Monroe and West Valley boys advance to consolation finals in state basketball tournament

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The opening round of the state basketball championships came to a close last night.
Our final interior team in action was the West Valley Boys, who fell to the Colony Knights.
Colony advanced to the Semi-finals with a 61-44 win over the Wolfpack.
This one started off close with Colony only holding a 31-24 lead after the first half.
Colony went off for a 20-8 effort in the third quarter, and then held the pack off in the fourth to secure the win.
That sent the Wolfpack down to consolation play, which started this morning.
The West Valley boys were then able to survive elimination with a 50-44 win over the Palmer Moose.
Palmer led 20-17 at the end of the first half, but the Pack were able to outscore the Moose 18-15 in the third quarter, and then secured the win with a 15-9 effort in the fourth.
Demarcus Davis and Dylan Erhart shared the scoring lead, both dropping 14 points.
West Valley will now play East Anchorage, who were stunned by the 8th seed Ketchikan Kings in their tournament opener, for fourth place
Our first elimination game of the day saw Monroe Catholic also stay alive with a 65-51 win over the defending state champion Barrow Whalers.
Izak Lohkre led Monroe in this one with 18 points while Isaac Garcia added 17, and Quinn McHenry dropped 12.
Barrow was led by a 14 point night from Brendon Matthews.
The West Valley girls were not able to avoid elimination, falling to the Wasilla Warriors 55-48.
Olivia Davies had a monster game for Wasilla, finishing with 20 points.
The Wolfpack were led by Ellen Silva, who dropped 16 in the season finale for the West Valley Girls.