Lathrop sweeps North Pole in MAC Basketball double-header

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Lathrop Malemute Basketball teams hosted the North Pole Patriots in a Mid Alaska Conference double header.
The Malemutes were able to earn a sweep on their senior night, starting with a 57-29 win in the Girls game. ​
Lathrop jumped out to a 24-4 lead to set the tone early, and never let up from there.​
Lianna Tuck led the home team with a 15 point performance while Ella Roberts finished with 13. ​
Breeauna Orear led the Patriots with an 11 point effort. We talked to Lathrop's lone senior, Olivia Kraska, after the game about her time with the Malemutes and how her team feels moving forward. ​
"We just came back from a great couple of games down in Anchorage. We've just been working so hard and I'm really excited to see where this is going to take us to regional. I'm just so excited that I chose to go to Lathrop. I went to Tanana Middle School and I wasn't sure about whether I was going to play High School Basketball. I really wanted to go to Lathrop and everyone was like, 'Maybe not.' But I'm so glad I came here. Coach Dave has done an amazing job with the program and I plan on doing big things in Basketball so I'm just so happy that I came here," said Kraska.
The Boys game saw an equal level of dominance from the home team with an 83-43 win for the Malemutes.
The Mutes scored 25 points in each of the first three quarters, and then topped it off with an 8 point effort in the fourth to secure the conference victory. ​
Senior Michael Fernandez made his presence known on senior night with a 24 point performance while Mekhi Briggman finished with 10. ​
That 24 point effort was a careeer high for Fernandez. ​
The Patriots were led by a 16 point night from Kenny Peterson. ​
We caught up with Fernandez after the closing game, and his teammates were equally as enthusiastic about his big scoring effort. ​​
"It's just natural for me. I've always played big. Chris Johnson has been my coach since I can remember. And he just taught me everything I know. They're really fun. They're wild. I consider them my brothers and I'm sad that I have to leave them this year," said Fernandes.
Next up for these teams, North Pole will host West Valley tomorrow night while Lathrop will play the Wolfpack on Friday night.