Thunder Mountain went scoreless over the first five and a half minutes of the third quarter as Ketchikan rallied for a 45-41 Southeast Conference girls’ basketball win Saturday at TMHS.
For the second time in as many nights, the third quarter spelled doom for Thunder Mountain as the Kings again outscored the Falcons 14-3.
Thunder Mountain led 24-19 at the half but trailed 33-27 heading into the fourth period.
“The same thing. That hurts,” TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said of her team’s performance out of the locker room after the half. “But that was a good ball game. For us, that’s a lesson learned to take us to the next step and getting a win. They felt it, they know what it’s like to be right there now and next time, I hope it’s a different story.”
Trailing by as many as eight points over the final eight minutes, the Falcons had opportunities, closing within two points with 38.6 seconds left after two Jonelle Staveland free throws. But the Kings kept the game out of reach by shooting 3 of 6 from the line to close out.
Ketchikan made 23 of 44 free throws compared to 9 of 21 for TMHS on the night.
Both teams struggled to score early on as Thunder Mountain led 7-5 after a first quarter that saw the two teams combine for 13 turnovers and 19 missed field goals.
Ketchikan tied the game at 9-9 in the second period, but TMHS got rolling with a 14-4 run over the next couple of minutes. Katie Tarver made a runner and Shale Kibby scored a turnaround inside before Eyerus Tingley buried a 3-pointer to make it 16-12, Falcons. Kibby then put back her own miss, Staveland stuck a triple from the wing and Thunder Mountain took its biggest lead of the game half, 23-14, after a Tingley pull-up jumper.
Free throws are about the only thing that kept the Kings in the game in the second quarter. Ketchikan made just two field goals but shot 10 of 15 from the stripe to keep within striking distance, trailing 24-19 at the half.
Erin Doherty led all scorers with 19 points for Ketchikan. Shiree Sells added 11 points.
Staveland scored 12 points, and Tingley eight for the Falcons.
TMHS (5-13, 0-4) is at Ketchikan Feb. 11-12.
Big quarter propels Kings
A 14-3 third quarter propelled visiting Ketchikan to a 41-29 Southeast Conference girls’ basketball win over Thunder Mountain on Friday in Juneau.
Both teams struggled mightily in the first quarter, with the Kings leading 5-2 heading into the second. Ketchikan pulled away with a 9-3 run over the first part of the second quarter to lead 14-5 lead before the Falcons closed the gap with a 7-0 spurt.
Sophomore wing Jonelle Staveland knocked down a 3-pointer and junior Shale Kibby scored a putback inside to make it a 14-10 game, and sophomore point guard Eyerus Tingley found Kyle Ibias down low for a deuce off the glass inside to cut the deficit to 2, 14-12, at the half.
But Kings pulled away with a 7-0 run of their own to start the third quarter.
Sophomore Bayley Lindgren got a lay-up after a steal, Erin Doherty knocked down a triple from the wing and Shiree Sells canned a jumper and it was 21-12 before Katie Tarver scored an old-fashioned 3-point play for the Falcons’ first and only points of the third quarter at the 3:15-mark.
The Kings then went on another 7-0 run, including a basket for Sells inside, another Doherty triple and two free throws for Lindgren, to take a 28-15 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Kings took their biggest lead of the game at the start of the fourth after Lindgren scored off the dribble. Thunder Mountain scored 14 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t stretch a run together and got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
“They played really hard and they were in the same boat as us,” Ketchikan coach Kelly Smith said of the Falcons. “Everything was stagnant on offense — a 14-12 first half. Shots weren’t falling and I think we lulled each other to sleep. The third quarter, we got a couple of easy lay-ups and our girls took care of the ball.”
Thunder Mountain coach Tanya Nizich said she was at least happy with the way the Falcons attacked in the second half, even though the shots didn’t fall.
“We talked about attacking the basket more at halftime and watching our fouls,” she said. “We’ve got to move our feet. The first half compared to the second half, I’d have to say we were a lot more aggressive, which I liked. But we have to be confident when we take the ball up and when we drive in on more than one person, gain our composure and go up strong with the shot.”
Tarver led the Falcons with 12 points and Staveland scored six.
Doherty scored 13 points to lead the kings.