Just like the Ketchikan High School boys’ basketball team, the Lady Kings’ Friday night game against the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons in Juneau didn’t go as planned, either.
Friday night’s 48-44 loss ended a 25-game winning streak against the Falcons. But when one winning streak ends, another one is able to begin.
And that’s exactly what happened on Saturday.
Despite a slow start, as Thunder Mountain had a 7-5 lead after the first quarter, the Lady Kings exploded for 32 points in the second half, outscoring the Falcons 32-20 in the final two frames. And the Lady Kings beat Thunder Mountain 45-38.
Ketchikan’s Shaelyn Mendoza carried her hot hand from Friday into Saturday. After posting 24 points just 24 hours earlier, Mendoza knocked down 17 more in Saturday’s win — 15, of which, came in the final two quarters.
She finished the weekend with 41 points.
The Lady Kings’ Lianne Guevarra also hit double figures, scoring 14 points in Saturday’s victory.
The duo hit 12-of-14 free throws. As a team, the Lady Kings shot 74% from the line.
Thunder Mountain was 3-for-8 from the free throw line on Saturday. The Falcons were gifted 30 free throws in their four-point win on Friday, hitting 19 of them.
Thunder Mountain carried an 18-13 lead into the half on Saturday night. But the Lady Kings’ defense completely shut down the Falcons offense in the third and fourth quarters.
Ketchikan kept Thunder Mountain to just nine points in the third quarter, and 11 in the fourth.
Meanwhile, that’s when the Lady Kings did most of their damage on the offensive end.
Both Mendoza and Ketchikan senior Nadire Zhuta hit 3-pointers in the third quarter. They were the only two threes of the game from the Lady Kings.
Zhuta knocked down a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter to finish the game with five points.
Ketchikan: Shaelyn Mendoza 17; Lianne Guevarra 14; Nadire Zhuta 5; Lindsay Byron 4; Jenae Rhoads 4; Paige Boehlert 1.
Thunder Mountain: Mary Neal Garcia 12; Letasi Fenumaiai 10; Sydney Strong 5; Samantha Dilly 5; Riley Traxler 4; Chayla Ault 2.
*Stats courtesy of official scorebook.
Madison not feeling ‘Rosie’
Ketchikan senior Madison Rose didn’t make the trip to Juneau due to a back issue.
Rose had found her rhythm on the offensive end, scoring double figures in three straight games during the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Dimond High School in Anchorage earlier this month.
Mendoza’s hot streak
Since the start of the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout in Anchorage on Feb. 5, Ketchikan sophomore Shaelyn Mendoza has scored 70 points in the last six games, averaging 11.7 points per game during that stretch.
She’s also been money from the free throw line, knocking down 18-of-20 freebies since Feb. 5.
The Lady Kings will finish their regular season at home this weekend, when they host Juneau’s other basketball team — and original Kayhi rival — the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears.
It will be their first set of games back at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium since Jan. 31-Feb. 1, when they hosted Thunder Mountain.
It will be the second straight season the Lady Kings and Crimson Bears closed out the regular season against each other. They did the same in Juneau last year.
Kayhi dropped both games of its weekend series against the Crimson Bears during a trip to Juneau in January. The Lady Kings are 8-1 at home this season.
Saturday’s senior night
The Lady Kings will honor seniors Nadire Zhuta, Lianne Guevarra and Madison Rose before Saturday’s game.