FAIRBANKS, Ak-It was a grudge match between the 4A Lathrop Malemutes and 3A Monroe Catholic Rams. It was a tight one but someone had to win. The victor-the Rams. Monroe comes back in the fourth quarter to upend the Malemutes 54-47.
Trailing by five going into the fourth the Rams outscored the Malemutes 22-10 in the final quarter for the win. Four players scored in double digits for Monroe led by Jalon McCullough's 11 points.
Lathrop was led by the one two punch of Gabriel Cunnigham and Everret Green. Cunningham had a game high 14 points while Green added 13 points.
The Lady Malemutes had the blowout of the night with a 53-25 win over the Lady Rams of Monroe. Lathrop was only up seven points at halftime and ran away with this game with a big third quarter.
Ruthie Hebard, the Lathrop freshman, had a monster game with 18 points and 19 rebounds. Erisha Talley chipped in 11 points. Alexis Gavora had a team high 10 points for Monroe.
The Hutchison boys and girls teams displayed some grit and toughness with two nail biter wins.
In the boys' game the Hawks won by just two 63-61 over the Delta Huskies. You'd think Darren Silas, Hutchison's best player, would've had a huge game but the star turned out to be Michael Benson. Benson scored 23 points which included five threes to lead the Hawks in a come from behind win.
Delta had a chance on their last possession but missed the shot and Hutchison survived on the road. Silas did his due dilligence with 15 points. Vlad Didenko had 20 for the Huskies.
The Hutchison girls were in a fight with the Huskies all night with neither team getting an edge until the final seconds when Hutchison's Mimi Wood found Vanessa for the winning bucket in a 35-32 victory.
Wood led Hutchison with 12 points. Hasting finished with nine. Delta's Dianna Linnik do her best for the Huskies with 14 point, 19 rebound performance.
Also in girls basketball the Eielson Ravens lost. The Ravens had 14-11 after the first quarter. Mt. Edgecumbe went on a 12-4 run to take a 23-18 halftime advantage. Mt. Edgecumbe would increase their lead in the second half and win 61-43.
Katie Browder had a good game with 16 points to lead the Ravens and Taryn White of Mt. Edgecumbe matched her with 16 points as well. Scartlett Beaver added 13 for Mt. Edgecumbe in the win.