The Lathrop Malemutes sweep North Pole on Senior Night

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Lathrop Malemutes hosted the North Pole Patriots for some Mid Alaska Conference basketball, as the boys' team used a staunch defense and a little bit of senior magic to knock off the Pats.
Lathrop won 83-43 over North Pole thanks in large part to Michael Fernandes who scored a career high 24 points to help pace the Malemutes' offense.​
Kenny Petersen dropped 16 for the Patriots, as their offense found it difficult to work through Lathrop's half court defense.​
Alex Garcia scored 14 for the Pats, while Lathrop as a team went 13-21 from the free throw line.​
Both programs will see each other again next week in the first round of the Mid Alaska Conference Tournament.​
The Malemutes celebrated the careers of Kyler Hall, Jayce Johnson and Fernandes as the three seniors played their final regular season home game for the Purple and Gold.​
Fernandes spoke after the MAC game about scoring a career high 24 points.​
"It feels amazing, highest I've had since for awhile, and this year was the first time for me on varsity but it felt amazing doing it," said Fernandes.
The Lathrop Malemutes girls' program celebrated senior night on their home court with the final regular season home game of Olivia Kraska's high school career.​
The senior scored 7 points en route to Lathrop's 57-29 victory over the Patriots.​
Lianna Tuck was on fire on the fast break getting 15 points for Lathrop, while Ella Roberts dropped 13.​
North Pole was led by Bree O'Rear as she scored 11.​
The Pats had a hard time getting through Lathrop's defense, as these two will once again face off next week for the semifinal of the Mid Alaska Conference Championships.​
Kraska spoke after the game about her time in the purple and gold and her next chapter in life. ​
"We just came back from a great couple games down in Anchorage and we have just been working so hard and I am really excited to see where this takes us to regionals."​
"It's looking like college basketball soon, I've got a couple of things I need to take care of before I can sign , but I do plan to sign with a Division III school and possibly a Division II school and in the next couple of weeks and we'll just see where it goes but Im do plan on signing," said Kraska.