KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan High School basketball programs continued their stretch of games in the capital city on Friday.
The Kings and Lady Kings passed each other on the roadway in Juneau, trading opponents.
After two games against Thunder Mountain High School on Wednesday and Thursday, the Kings went head-to-head against the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears.
Likewise, the Lady Kings bounced across town to Thunder Mountain after playing two games against Juneau-Douglas.
Both the Kings’ varsity and JV teams battled Juneau-Douglas, but came up on the losing ends, 68-66 and 65-50, respectively.
The Lady Kings’ varsity and JV squads beat Thunder Mountain, winning 36-35 and 49-28, respectivley.
All four teams will do it again on Saturday, with the JV Kings and JV Lady Kings starting the action at 5 p.m. The varsity squads will start at 7 p.m.
Thunder Mountain will livestream the girls’ games on its TMHS Activities Facebook page.
Juneau-Douglas will livestream the boys’ games on its JDHS Activities Facebook page.
Here are game recaps:
Crimson Bears 68, Kings 66
Kayhi head coach Eric Stockhausen repeated several times how proud he was of his Kings after their 68-66 loss to Juneau-Douglas on Friday — and how excited he is for what the future holds.
“I don’t think any group has endeared themselves to me quicker than this group has,” he said. “... For us to compete against a physically bigger group, with five starting seniors, I’m very proud of (our kids), and we’re just going to get better.”
Juneau-Douglas senior Cooper Kriegmont was pretty much unstoppable on Friday, as he scored 31 of the Crimson Bears’ 68 points. Juneau-Douglas senior Brock McCormick also tapped in 16.
But the Kings competed, giving themselves an attempt at a game-winning shot in the final seconds. Archie Dundas’ 3-point shot was partially blocked, and fell short at the buzzer.
“I’m thrilled to have been part of a really good basketball game,” Stockhausen said. “... Everything we’re going through is a learning (experience).”
For the second straight night, Kayhi had a player score 23 points. Tyler Slick hit the mark on Friday, just 24 hours after Clayton Olstad did it in Thursday’s 61-33 win over Thunder Mountain.
It is the third consecutive night a Kings’ player has scored at least 20 points. Kayhi’s Josh Rhoads knocked in 20 points during Wednesday’s 54-52 loss to the Falcons.
Kayhi: Tyler Slick 23; Josh Rhoads 15; JJ Parker 8; Clayton Olstad 7; Joeben Lorenzo 5; Zach Hanchey 5; Kylar Charles 3.
Juneau-Douglas: Cooper Kriegmont 31; Brock McCormick 16; Lope Elizarde 8; Garrett Bryant 7; Tias Carney 2; Porter Nelson 2; Malakai Nichols 2.
Lady Kings 36, Lady Falcons 35
It was a battle of halves on Friday between the Lady Kings and Lady Falcons. And fortunately for Kayhi, the Lady Falcons couldn’t creep past the Lady Kings.
Ultimately, Kayhi won 36-35, improving to 3-0 this season. But at one point, the Lady Kings had a 14-point lead.
Kayhi jumped out to a 12-11 lead after the first quarter, and carried a 21-16 lead at the half.
But Thunder Mountain began to make it closer in the second half, and finished the game by outscoring Kayhi 13-2 in the fourth quarter. But the Lady Kings’ early offense was just enough to hang on for victory.
Kayhi’s Paige Boehlert drained a pair of threes — one in the first quarter and one in the third. Lindsay Byron also hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter.
Boehlert led the Lady Kings with 12 points.
Kayhi: Paige Boehlert 12; Hya Bondoc 6; Bree Johnson 4; Gabby Mas 4; Jenae Rhoads 4; Shaelyn Mendoza 3; Lindsay Byron 3.
Thunder Mountain: Avery Kreischer 15; Sydney Strong 6; Iayanah Brewer 4; Ashleyn Gates 3; M. Tunavasa 2; Riley Traxler 2; Sara Dilley 2; Gracie Sikes 1.
JV Crimson Bears 65, JV Kings 50
After the first eight minutes, the JV Kings led by a slim margin over the JV Crimson Bears, 14-13.
But from there, Juneau-Douglas’ JV squad started to run away with it, leading 39-29 at the break, ultimately winning 65-50.
The JV Kings had a pair of double-digit scorers, as RC Lorenzo and Jared Rhoads knocked in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Lorenzo scored half of his dozen points in the first quarter, draining two threes. Kayhi’s Brayden Gentry and Archie Dundas also hit 3-point buckets.
JV Scoring Line
Kayhi: RC Lorenzo 12; Jared Rhoads 10; Archie Dundas 9; Andrew Kleinschmidt 8; Brayden Gentry 5; Kyan Scudero 4; Bubba Williams 2.
Juneau-Douglas: Tias Carney 12; Alnon Carrillo 12; Rae Raekwon 10; Ben Coutu 8; Jake Sleppy 6; Porter Nelson 5; Orion Dybdahl 5; Marcos Yadao 5; Kai Hargrave 2.
JV Lady Kings 48, JV Lady Falcons 29
The JV Lady Kings scored early, and often, in their 48-29 victory over the JV Lady Falcons on Friday.
After the first eight minutes, Kayhi carried a 15-6 lead over Thunder Mountain. Hya Bondoc, Hayley Gilson and Tracilee Denny all knocked in buckets in the first quarter. Rachelle Biggs drained a three, and Chelsea Johnson hit a free throw in the frame, as well.
Biggs’ three was one of three 3-pointers the JV Lady Kings hit, as Ira Magno knocked in the other two — one in the second and one in the fourth quarter.
Gilson finished the game with 18 points. It was her second straight night finishing with double digits. She had 14 in the JV Lady Kings’ 37-33 win over Juneau-Douglas on Thursday.
JV Scoring Line
Kayhi: Hayley Gilson 18; Hya Bondoc 9; Rachelle Biggs 7; Ira Magno 7; Chelsea Johnson 5; Tracilee Denny 2; Monique Clevenger 1.
Thunder Mountain: Jaya C. 12; Kara S. 6; Jo D., 4; Mac G. 2; Jenna D. 2; Olissa O. 1; Kaidre H. 1.
*All game stats courtesy of the official scorebook.