High school basketball action returns to the court with a plethora of games over the weekend

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - This past weekend saw basketball return to the courts, as multiple teams battled in some tough matchups.
Starting with the Eielson Ravens, the Dirty Birds opened their two game series with the Galena Hawks, and did so with a dominant 52-30 Game 1 victory.
Matthew Scarboro dropped 18 on the Hawks, while football star Brock Renson knocked in 14.
Charles Carlo scored 12 for the Hawks, but it wasn't enough to offset the ferocious defense that the Eielson Ravens displayed.
Game 2 was a lot more competitive, as the Ravens fought hard to win 48-40 over their Aurora Conference foes.
Christian Bolton scored 13 against the Hawks, while Matthew Scarboro chipped in 11.
Galena had a nice balance on offense with Charles Carlo, Kevin Bergman and Koby Wightman scoring eight apiece.
The Dirty Birds start their year 2-0 and will look forward to the matchup on Friday at home against the West Valley Wolfpack where they will face there former head coach, Colton Growden.
Meanwhile in Boileau Hall, the Monroe Catholic Rams hosted the Glennallen Panthers for a two game series, and they started off on the right note routing the Panthers 58-41.
The Rams struggled with foul trouble, but they bounced back with Isaac Garcia getting 21 points as the team had 21 fouls called against them.
Game 2 was a better showing the Rams' defense, as they locked down Glennallen to win 57-34.
Gabe Silas showcased 21 points, while Garcia and Izak Lohrke combined for 25.
The Rams start their year 2-0 and now prepare for the Monroe Mt. McKinley Holiday Classic on January 3.
Now looking at West Valley Invitational, the North Pole Patriots had a rough time going 0-3.
The Pats went into Day 2 with the task of taking on the Valdez Buccaneers, and the Bucs handled their business winning 86-30.
Valdez's Bennet Hinkle scored 21, while Logan Heckathorn dropped 17 as North Pole had no answer for the inside out game.
Alex Garcia led the Patriots with 15, while Kenny Peterson scored eight.
Then on Day 3, North Pole had trouble finding footing against the South Anchorage Wolverines as they lost 61-15.
South's Reece Ivanoff wrecked the Pats with 24 points, mostly coming from inside the paint.
Garcia led them once again, scoring six on Saturday.
The West Valley Wolfpack had a much better time, going 1-2 in the tournament.
They fell in the final game against Valdez 68-65, as they hung in tightly despite the Bucs' three point shooting.
Demarcus Davis finished with 17 points, while Terrell Peter got 14.
North Pole now prepares for their matchup with the Hutchison Hawks, while the Wolfpack host the Eielson Ravens.
This past weekend saw the start of girls' high school basketball action, with five of our six teams here in the Interior taking it to the courts.
We start with the Lathrop Malemutes, who battled against the Hutchison Hawks this past weekend winning 66-45, saw their offense start on their right foot with both Ella Roberts and Lucia Antolin Perez scoring 15 points apiece.
They also got 10 from River Wiseman and their senior forward Olivia Kraska scored eight.
The Hawks got a good night from Bri Majors who scored 17, but now Hutch will look to regroup for matchup on Friday against the North Pole Patriots, while the Malemutes go Monroe Mt. McKinley Holiday Classic starting on January 3.
Meanwhile in the state capitol, the North Pole Patriots went head to head against the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears, getting routed on the road 62-32.
Claire Richmond once again led the Pats in scoring, dropping eight on the night.
Their defense was stout in the first half, keeping the Crimson Bears close, trailing only 25-18 at halftime.
However, Juneau's adjustments in the second half proved too much outscoring North Pole 37-14 in the final two quarters.
They start the year 0-2, and will look to rebound on Friday against the Hutchison Hawks in North Pole.
The Monroe Catholic Rams started their season with a sweep over the Glennallen Panthers, taking Game 1 46-15 behind the offensive firepower from Katie Bast.
Bast dropped 25 on the Panthers, while Shelby Eidenmiller scored 11 as the Rams rolled into the next day looking to lock up the series.
And that they did, as Katie Bast posted back to back days with 25 points, and Grace Hodges chipped in 16 to help Monroe close out Glennallen 50-15 at home.
The Rams will take their 2-0 record into 2019 when the host the Holiday Classic starting on January 3.
The Eielson Ravens also started their season, hosting the Galena Hawks for a two game series, but struggled against the Hawks' offensive clinic from Pearle Green.
Green scored 17 points in Game 1, as Galena won 63-22.
Green got some help from Vivian Condello and Katrina Kanrilak as both dropped 10 points apiece.
Game 2 however was tougher for the Dirty Birds, as they fell 65-12 to the Hawks.
Pearle Green scored 25 on the Ravens, while Shelby Killingsworth contributed 14 of her own.
Eielson starts their season 0-2, and will look to bounce back with an appearance in the ACS Tournament starting on January 3 in Anchorage.