As the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings entered the second half of Thursday’s Region V 4A semifinal against Thunder Mountain High School, Ketchikan head coach Kelly Smith was looking for his Lady Kings to catch fire offensively.
“Go make something happen,” he could be heard saying on the bench before the start of the third quarter.
Ahead by just one point in an elimination game, 17-16, the Lady Kings were looking for an offensive run.
And although that run never came, Ketchikan kept clicking along, eventually edging out the Thunder Mountain Falcons 41-36.
The victory bumps the Lady Kings into the Region V championship game against the top-seeded Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Kings’ Madison Rose and Lianne Guevarra carried Ketchikan in the second half against Thunder Mountain. They combined for 16 of Ketchikan’s 24 points in the final two quarters.
Rose did most of her damage in the fourth quarter, nailing a 3-pointer and hitting 3-of-6 free throws. She finished the game with eight points.
Guevarra led the Lady Kings with 11 points, scoring eight of those in the second half.
Ketchikan freshman Lindsay Byron helped the Lady Kings stay ahead before the break. She led the Lady Kings with five points through the first two quarters, finishing the game with seven tallies.
Thunder Mountain didn’t have any double-digit scorers, although the Falcons were 11-of-15 from the free throw line. The Falcons’ Sydney Strong was a perfect 6-for-6.
Ketchikan hit 7-of-16 from the line.
With the win, the Lady Kings advance to the Region V championship against the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the capital city.
Ketchikan dropped its semifinal game to the Crimson Bears on Wednesday, 49-36. But the Lady Kings had split a pair of games with Juneau-Douglas when the Crimson Bears came to the First City on Feb. 28-29.
Ketchikan will have to win two games to claim a region title. If the Lady Kings win Friday, the two teams will meet again Saturday evening in the double-elimination tournament. A Juneau-Douglas loss on Friday would be its first of the tournament.
Ketchikan: Lianne Guevarra 11, Madison Rose 8, Jenae Rhoads 8, Lindsay Byron 7, Nadire Zhuta 4, Shaelyn Mendoza 3.
Thunder Mountain: Avery Kriescher 8, Sydney Strong 6, Riley Traxler 5, Kira Frommherz 5, Letasi Fenumiai 5, Mary Khaye Garcia 4, Mary Neal Garcia 3.
*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook.