FARIBANKS, Ak-We start off with THE game of the night. In the last game between Delta and Hutchison the Huskies won a buzzer beater. Will lightning strike twice?
We go to Hutchison and right to the fourth quarter where the Hawks trailed by 11 but go on a furious rally led by Darren Silas who had a game high 27 points. His three ball gave Hutchison a 56-54 lead with a little over two minutes left in the game.
Emmanuel Pacheco extends the lead to four with his putback but John Crabtree of Delta ties the game at 60 with 10 seconds to go. Crabtree had 25 for Delta.
Pachecho split two late free throws to set up the final play with 2.3 left. Joseph Byam heaves the ball down court and finds Vald Didenko. The shot goes up and Didenko swishes it home.
Ball game. Its over. Huskie fans storm the court. 15 points for Didenko and none bigger than the last shot.
"I saw number two open down lor, and then I was like two seconds left, I've got to shoot. So I just prayed and shot. Yeah, I saw it," Didenko said.
Hutchison head coach Marcy Williamson says her team has nothing to be ashamed about even though it was a heartbreaking loss on senior night.
"When you play close games like this, this is what makes you win those close games in regionals, because you don't like this taste in your mouth. But I don't feel like we lost, we just ran out of time," Williamson said.
It was a nail biter in the girls too. In the fourth quarter with few minutes remaining freshman Taylor Hasting hits a three to give the Hawks a 28-27 lead. But Jess Reiter who hit 15 points responds with a sky hook and Delta is back up. Then some great ball movement finds Vanessa Hasting who hits the go ahead clutch shot for the Hawks with 10 seconds left. Delta can't hit their last shot and Hutchison wins in a defensive struggle 32-31 over the Huskies on senior night.
Hutch is now 7-2 in conference and 15-5 overall. Senior Mimi Wood also scored 15 and is happy about the win.
"I was glad that my girl V was down there to hit the last minute shot. She did it against them in the last game, so I was just proud. I'm really sad that it's my last game. I love Hutch and they're like a big family for me," Wood said.
And here are more scores for high school basketball. The Monroe Rams swept the Ravens.
The girls won 45-28 behind Alexis Gavora's 12 points. The Monroe boys cruised to a 70-26 win with Mike Hale scoring 11 points.
In 2A action the Effie Kokrine Warriors lose to the Nenana Lynx again.
The girls were downed 67-13 and the boys team fell 63-5.
Price Leavitt scored a game high 22 and Derick Terry added 21 for the Warriors.