On senior night in Kake, Tim Demmert made sure to leave a lasting impression on his town's basketball fans.
Demmert scored 58 points in a 91-20 win over Skagway on Wednesday, ranking among the best-ever offensive performances in Southeast history.
"I was just trying to play hard, going out with a bang," said Demmert, who finished with nine 3-pointers, 15 2-point baskets and a free throw. "(My teammates) did a good job getting me the ball. ...
"It was something. The crowd was pretty loud."
The Thunderbirds focused their offense on their three seniors Wednesday. But while Kake's Matthew Ashenfelter and Martin Pate saw a lot of playing time and scored points in the Thunderbirds' final home game, it was nothing like Demmert's monster output.
There are no official basketball scoring records for the region or state. The top Southeast scorer of the last 50 years likely is Dave Ohmer of Petersburg, who poured in 69 points against Mount Edgecumbe in 1973 - before the 3-point line was introduced.
Michael Henderson of Metlakatla had several 50-point-plus games in the late 1990s, and there have been a number of 40-point games - most recently by Kake junior Derek Knudsen, who has had games of 44 and 47 points this season.
Ohmer, reached Thursday in Petersburg, said he recalls being "in a fog," on his big night, hitting shot after shot without thinking.
Demmert, too, said he was not conscious of his scoring totals through the game as Kake cruised to an easy win.
"It's nice, but I wasn't thinking about it," Demmert said. "I didn't realize I had scored that many until the game was over."
Kake coach Scott Jackson said the game was a fitting sendoff for Demmert.
"We go as Timmy goes," Jackson said. "He's a catalyst for this young team, our leader. The kids look up to him. Whatever Timmy says, goes. He's been there pushing the kids all year."
Ashenfelter added 15 points, while Pate and Trevor Morris had six apiece on Wednesday for Kake (14-6 overall, 11-1 Southeast Conference-Class 2A), which clinched the regular-season conference title. The Thunderbirds now turn their attention to the Southeast-Class 2A tournament next week at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
Tom Littlefield scored eight points to lead Skagway (4-16 overall, 4-8 SE).
Kake beat Skagway 71-5 in Tuesday's opener, as Knudsen scored 20 points and Morris added 10 for the Thunderbirds. Trevor Cochran scored four points for the Panthers.
In girls games, Skagway swept Kake with a 51-34 victory on Tuesday and a 58-33 win on Wednesday. The wins leave Skagway tied with Yakutat for the best regular-season conference record.
Savannah Ames scored 17 points and Michelle Harris added 11 on Tuesday for Skagway (19-1 overall, 11-1 SE), while Megan Gregory scored nine points for Kake (6-9 overall, 4-8 SE).
Ames had 28 points on Wednesday as the Panthers trailed 27-24 at halftime, then outscored the Thunderbirds 34-6 in the second half. Candi Ketterman added 15 points for Skagway, while Lynette Aceveda and Cordelia Lamere scored 10 apiece for Kake.
The games were rescheduled from earlier in the season, when Skagway's flight to Kake was grounded due to poor weather conditions.
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