Paige Boehlert makes a layup

Ketchikan High School senior Paige Boehlert (3) makes a layup past Palmer High School senior Livia Solis (1) on Thursday during the championship of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic at Kayhi. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic basketball tournament concluded on Thursday night at Ketchikan High School.

Earning championship titles were the Kayhi Lady Kings and the Wildcats of Wilsonville (Oregon) High School.

Here’s a recap of the tournament’s third and final day:

GIRLS BRACKET

Girls Bracket Championship Game

Kayhi Lady Kings 69; Palmer Lady Moose 28

A “well-oiled machine” “firing on all cylinders” were among the apt descriptions used by radio commentators Russell Thomas and Clark Slanaker to describe the Kayhi Lady Kings on Thursday as the host team steamrolled the Palmer Lady Moose by a score of 69-28 to win the 2021 Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic championship title.

It was an impressive performance as a team, with lots of ball movement and baskets via assists along with a speedy, swarming defense. And individually, every player on the nine-member roster made solid contributions to the winning effort.

Kayhi’s tone and pace was set early by Lindsay Byron, opening the scoring with a spin-move basket; Bree Johnson with a 3-pointer; two free-throws by Shaelyn Mendoza; and then another 3-pointer by Johnson — all before Palmer’s first basket by Larkin Christiansen brought the score to 10-2.

Kayhi was off and running. Mendoza scored from a steal. Jenae Rhoads fed a bounce pass to Paige Boehlert cutting behind the Palmer defense for an easy bucket. Byron hit a 3-pointer. Mendoza took a backdoor run to the hoop for two more points. Johnson got an assist on a two-pointer by Hya Bondoc.

At the end of the first quarter, Kayhi was up 23-12. Palmer opened the second period with quick buckets by Alyssa Clark and Kinzey Hutchings, but that 23-16, seven-point gap was as close as the Lady Moose would get to the Lady Kings.

With Kayhi’s defense causing headaches for Palmer (which turned the ball over about 15 times during the first half), the Lady King’s offense continued to click, posting 19 points in the second quarter.

The Lady Kings lead widened from 42-19 at the start of the third quarter to 58-25 as the fourth period got underway.

After Kayhi raised the score to 65-25 with about 5:35 remaining, the game clock went to a running clock for the remainder of the contest.

Every Lady King scored at least two points in the game, led by 18 points from Byron (two 3-pointers and six buckets from a variety of ranges) and 14 from Boehlert (two 3-pointers, three baskets and two free throws).

Palmer’s top scorers were Hutchings with eight points, and Christiansen with seven points.

Scoring Line

Kayhi Lady Kings: Lindsay Byron 18; Paige Boehlert, 14; Shaelyn Mendoza, 13; Bree Johnson, 8; Jenae Rhoads, 6; Gabby Mas, 4; Hya Bondoc, 2; Hayley Gilson, 2; Lily Detienne, 2.

Palmer Lady Moose: Kinzey Hutchings, 9; Larkin Christiansen, 8; Alyssa Clark, 7; Diana Lane, 3; Grace Pickett, 1.

Girls Bracket Third-place Game

Homer Lady Mariners, 45, Valdez Lady Buccaneers 33

Scoring Line

Homer Lady Mariners: Sydney Shelby, 19; Delilah Harris, 15; Sophie Ellison, 4; Kaylin Anderson, 3; Mel Morris, 2; Hannah Stonorov, 2.

Valdez Lady Buccaneers: Kylie Gilbert, 13; Carsyn Hinkle, 10; Kelsey Prax, 4; Lucy Selanoff, 2; Lily Brown, 2; Katarina Taylor, 2.

Girls Bracket Fourth-place Game

Metlakatla Miss Chiefs 44

Petersburg Lady Vikings, 40

Scoring Line

Metlakatla Miss Chiefs: Chloe Guthrie, 9; Ryley Booth, 9; Pyper Booth, 9; Alysia Nelson Boyd, 7; Bree Chavez, 6; Sarai Buffalo, 4.

Petersburg Lady Vikings: Ines Larson, 37; Anya Pawuk, 5.

Girls Bracket Seventh-place Game

Kayhi Lady Kings JV 36, Hutchison Lady Hawks 26

Scoring Line

Kayhi Lady Kings JV: Carol Frey, 10; Shyla Abajian, 10; Isabella  6; Molly Sivertsen, 4; Sophie Agoney, 4; Lily Goodwin, 2.

Hutchison Lady Hawks: Grace Ewan, 14; Bella Marks, 5; Kassie Peterson, 3; Kayla Leu-Clark, 2; Nevaeh Titus-Charlie, 2.

Girls Bracket Final Placement

1) Kayhi Lady Kings

2) Palmer Lady Moose

3) Homer Lady Mariners

4) Metlakatla Miss Chiefs

5) Valdez Lady Buccaneers

6) Petersburg Lady Vikings

7) Kayhi Kady Kings JV

8) Hutchison Lady Hawks

BOYS BRACKET

Boys Bracket Third-Place Game

Valdez Buccaneers 55, Kayhi Kings 47

The Kayhi Kings couldn’t overcome a slow start and an unmovable force named Dennis Mott on Thursday, falling to the Valdez Buccaneers 55-47 in the third-place game of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic basketball tournament at Ketchikan High School.

Valdez struck early, jumping to an 8-0 lead before Kayhi’s Clayton Olstad hit two free-throws with 5:01 remaining in the first quarter.

