For the Daily News

An extended time away from home didn’t seem to bother the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings one bit on Wednesday.

After Kayhi was unable to travel back to the First City due to weather following its two-game sweep over Juneau-Douglas High School this past weekend, the Lady Kings spent several extra days “on the road” before flying to Fairbanks on Tuesday.

And after a couple extra days in a hotel — and traveling a long distance cooped up in airplanes — Kayhi had an energy burst right out of the gate against West Valley High School Wednesday evening.

The Lady Kings jumped out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter against the Wolf Pack, and never took their collective foot off the gas pedal, cruising to a 53-30 win over West Valley. It’s the fifth time in nine games that the Lady Kings (8-1) have surpassed the 50-point plateau.

Kayhi senior Shaelyn Mendoza and sophomore Bree Johnson hit a pair of threes in the opening quarter, as six different Lady Kings scored in the first eight minutes.

Paige Boehlert, Lindsay Byron, Hya Bondoc and Gabby Mas also scored in the opening frame.

West Valley started the second quarter with a 5-0 run, making it 17-9, but Kayhi still managed to outscore the Wolf Pack in the middle frame, 10-9, and carried a 27-13 lead at the break.

The Lady Kings kept rolling in the third quarter, scoring 21 points in the frame. Mendoza, Johnson and Bondoc all drained threes in the quarter.

Mendoza knocked in nine of her team-high 17 points in the third quarter. She was nearly perfect from the free throw line, hitting 7-of-8 in the game. As a team, Kayhi was 13-for-20 from the line.

Byron was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line, nailing all four of her freebies in the second quarter. She finished the game with 10 points.

Kayhi freshman Shyla Abajian knocked down a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, for Kayhi’s sixth three of the game. Her basket gave the Lady Kings eight different scorers in the contest. Jenae Rhoads had also knocked down a bucket in the third quarter.

Tip ins

The Lady Kings entered Wednesday night’s game averaging 20 more points than their opponent. Kayhi had averaged 51.9 points per game, totaling 415 points this season, and held its opponent to an average of 31.9 points per game, keeping its opponent to 255 total points through those eight games.

The lone hiccup through the first eight games was a 62-43 loss to Wasilla High School on Dec. 18. No other team has scored more than 35 points against the Lady Kings this season.

Wednesday’s 53-30 win kept that statement true, and only added to the Lady Kings’ offensive numbers.

The Lady Kings now have amassed 468 total points, averaging an even 52 points per game.

Kayhi’s defense has held opponents to 285 total points through nine games, and opponents’ average points per game dipped to 31.6.

Who’s got next?

Kayhi is scheduled to play Valdez High School on Thursday afternoon. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. According to Kayhi’s website, the game is scheduled to be livestreamed on Lathrop High School’s Facebook page.

The Lady Kings beat Valdez 60-26 on Dec. 29, during the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: Shaelyn Mendoza 17; Lindsay Byron 10; Paige Boehlert 6; Bree Johnson 6; Hya Bondoc 5; Gabby Mas 4; Shyla Abajian 3; Jenae Rhoads 2.

*Names and stats courtesy of the official scorebook. West Valley’s team stats were unavailable.