Ketchikan High School’s Lady Kings took third place at the 4A state basketball tournament over the weekend. Ketchikan’s girls beat the third-seeded West Anchorage Lady Eagles 62-48 to secure the third spot.
The Lady Kings entered the state tournament as the fifth seeds after winning the Region V championship at the Southeast regional tournament in Ketchikan. Their run at a state title ended after losing to No. 1 seed and eventual tournament victors Anchorage Christian in the semifinal round.
On the boys’ side, Southeast Alaska’s regional champions exited in the first round of the state tournament. The eighth-seeded Juneau-Douglas High School Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears fell to the No. 1 seeds. The Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School Thunderbirds bested the Bears 56-49 in a quarterfinal match. The Bears beat the Kayhi Kings for the Region V championship to secure the state tournament berth.
The Lady Kings’ third-place finish comes after the Metlakatla Chiefs boys’ basketball team placed second in the 2A state tournament for smaller schools. The girls’ team, the Miss Chiefs, placed fifth at state.