Craig won the girls 2A title holding off Dillingham for a 31-29 victory. In the first game today at 8am Lathrop went up against Kodiak in the 4A girls quarterfinal.
Lathrop started the game on a 8-1 run and were ahead of the Bears 19-10 at the end of the first. At halftime the Malemutes were up 28-19. Senior Erisha Talley had 11 points and freshmen Ruthie Hebard had 13 rebounds in the first half.
Late in the game Kodiak tried to come back by way of Jerica Nelson. Nelson had 19 points and her three made it 36-41 with about 4 minutes remaining. Jasmine White of Lathrop would close out this game scoring a game high 20 points and dished out 7 assists. Lathrop wins 57-42. The Malemutes will play Dimond in their next game.
In the 3A boys quarterfinal between Monroe and Grace Christian both teams were slow to start. There 4 turnovers for both teams but Grace Christian settled down first. They led 6-5 and 10-8 in the first quarter.
Then Monroe woke up. Jalon McCullough was the spark off the bench. McCullough lit it up for 14 first half points that included four from downtown. McCulluogh's first three sparked a 12-2 run for the Rams and they led 28-17 at the half. Monroe went six of ten from three.
Then in the second half the defense caught up with the offense and Monroe held Grace Christian to 12 second half points. The thress continued to drop for the Rams. Monroe hit 11 of 23 three point attempts. McCullough had a game high 21 points to lead the Rams in a 50-29 win. Monroe faces Bethel in the semifinal.
In the other 4A boys game Lathrop had a rematch with West Anchorage. In the last meeting Lathrop won on a half court buzzer beater by Tremon Washington. This turned intro the game of the day and would again go down to the wire.
West established themselves in the first half led by Theo Oghide had 14 points on seven for seven shooting. The Eagles led 40-31 at the half so the Malemutes were hanging around.
The second half was Lathrop time, chipping away at the lead cutting it to 43-47 on a Tremon Washington put back. Then right at the end of the third Kyle Carlson hit a three at the buzzer to give Lathrop a 48-47 going into the fourth. Carlson only had 5 points for Lathrop.
Both teams went tick for tack and it was back and forth as teams traded buckets. In crunch time, Oghide, who had a game high 16 points and 8 rebounds, despite playing with four fouls, scored off an inbounds play that gave the Eagles a 57-55 lead. Washington drew a foul with 8 seconds left putting West in the bonus so he went to the line for a one-and-one and a chane to tie. Washington missed the first free throw, West grabs the rebound and they prevail 57-55.
Gabriel Cunningham led the Malemutes with 15 points. Lathrop plays the loser of Service and Dimond.
Back to 3A for girls action and Hutchison was up against Houston in the battle of the Hawks. Mimi Wood, the 3A player of the year, was held scoreless in the first half. But it didn't matter because Kiana Edwards and Elly Veazey carried the load scoring 9 points a piece in the first half. Edwards and Veazey both finished with 10 points.The Hutchison defense was stout as well holding Houston to 14 first half points and the Hawks led 28-14 at halftime.
In the second half Houston charged back behind NeNe Hale, the talented left, who had a game high 12 points. Houston would get within four 39-35 with a minute remaining but Hutchison hit their free throws and win 44-34. Four players had at least seven points for Hutchison. Hutchison now faces Barrow in a battle of the one seeds tomorrow.
In the last interior game of the day the West Valley girls took on the Dimond Lynx. It was also Hannah Mattson's first game back for the Wolfpack since January. Mattson and the Wolfpack showed no lack of chemistry jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead. The first half was all about Caitlyn Brice who hit four threes for West Valley. The Wolfpack led 13-9 at the end of the opening quarter, went a 7-0 run to start the second quarter for a 20-9 lead and were up 26-15 at halftime.
Then Dimond starting clawing away and at West Valley's lead and it a game in the fourth quarter. West Valley was still up 32-24 to start the fourth but Dimond hit big shots. Iona Fischer had a game high 17 points for the Lynx but it was Tara Thompson who hit the dagger for Dimond. With the Lynx down 37-38 Thompson nailed a three to give Dimond the lead for good. Thompson finished with eight for Dimond. Mattson would hit a three at the end of regulation but Dimond hit two previous free throws giving them a 42-41 win.
Brice had 14 for West Valley and Mattson added 13. No other player had more than 5 for the Wolfpack. West Valley will play Kodiak in the first game of the consolation bracket.