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Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 12:14 am

FAIRBANKS — Jess Reiter connected for eight 3-pointers and 34 points to rally the Delta Junction Huskies to a 54-52 win against the Lathrop Malemutes in a girls high school basketball endowment game Friday night in Delta Junction.

“I can’t remember the last time any Delta team, boys or girls, beat Lathrop,” Delta coach Bruce Reiter said following the game. “It was an awesome game, and it sure feels good.”

Delta trailed 13-0 early on and 16-8 after the first quarter, but closed the gap to two points at halftime 30-28 and tied the game at the end of the third quarter at 42-42.

Ironically, Reiter scored just two of her 34 points in the fourth quarter when the Huskies outscored the Malemutes 12-10 to claim the win.

Delta’s Beth Hanson scored six of her 12 points in the fourth quarter.

“Jess had a tremendous first half, but Lathrop did a much better job of covering her in the second half and that allowed us to dump the ball down to Beth in the second half and she did a good job of converting those into baskets.”

Raychel Rivera added six assists for the winners.

Reiter had two 3s in the first quarter, four in the second when she scored 18 of her points, and two more in the third.

Erisha Talley led the Malemutes with 19 points, including all 10 of Lathrop’s points in the fourth quarter.

“She really kept them in the game,” coach Reiter said of Talley. “Every time we would try to pull away, she would hit a big shot and we were right on her.”

Ruthie Hebard added 15 points for the Malemutes, with nine coming in the first quarter.

“Diana Linnik did a good job on her defensively after that,” coach Reiter said. Linnik also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Lathrop’s Jasmine White and Shakira Shaw did not play Friday night.

Endowment games don’t count on a teams overall record, and most of the proceeds from gate receipts go to the Alaska School Activities Association.

Delta Junction returns to the court tonight at Eielson.

Patriots triumph

The North Pole Patriots defeated the Kenai Kardinals 35-20 Friday night in the Kenai River Challenge girls high school basketball tournament and will play the Soldotna Stars for the tournament title this afternoon at Kenai.

The Patriots used a smothering second-half defense, limiting the Kardinals to five points in the final 16 minutes to claim the victory. North Pole led 20-15 at the break.

“We really turned up the defense in the second half,” said North Pole coach Keenan Hollister.

Josie Broderick led the Patriots with 13 points, five rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals. Raegan Smothers contributed 11 points and six steals to the winning effort.

North Pole, 3-1 on the season, will play Soldotna at 1:30 this afternoon. Both teams are 3-0 in the tournament.

Galena wins

The Galena Hawks outscored the Nome Nuggets 16-8 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 63-59 nonconference girls high school basketball victory in Galena.

The Hawks trailed by 12 points and halftime, but closed the gap to 51-47 going into the fourth quarter.

Sarah Buchanan led the Hawks with 16 points, while Shaina Burley added 13 and Bethany Green had 12. Galena nailed 11 3-pointers, including two each by Buchanan, Burley, Kaylena Charlie, Sierra Nickoli and Elizabeth Jerue.

Shayla Johnson led Nome with a game-high 22 points. Devyan Johnson added 13 points and Dylen Johnson had 11.

Monroe falls

The Monroe Catholic Rams dropped a 33-29 nonconference girls high school basketball decision at the Kotzebue Huskies on Friday night.

“It was a tight game all the way,” Monroe coach Leah Stepovich said. “Our defense played well, but we struggled taking care of the ball.”

Sara Hajdukovich led the Rams with 14 points and Delainey Stokes added five. Colleen Snyder set the pace for Kotzebue with a game-high 19 points.

The two teams play again tonight.

“Our goal is to take care of the ball and limit them to one shot,” Stepovich said. “We gave up too many second shots tonight.”

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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