Surprise visit inspires Kayhi girls in semis

Greenup leads Ketchikan girls past Sitka; Kayhi boys trounce Wolves

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2005

Ketchikan senior K.C. Greenup wasn't expecting her father to attend this week's region basketball tournament in Juneau.

But he surprised her Thursday by coming to town for Kayhi's Class 4A girls semifinal against Sitka, and Greenup made the trip worthwhile.

Greenup scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Ketchikan girls to a 56-42 win over injury-depleted Sitka at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

"It was a good surprise," Greenup said. "I wanted to do good because he was here."

"She stepped her game up," Kayhi coach Bob Hammer said. "She's capable of playing that way, and tonight it fit in with what we needed."

With the victory, the Kings advance to the Class 4A girls final against Juneau at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The winner of that game claims Southeast's sole state tournament berth.

Ketchikan was ahead by three points - 18-15 - midway through the second quarter, and increased that lead to 27-20 at halftime thanks in part to a 3-pointer by Greenup with 1:52 left in the half.

With 40 seconds left in the third quarter, Greenup converted a three-point play to put the Kings ahead 39-27.

Sitka's Natalia Potrzuski hit back-to-back baskets to draw the Wolves within five - 43-38 - with five minutes left in the game, but Sitka could not draw any closer.

Laura West added nine points and Tory Edwardson had eight for Ketchikan (18-6 overall). The Kings know they face a tough challenge tonight against Juneau, which beat Ketchikan four times during the regular season.

"I hope we can keep playing with the positive energy we have," Hammer said, "(but) we'll definitely have our work cut out for us."

Sitka (12-9 overall) was led by 11 points from Natalia Potrzuski and eight points from Helen Kennedy.

"Both times played hard," Sitka coach Rich Krupa said. "Our girls didn't give up, and their girls shot free throws really well. Our girls played hard - they just beat us tonight."

Sitka has been plagued by injuries. The Wolves lost star center Kim Dodson, a junior, to an torn ACL last month, and senior Cameo Padilla went out with the same injury shortly after. Senior Tawny Hoyt broke her finger on Monday and could not play, and junior Kirsten Padgett was sidelined with a sprained ankle.

"The girls have been through a lot, but they've given me all they had," Krupa said. "The younger kids have stepped up, and the older kids have taken on a lot of new roles."

The Sitka girls will play again on Saturday morning in a crossover game against the Class 3A girls region runner-up.

CLASS 4A BOYS TOURNAMENT

Kings 74, Wolves 54

Jesse LeBeau scored 24 points and Tyler Richardson added 14 as the Ketchikan boys beat Sitka 74-54 on Thursday in their Class 4A region tourney semifinal at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

Kayhi's win sets up a rematch with Juneau-Douglas in the Class 4A boys region final at 9:15 p.m. tonight. Ketchikan beat Juneau in last year's region final, and this year the two teams split their four-game regular-season series.

"We expect a real battle with Juneau," Ketchikan coach Doug Nausid said. "This is what we came for. ... There is unfinished business, and we'll take care of it tomorrow."

"It's the biggest game of the year," LeBeau said. "This is what we've been preparing all season for. We don't want to hold anything back."

Sitka stayed close through the first quarter Thursday as Ketchikan built a modest 19-15 lead. But the Kings exploded for a 27-7 run in the second quarter for a comfortable 46-22 halftime lead, and were never threatened after that. Thomas Montgomery, Casey Bass and Mike Meacock each added nine points for the Kings (16-6 overall).

"Everyone came out and was hustling - pure fire - and that's what we need from everyone on down the bench," LeBeau said.

Andrew Broschat scored 22 points and Jayson Asnin added 12 points for Sitka (8-14 overall), which will play on Saturday morning in a crossover game against the Class 3A boys region runner-up.

• Andrew Krueger can be reached at andrew.krueger@juneauempire.com.

SOUTHEAST-CLASS 4A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

KINGS 56, WOLVES 42

Thursday's semifinal girls game from JDHS

SITKA (42) - Dianne Chong 0 0-2 0, K.J. Lorenzo 3 0-4 7, Joy Ribao 2 1-2 5, Chantell Miyasato 0 0-0 0, Kelsea Johnson 1 2-4 4, Natalia Potrzuski 3 4-5 11, Lela McArthur 0 0-0 0, Lavenda Helu 2 3-4 7, Helen Kennedy 2 4-6 8, Michelle Martin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 14-27 42.

KETCHIKAN (56) - Raquelle Pahang 2 2-2 7, Larissa Otness 0 0-0 0, Lindy Henrick 2 1-1 5, Tory Edwardson 2 4-4 8, Laura West 2 5-6 9, Stacia Miller 1 0-2 2, K.C. Greenup 5 6-9 16, Jamie Edwardson 1 2-3 5, Crystal Reno 1 0-0 2, Kate Geldaker 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 20-27 56.

SITKA 11 9 7 15 - 42

KETCHIKAN 14 13 12 17 - 56

3-point goals - Sitka 2 (Lorenzo, Potrzuski), Ketchikan 2 (Pahang, J. Edwardson). Fouled out - Sitka 3 (Ribao, Johnson, Helu), Ketchikan 0. Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Sitka 24, Ketchikan 19.

KINGS 74, WOLVES 54

Thursday's semifinal boys game from JDHS

SITKA (54) - Kory Hansen 0 0-0 0, Van Hanson 0 0-0 0, Bryn Calhoun 0 0-0 0, Keith Stedman 2 0-1 4, Manfred Bekeris 0 1-3 1, Jayson Asnin 4 4-6 12, Zach Carlson 1 2-2 4, Doug Folger 0 0-1 0, Andrew Broschat 8 5-8 22, Tom Stonebreaker 4 2-7 11. Totals: 19 14-28 54.

KETCHIKAN (74) - Thomas Montgomery 3 2-2 9, Jesse LeBeau 9 4-5 24, Derek Clark 2 2-2 6, Matt Boyd 0 0-0 0, Casey Bass 4 0-0 9, Kyle Howe 1 0-0 2, Beau Poppen 0 0-0 0, Mike Meacock 4 1-3 9, Mike Jepson 0 1-2 1, Charles Altman 0 0-0 0, Tyler Richardson 6 2-4 14, Mike Bruce 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 12-18 74.

SITKA 15 7 17 15 - 54

KETCHIKAN 19 27 14 14 - 74

3-point goals - Sitka 2 (Broschat, Stonebreaker), Ketchikan 4 (LeBeau 2, Montgomery, Bass). Fouled out - Sitka 1 (V. Hanson), Ketchikan 1 (Bass). Technical fouls - None. Total fouls - Sitka 16, Ketchikan 22.



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