Tracilee Denny 1.
Thunder Mountain: Jaya C. 9; Jo P. 9; Olissa O. 5; Kaidre H. 2; Kara S. 2.
*All game stats courtesy of the official scorebook.