Lathrop girls take Holiday Classic Title; Ella Roberts named MVP

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Lathrop Malemutes were able to earn the Girls' championship at the Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament with a dominant 58-28 win over Valdez.
Torrin Johnson-Oats led the Malemutes in scoring with a 13 point performance, while Ella Roberts also earned double-digit points, finishing with 12.
The Bucs were led by an 11 point night from Reese King.
The Malemutes finished their tournament stay with a perfect 3-0 record, including a 52-47 win over Colony, a 47-35 win over Monroe, and Saturday's 30 point championship victory.
Lathrop's lone senior Olivia Kraska talks about her team's dominant tournament stay.

"It's amazing. All of us have been working so hard since August getting ready for this season," said Olivia Kraska. "Ella... All of our guards, they work so hard on their shot. We get in before practice and get on the shooting machine after practice. And we all just get along so well and I absolutely love it."

In the boy's title game, the Colony Knights were victorious over the Monroe Catholic Rams by a score of 50-37.
Colony's Colton Spencer earned a spot on the all-tournament team along with teammates Sullivan Menard, Jeremiah Hersrud, and tournament MVP Patrick McMahon.
The Rams saw Isaac Garcia and Izak Lohrke earn spots along with Lathrop's Jhon Rones.
On the Girls team, Tournament MVP Ella Roberts, Olivia Kraska, and Torrin Johnson-Oates represented Lathrop while Grace Hodges earned the lone spot for Monroe Catholic.