The Thunder Mountain girl’s basketball team lost their second close game in a row on their current four-game road trip through Fairbanks, falling 51-42 to the North Pole Patriots on Thursday while the boys toppled the Fairbanks’ powerhouse 55-46.
“Tonight’s game was a well fought game,” TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said. “We were scrappy, diving on the ground, and pushing the ball every chance we had. We just ran out of time.”
A slow first quarter put the Falcons behind 18-9 but Ashley Young accounted for eight of the TMHS points.
Another slow surge in the second quarter saw just four points on the Falcons side of the scoreboard includiong Janelle Staveland’s deep triple.
“Tonight was a fun game to play,” Staveland said. “We got down by 18 but we never gave up. Everybody was fired up and kept attacking the basket especially in the fourth quarter. Everyone contributed tonight.”
Said Eyerus Tingley, “I thought we started the game with good energy and as the game went on we picked up the intensity and kept fighting until the end.”
Added Michaela Demmert, “I’m proud of the team for staying in the game and not giving in when we were down. We raised the intensity and definitely left a mark on the court in the end.”
The Falcons trailed 28-13 starting the third quarter and 39-23 beginning the fourth.
“Shayla Reeves off the bench in the fourth quarter was just the spark that we were looking for,” Nizich said. “Offensively and defensively Shayla got work done tonight.”
The Falcons scored 19 points in the final stanza but fell short.
Young led with 12 points, Staveland added nine, Reeves seven, Ava Tompkins five, Tingley three, Sarah Morris, Cheyenne Ekis and Demmert two each.
TMHS hit 10-22 at the charity stripe, North Pole went 6-14. Willow Stewart led the Patriots with 15 points, Alicia Unze added 14.
Thunder Mountain boys 55, North Pole 46
Jacob Calloway scored 16 points and Ben Jahn added 14 as the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons boys toppled Fairbanks powerhouse North Pole 55-46 on Thursday night.
The second fast paced game in a row, with two more to go, did not slow down the Falcons.
TMHS took a 10-7 first quarter lead and held a 24-23 advantage into halftime.
After a nine-point third stanza with great defense that held the Patriots to just seven points, Thunder Mountain exploded for 22 fourth quarter points.
Sam Jahn added eight for the Falcons, Ty Grussendorf seven, Vili Tupou five and Matt Seymour two. TMHS hit 17-25 at the free throw line, North Pole went 7-12. Anthony Gibson led the Patriots with 13 points and Austin McCoy added 12.
The Falcons girls and boys play West Valley tonight.
On Wednesday the boys topped Delta 73-59. Sam Jahn led with 18 points, Mike Uddipa and Ben Jahn added 15 apiece, Josh Tupou and Jacob Calloway seven each, Vili Tupou six, Ty Grussendorf three, and Rohan Kishore two.