FAIRBANKS, Ak-After the West Valley girls 53-45 victory over Lathrop in the MAC title game The boys teams took the court to decide their championship. The last time West Valley and Lathrop met the Malemutes only won by five.
Daniel Hornbuckle had 12 points and Larenzo Graham hit seven ignited a great start for West Valley. West Valley was up 19-18 after the first but both teams were tied 29 all at the half.
Then Lathrop's defense intensified holding West Valley to just four points in the third and outscoring the Wolfpack 28 to 13 in the second half. The result a 57-42 win for Lathrop.
Jason Gordon had 14 to pace West Valley but Lathrop's Kyle Carlson had a game high 17 points. Tremon Washington added 15 for Lathrop and the Malemutes are the MAC Champs and state tournament bound.
Here are the other interior teams who made it state.
The Lathrop boys, West Valley girls and the Lady Malemutes who got at an large berth will be in the 4A tournament as well.
The Monroe boy, both Valdez teams and the Hutchison girls in 3A.
In 2A the Nenana and Glenallen girls and Su-Valley Boys.
In 1A the Who-Slee-uh girls and Minto Boys are going to the state tournament which starts with Mar. 16 through the 23 in Anchorage.