The Thunder Mountain High School girl’s basketball team dropped two Southeast Conference games at Ketchikan over the weekend, falling 58-41 on Friday and 53-40 on Saturday.
On both nights the team found a different go-to player, but just one as they continue to search for a balanced attack and a way to push the scoreboard lights up a notch.
TMHS junior Michaela Demmert scored 17 points against Sitka in the opening season game. Sophomore Sarah Morris tallied 12 the next night. Freshman Ava Tompkins led with 16 Friday against Ketchikan and sophomore Ashley Young had 18 on Saturday.
And just on the threshold of regaining full mobility is senior Jonelle Staveland, who dropped 10 points on Friday.
“We know we have the capabilities of a lot of potential scorers,” TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said. “If they all showed up to every game we will put up some numbers on the scoreboard.”
Tompkins and Staveland were the leaders of the Falcons on Friday.
Staveland was perfect at the free throw line in the first quarter, scoring four of her 10 game points, and Sarah Morris scored all four of her game points in the stanza to help the Falcons stay close to Kayhi 17-12.
In the second period Tompkins was unstoppable, scoring 11 of her team-high 16 points to counter the Lady Kings’ Jayley Taylor who dropped eight of her game-high 25 points in the stanza. Ketchikan held a slim 31-25 lead at the break.
The Falcons got just five points in the third quarter as Ketchikan increased their full court pressure. The Lady Kings had three different players drain long-range shots and led 47-30 starting the final period.
“There is always one quarter we struggle in,” Nizich said. “Not for execution but for intensity.”
Siosi Tupo added four points for TMHS, Micheala Demmert three and Ashley Young two. The Falcons were 10-20 at the free throw line, the Lady Kings 8-18. Bayley Lindgren added nine points, Eliah Anderson eight, Mikayla Brown-Harrison six, Brooke Simmons four, Faith Clark two, Charley Edwardson and Alexis Biggerstaff one each.
The press was the biggest obstacle for the Falcons to overcome.
“We talked about how to find a better way to break the press at our pre-game shoot around on Saturday,” Nizich said. “And I think we made progress. We did not get snagged or hung up in it too much in Saturday’s game. I was pretty impressed that we took what we talked about and applied it.”
Ashley Young spirited the Falcons to an 8-8 tie after one quarter in Saturday’s rematch. Young hit six of her game-high 18 points in the stanza, matching Kahyi’s combination of Anderson and Lindgren. Kayhi pulled to an eight-point advantage at the break, leading 25-17 as Courtney Kemble and Brooke Simmons tallied six each in the period.
Young and Tompkins were the only scorers for the Falcons in the third period as Ketchikan pulled to 40-26 advantage starting the final quarter.
Morris added seven points for the Falcons, Tompkins six, Reeves four, Staveland two and Demmert one. The Falcons were 10-15 at the free throw line, Kayhi went 10-23. Taylor scored 12 points for the Lady Kings, Simmons and Lindgren 11 each, Anderson eight, Kemble six, Clark four and Edwardson one.
“We know what we can do,” Nizich said. “And we know what we need to do. Now we need to do all these things at full force with 110 percent.”