The Thunder Mountain High School girl’s basketball team made one error too many as they fell 53-42 to the Ketchikan Lady Kings in their opening game at the Region V Basketball Championships in Mt. Edgecumbe’s B.J. McGillis Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Falcons committed 25 turnovers in a game that was close through three-and-a-half quarters of play.
“I thought we played solid throughout most of the game,” TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said. “We got Kayhi in foul trouble in the first half then we had many quick fouls called on us in the third quarter to send them to the line. That and turnovers put us in a hole.”
The Falcons hit eight of 14 free throws in the first half to Ketchikan’s 4-7.
Ketchikan freshman Elijah Anderson scored the first six points for the Lady Kings and Falcons’ senior Jonelle Staveland tied the score at six at the 2:20 mark but the Lady Kings were up 12-8 after the first quarter.
Staveland tied the score at 14 with a deep three in the second period but the Lady Kings grabbed 13 defensive rebounds in the first half, limiting the Falcons to one shot a possession.
Ava Tompkins gave the Falcons a 15-14 lead from the free throw line midway through the second quarter, but the Falcons could not limit Ketchikan to just one shot on their end.
The Lady Kings pulled down nine offensive rebounds in the first half.
Staveland hit her third three of the night at the buzzer to cut the Ketchikan lead to a 23-20 at the half.
Brooke Simmons was whistled for her fourth foul in the beginning of the third period which gave a clear advantage to the Falcons, but Thunder Mountain’s Tompkins was called for her fourth foul seconds later and the sides were both down top players.
Ketchikan was sent to the line 11 times in the third quarter and hit eight, while the Falcons were 2-4.
The Lady Kings were put into double bonus at the end of the third period and Lindgren put up a free-throw to end the stanza with an 8-0 run by Ketchikan and a 39-28 lead.
The Falcons cut the lead to nine with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but Ketchikan’s Taylor scored eight points in the stanza on her way to a game-high 24 points.
Staveland led the Falcons with 14 points, Sarah Morris nine, Micheala Demmert and Ava Tompkins five apiece, and Shayla Reeves three. TMHS hit 16-28 at the charity stripe, Kayhi went 14-23.
Eliah Anderson added 11 points for the Kings, Bayley Lindgren eight, Brooke Simmons five, and MiKayla Brown-Harrison four, and Alexis Biggerstaff one. The Falcons (0-1) will play Thursday at 8 a.m. against the loser of today’s 3 p.m. Juneau-Douglas (0-0) and Ketchikan (1-0) contest.