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Monroe Girls reach state basketball tournament for the first time since 2011

Published: Mar. 13, 2021 at 6:35 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Monroe Catholic Girls continue to make history. In a season where they defeated a pair of local 4A programs for the first time in 15 years, the Rams have punched their ticket to the Alaska High School Class 3A State Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2011.

As they have all year, Monroe relied on strong guard play in a 71-35 win over the Valdez Buccaneers in the Aurora Conference Championship game Friday. Sophomore Maggie Zaverl poured in a game-high 20 points, junior guard Katie Bast dropped 18, while fellow backcourt member Shelby Eidenmiller added 10 in the convincing victory. Now, the Monroe Girls basketball program is headed to the state tournament for the first time in a decade.

“You know this is huge for the girls program, it’s awesome,” Bast said after the win. “Last year, we weren’t given the chance, shoutout to Grace Hodges, she should have been in this game. I’m so blessed to be playing right now and going to state.”

“It means a lot, we’ve been working hard for this,” added Eidenmiller. “We didn’t get the opportunity last year, but we came out better and stronger.”

The Rams will compete at the state tournament for the first time since 2011 and last won the Aurora Conference Tournament dating back even further. Though the Bucs fell in the championship game, they defeated the Hutchison Hawks 56-26 to earn the second berth out of the conference.

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