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To start the second day of action at the Joe T Classic at Lathrop high school the Monroe Rams girls team ended a five game losing streak and defeated Juneau 39-30.
The duo of Sara Hajdukovich and Andi Clark combined for 30 of Monroe's 39 points. Hajdukovich had a game high 17 points and Clark scored 13.
The Rams play host Lathrop today. The last time they met Lathrop defeated Monroe in their tournament-the Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic during the first week of January
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In the other girls game the undefeated Kodiak Bears continue to run through the field. The Bears shutout the Malemutes in the first quarter with a 17-0 advantage. The Bears continually trapped and smothered Malemutes in their 2-3 zone. Kodiak wins this one 53-11.
Kodiak's Hannah Wandersee had game high 12 points. Point guard Jerica Nelson added 11. Alaynna Flanders led Lathrop with eight points. Kodiak will face Juneau for the title game.
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The second game on the slate was Monroe against Juneau. The Monroe Rams were coming off of a 47-34 win over Kodiak on Thursday. The Rams got back to the blowout last night. The Rams got off to another strong start leading 23-10 after the first quarter. They added a 29 spot in the second period and roll 79-42 over the Crimson Bears. Kaleb Tompkins had nine points to lead Juneau.
Scooter Bynum had a game high 22 points. David Stepovich hit 19 and Jalon McCullough chipped in with 16. The trio combined for 10 trey balls. Bynum hit four three pointers.
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Before Lathrop took on Kodiak in the night cap there was a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the 1964 state championship Malemutes team. A memorbilia section was in the main lobby displaying the history of the 1964 team that went 25-3 that season and defeated Kethcikan for the state title.
With the spotlight on them at center court was Ann Tremarello, wife of the late Joe Tremarello who was the coach of the team, James. C. Hayes, Larry Lewis, Gary Norrgard, Ronald Smith, Mike Scanlan, Alvin Stephens, Rod Stone and their captain Gary Wilken. The team received ovations from the crowd and also received plaques made from the old gym floor of Lathrop High School.
The current Malemutes were fired up for the game started hot leading the Bears 22-10 by the conclusion of the first quarter. Kyle Carlson had eight of his 10 points in that first stanza.
The emotions mellowed out a bit as Kodiak worked their way back into the game stayed within reach of about 10 points. The Bears trailed 32-22 just a few minutues into the third after an Alec Canete-Hall bucket. Hall had 15 points to lead Kodiak.
But it was too much of the big man for Lathrop Terrell Ford. Ford had a game high 21 points as the Malemutes ran way with big second half and win 69-38 over the Bears.
The Malemutes will face Monroe for the championshop tonight at 7:30. It will be the first meeting between the Fairbanks teams this season.