The Thunder Mountain High School girls basketball team nearly pulled off a win at Ketchikan on Friday night, falling 52-38 after taking a 36-33 lead in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons lost a tight game Saturday by the final score of 58-54.
According to the Ketchikan Daily News, Ashley Young scored a minute into the final period and the Falcons could never connect from the field again.
Ketchikan went on a 19-2 run in the final period using a press and trap defensively and being aggressive on the offensive end.
TMHS coach Tanya Nizich told the Ketchikan Daily News that it was a close game throughout.
“I didn’t think it was anything spectacular they did with them scoring in the fourth,” Nizich told the KDN. “It was our own turnovers, our own passes that got us in trouble.”
The Falcons had a strong half-court defense until the final period. Nizich stated that Ketchikan was a driving team and the Falcons tried to take that offensive weapon away from the Lady Kings. The Falcons led 6-4 starting the second period and 23-20 at the half.
Falcons’ freshman Ashley Young led Thunder Mountain with 15 points, including 10 in the first half. Jonelle Staveland added nine points and Shayla Reeves eight.
Ketchikan hit 23-33 from the free-throw line and Thunder Mountain went 12-18. The Falcons were called for 30 fouls and had three players foul out in the fourth quarter. Kayhi was whistled for 17 personals.
Friday’s JV action saw Kayhi win 47-38. Sarah Morris and Noe Maka scored nine points each for the Falcons. Cassidy Patton and Alexis Crellin led the Lady Kings with 11 each. The Falcons’ C team beat Kayhi C 35-27. Cheyenne Ekis led with seven points, Saydi Wells and Tatiana King added six points.
Saturday’s game will be wrapped up in the Monday paper.
Sitka boys 68, Falcons 56
The TMHS boys were in a back-and-forth battle at the den of the Sitka Wolves on Friday night. Tied at 19 late in the first half the Falcons made a run to go up 23-19 and 27-23. Sitka went on their own run to end the quarter and the Wolves Brian Way hit a jumper at the buzzer to give Sitka a 28-27 lead at the half.
Early in the third period Keith Ainsworth made a steal and attempted a dunk that would have tied the game. Instead, Potrzuski got the rebound and went down court and nailed a three pointer. The Wolves stole the ball and hit another three and led 38-30. It became 45-34 with two minutes remaining in the third when the Falcons scored the next five points to make it 45-39, but TMHS never got closer than six the remainder of the game. Way nailed another three with 9.8 remaining in the third for a 52-41 edge going into the final stanza. Sitka led 67-52 in the fourth period.
Saturday game will be wrapped up in the Monday editon.