The Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School in Anchorage didn’t end how the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings wanted it to.
The 1-3 record during their trip north didn’t end how they wanted it to.
Despite battling West Valley High School, they lost 60-52. They beat South Anchorage High School, but fell 42-41 the next day to Palmer High School. And that carried over into a 52-42 loss against Soldotna High School on the final day of competition.
It’s been nearly two weeks since that game.
And the Lady Kings have made the most of their time on the practice floor.
“Usually after a frustrating week like that, you can go one of two ways,” Ketchikan head coach Kelly Smith said. “You can fall off a cliff, and it can just a miserable rest of the year. Or we can buckle down, and find ways to end on our terms.
“... We got back, and we worked,” he continued. “It was all positive. ... Kids competed hard. ... The great thing was by (last) Wednesday, we had a completely different vibe. We had our kids excited, kids sweating. It was intense, but they enjoyed it.”
And the Lady Kings will look to carry that same intensity to Juneau this weekend, when they travel to Thunder Mountain High School.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Ketchikan swept the two-game series against the Lady Falcons at Kayhi earlier this season, winning the first game 41-35 and second matchup 46-43.
But there were moments when the Lady Falcons were in control.
“(With a) new coach, they look really good at times, and other times they struggle, just like us,” Smith said. “So it’s definitely going to be a battle.”
Notes: Before their skid in Anchorage, the Lady Kings had won six of their last eight games, including those two victories against Thunder Mountain.