Valdez’ 6’4” center Dennis Mott answered with the second of his put-backs following an offensive rebound to shift the score to 10-2. Mott continued to rack up offensive and defensive rebounds during the game, posting a game-high 14 points in the process.

Kayhi’s Joeben Lorenzo would match that total, hitting three 3-pointers, two buckets and a free-throw in a good game by the junior guard on both offense and defense.

The Kings began the second quarter trailing the Buccaneers 14-8, and were down 29-19 at the half after having difficulty getting shots to drop and suffering a series of turnovers— including three by offensive fouls.

The margin grew wider in third quarter, despite 3-pointers by Kayhi’s Lorenzo and Archie Dundas, along with eight-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line.

Down by 15 — 46-31 — as the fourth quarter opened, the Kings began to claw their way back, with 3s by Dundas and Lorenzo narrowing the gap to 37-48.

Then Mott’s control of the boards resumed and Kayhi wouldn’t score again until JJ Parker nailed a 3-pointer with about 1:15 remaining, bringing the score to 53-40.

The Kings then effectively used fouls to make up some ground during what little time remained, scoring seven points on a 3-pointer by Marcus Stockhausen and baskets by Parker and Josh Rhoads while holding Valdez to just two points on free throws.

But, the clock did inexorably wind down, with the Kings trailing by a final score of 55-47.

The Kings placed fifth in the tournament with an event record of 1-2.

Scoring Line

Valdez Buccaneers: Dennis Mott, 14; Payton Gage, 13; Bryce Tucker, 10; Allen Watson, 7; Dillon Fowler, 6; Hunter Mathews, 3; Nick Alfaro, 2.

Kayhi Kings: Joeben Lorenzo, 14; JJ Parker, 9; Archie Dundas, 7; Josh Rhoads, 6; Marcus Stockhausen, 6; Clayton Olstad, 5.

Boys Bracket Championship Game

Wilsonville Wildcats  56;

South Anchorage Wolverines 42

Hailing from Oregon, the Wilsonville High School Wildcats was the sole Lower 48 team to travel north for the Clarke Cochrane Christmas basketball tournament in Ketchikan.

And the 5A team would travel back home with the championship title after a convincing 56-42 win Thursday over the South Anchorage Wolverines.

The Wolverines played in the title matchup after defeating the Kayhi Kings in the semifinal game on Wednesday. The Alaskans kept it close in the first period, which ended 15-13 in Wilsonsville’s favor before the Wildcats began to accelerate their game.

Wilsonville’s Enzo Chimienti’s first 13 points helped power the Wildcats to a 28-20 first-half lead. Kallen Gutridge took over from there, scoring 16 points in the second half. Both Chimienti and Gutridge would finish with 20 points.

Meanwhile, Wilsonville’s defense was effective in thwarting similar numbers from S. Anchorage shooters. The Wolverine’s top-point scorer was Chris Fuller, who matched his total against Kayhi with 12 points again against Wilsonville.

Although S. Anchorage outscored Wilsonville in the final frame, the damage had been done. Wilsonville wound down the game with its comfortable margin intact, winning by a score of 56-42.

Scoring Line

Wilsonville Wildcats: Enzo Chimienti, 20; Kallen Guttridge, 20; Tristan Davis, 6; Logan Thebiay, 5; Maxim Wu, 3; Kyle Counts, 2.

South Anchorage Wolverines: Chris Fuller, 12; Alonso Ponce De Leon, 9; Luke Ivanoff, 8; Zach Williamson, 7; Owen Denmon, 4; Teko Heath, 2.

Boys Bracket Fourth-Place Game

Unalakleet Wolfpack 54, Metlakatla Chiefs 49

Scoring Line

Unalakleet Wolfpack: Cody Ivanoff, 17; Kanayaq Ivanoff, 14; Carter Commack, 11; Johnny Sodersrtom, 5; Johnathan Katchatag, 5; Alukka Ivanoff, 2.

Metlakatla Chiefs: Mason Rolando, 11; Cameron Gaube, 11;  Shayne Anderson, 11; Harvey Booth, 9; Jayden Buhler, 3; Trinity Jackson Jr., 2; Aaron O’Brien, 2.

Boys Bracket Seventh-Place Game

Petersburg Vikings 50, Hutchison Hawks 30

Scoring Line

Petersburg Vikings: Michael Durkin, 20; Lathum Johnson, 9; Jack Engell, 7; Kyle Biggers, 6; Rik Cumps, 2; Andrew Cole, 2; Hunter Conn, 2; Kieran Cabral, 1; Gage Massin, 1.

Hutchison Hawks: Evan Moss, 14; Ryan Young,10; Ka’eo Patterson, 3; Zach Person, 2: Jake Rosenthal, 1.

Kayhi Kings Jv 44; Hydaburg Warriors 26

Scoring Line

Hydaburg Warriors: DaQuan Edenshaw, 12; Lorin Sanderson, 8; Abraqham Hillaire, 6.

Kayhi Kings JV: Jonathan Scoblic, 16; Veil Bryant, 16; Jason Loring, 4; Quinn Hudson, 4; Thomas Teal, 2; Lucas Vest, 2.

Boys Bracket Final Placement

1) Wilsonville Wildcats

2) South Anchorage Wolverines

3) Valdez Buccaneers

4) Unalakleet Wolfpack

5) Kayhi Kings

6) Metlakatla Chiefs

7) Petersburg Vikings

8) Hutchison Hawks