FAIRBANKS-Boileau Hall had four contests last night as the Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic started a three this afternoon. But only one Interior team won their game.
PALMER 53 LATHROP 23
The Malemutes could not find any offense against the Moose. Lathrop was down 21-9 after two quarters. Palmer kept on the pressure scoring in double digits in each quarter except for the second.
The DePriest girls were the combo for the Moose. Kalei had 16 points. She scored 12 of Palmer's 14 third quarter points. Leya added 12 points.
Alexis Shipman had nine points to lead Lathrop. Lathrop will play Thunder Mountain today at 3 p.m.
THUNDER MOUNTAIN 43 MONROE 18
The Falcons found their rhythm after the first half and used a 28 point second half to blow out Monroe. The first half was a struggle offensively as both teams missed a number of layups and putback attempts. The Falcons only led 15-8 at half time.
But Thunder Mountain's defense and transition game was the key in the second half. They held the Rams to just two points in two quarters-the first and the third.
Ava Tompkins, the sophomore, forward scored 17 points for the Falcons with 12 in the second half. Alondra Echiverri chipped in with 12 points.
SERVICE 50 PALMER 45
The Service Cougars prevailed in this tight game. The Palmer Moose didn't go quietly as both teams didn't have more than a five point lead throughtout.
Eventually the Cougars thought they had some space with a 40-35 lead with a little over two minutes in the game but Adam Ramoth scored five points to two the game. Ramoth led Palmer with 16. James Nisbett, also of Palmer, drove and scored a little floater to give the Moose a 42-40 lead with 2:09 to go. The Cougars answered right back with a Eben Upton trey ball to put the Cougs back up 43-42.
Despite some late shot making by Ramoth with under 20 seconds to go the Cougars were able to get defensive rebounds and hit the critical free throws to pull out the win.
Senior forward Reece Robinson had a game high 18 points, 15 of which were in the first half, to lead the Cougars. Ihrp raguindin scored 13 for Service as well.
Service will face Thunder Mountain at 4:40 today.
MONROE 81 THUNDER MOUNTAIN 55
In the night cap the Monroe Rams put their full court pressure defense and fast paced transition offense on display in front of their home crowd against the Falcons.
The Rams didn't waste any time as they got off to a hot start which was something they didn't do against West back in mid-December. Jalon McCullough was the catalyst scored five of the Rams first seven points. Monroe started the game on a 12-2 run and were up 23-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Monroe blew the doors open with a 32 point second quarter and when this one 81-55.
McCullough hit four threes and had a game high 22 points in about three quarters of action. Tyler Wells scored 14 and Scooter Bynum added 12 points. Jacob Calloway scored a team high 20 points for the Falcons.
Monroe will play Palmer tonight at 8 p.m.