Thunder Mountain’s Jonelle Staveland and Ketchikan’s Jayley Taylor put on a shooting clinic at the Thunderdome on Friday night as the Lady Kings jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Staveland and Eyerus Tingley both notched deep triples in the second period and Ashley Young hit a bucket inside but the Falcons also committed nine turnovers and Kayhi capitalized by doubling the score margin and taking a 36-15 halftime advantage.
Staveland scored eight points in the third period, more than the Ketchikan team as Thunder Mountain put on a valiant defensive effort. The Kings responded in the fourth period with 14 points and the Falcons tallied 12. Aside from the first half, the Falcons played the Kings even.
Staveland hit deep beyond the arch in three quarters and finished with a game-high 24 points. Young added four points, Tingley three, Sarah Morris, Shale Kibby and Noe Maka two each.
Taylor connected on two deep triples in the first and second periods and another in the third to lead the Lady Kings with 21 points. Melissa Elliot added 10 points, Shiree Sells and Hannah Carson eight apiece, Jenessa Albertson three, Bayley Lindgren and Mikayla Brown-Harrison two.
TMHS was 7-8 at the free throw line, Ketchikan 7-13.
“We just seemed to be flustered from the very first play and carried that through the whole game,” TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said. “We looked flustered when we didn’t need to be.”
On Saturday the real Falcons team came to the gym, opening a 13-7 first quarter advantage. Kibby knocked down six of her 10 game points in the stanza and Staveland hit another three from deep plus two free throws.
The Falcons kept the pressure on to halftime, leading 23-20. The Lady Kings’ Taylor started to heat up in the third period, knocking down two deep shots and scoring eight of her game-high 17 points to help Kayhi take a 38-35 lead starting the final period.
The Lady Kings’ Melissa Elliot scored 11 of her 16 points in the final period after the Falcons had put the defensive clamps on Taylor.
Staveland led the Falcons with 16 points, Young added 12, Kibby 10, Winters five, Morris and Tingley two each.
Taylor led Ketchikan with 17, Elliott added 16, Lindgren 10, Brown-Harrison nine, Carson four, and Sells one.
TMHS hit 7-14 at the free throw line, Ketchikan went 9-14.
“It was a really good game all the way through,” Nizich said. “We didn’t see anything different that they threw at us that we didn’t see the first night. Tonight it just appeared we came out with a lot more confidence. Each individual looked like they had confidence. As a team we looked confident. That means a lot when you carry yourself like that and it decides how the overall team is going to play.”