Falcons Girls Swept at Ketchikan

    Thunder Mountain High School junior Kiana Allen (31 ) dribbles towards Ketchikan High School senior Haley Gilson (13) at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium on Friday, Jan. 28. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain High School girls basketball team fell to the Ketchikan 67-36 on Saturday at Kayhi’s Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, their second Southeast Conference loss of the weekend to the Lady Kings. Ketchikan had won 71-43 on Friday.

      “They are simply the better team at this point,” Thunder Mountain coach Andy Lee said. “Combined with their good coaching they will be tough to beat.”

      The Falcons could not overcome a 21-point first quarter by the Lady Kings on Saturday.

      TMHS junior Kiara Kookesh, sophomore Ashlyn Gates, and freshmen Cailynn Baxter and Kerra Baxter all had a field goal in the first eight minutes but Ketchikan senior Jenae Rhoads scored six points, senior Shaelyn Mendoza and sophomore Bree Johnson five apiece and a few buckets from teammates were sprinkled in.

      Ketchikan added another 18 points in the second quarter and Thunder Mountain another eight and the Lady Kings held a 39-16 lead at the half.

      Ketchikan led 55-25 after three quarters.

      C. Baxter led the Falcons with 14 points. Junior Kiara Kookesh added nine, sophomore Mika Caradang five, K. Baxter four, Gates and senior Sydney Strong two apiece.

      TMHS was 4-4 at the charity stripe, Ketchikan 10-15.

      Mendoza led the Lady Kings with 21 points. Johnson added 13, Rhoads 12, junior Lindsay Byron 10, junior Hya Bondoc four, senior Paige Boehlert three, and seniors Hayley Gilson and Gabby Mas two apiece.

      “I have to work harder and our players showed fight and improvement,” Lee said. “We need to get this in the rear view and prep for next weekend.”

      The Thunder Mountain Falcons girls and boys teams will host the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears on Friday and Saturday.

    The TMHS girls are 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the Southeast Conference. The JDHS girls are 10-4 OA and 0-2 in the SEC. The Ketchikan girls are 13-1 OA and 4-0 in the SEC.

    The TMHS boys are 5-6 OA, 0-2 in the SEC. The JDHS boys are 3-11 OA and 0-0 in the SEC, and Ketchikan is 7-6 OA and 2-0 in the SEC.

    Above - Thunder Mountain High School junior Kiara Kookesh (14) passes against Ketchikan High School senior Paige Boehlert (3) at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News)

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