The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons girl’s basketball team continued to climb into the competitive bracket of southeast 4A play with a 42-33 win on Friday night over the visiting Ketchikan Lady Kings.
“This is the first conference win ever that the Thunder Mountain girls have ever seen at home,” TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said. “It was a good win for these guys.”
The Falcon (1-4) put together four consistent quarters for the first time this season, hit their free throws and stayed intense.
“We have been a team that struggles in a certain quarter of the game,” Nizich said. “This seemed like a much more controlled game for us.”
The Falcons contained the Lady Kings on the defensive end and were confident moving the ball against the Kayhi full court press.
“Tonight we just kept on trucking through at our pace. I saw a lot more intensity from our players than I have ever seen. A mid-season conference game like this is big, it just goes to show what can be done if you come out and work your hardest for 32 minutes.”
The Falcons only trailed once in the game, 4-0, in the first quarter. They went on a 9-2 run to end the period. Both teams added six points apiece in the second quarter, giving the Falcons a 17-12 lead at the break. The Falcons ended the third quarter 25-22 and opened a 32-24 lead with 5:32 remaining. Ketchikan closed to within four, 35-31 with 2:30 remaining in the game but the Falcons closed with an 8-1 run.
“We are just taking one game at a time,” Nizich said. “We are hoping this win steps it up overall and carries on through the remainder of the season.”
Michaela Demmert led the Falcons with 10 points, Ava Tompkins and Jonelle Staveland added nine apiece, Ashley Young seven points and seven rebounds, Sarah Morris five and Eyerus Tingley two.
TMHS hit 6-10 at the charity stripe while Ketchikan was 2-5.
Jayley Taylor and Felicia Ruaro led the Lady Kings with nine points each, Anderson eight, Bayley Lindgren five, and Mikayla Brown Harrison two.
Saturday’s score was not available by press time.