Coming home was just what the Alpena Community College women's basketball team needed.
A day after picking up their first win of the season at home, the Lumberjacks capped the weekend with another win on Saturday, defeating Sault College 68-27 at Park Arena.
The Lumberjacks (2-3) did a good job of distributing the ball during the game and it showed afterwards as all 13 players on the roster scored at least one basket.
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Alpena’s Whitney Frazier takes a shot during the first half of a women’s basketball game Saturday at Park Arena.
"For the girls, confidence-wise, they needed a couple W's, but my main thing is to get them running the offense, which they ran pretty well today," Alpena coach Bobby Allen said. "We got some good shots and they see that when we run our offense, good things can happen."
Whitney Frazier led ACC with 11 points, Allison Burley added nine and Lauren Seibert, Courtanee Stieg and Emily Nowak each scored 8 points.
The Lumberjacks led 34-14 at the half and were never seriously challenged by the Cougars after starting the game on a 12-3 run.
Sault shot under 15 percent from the field for the game, after making just five field goals, but did find some success from the free throw line, going 15-for-21.
Hailey Bornhof led the Cougars with eight points and Keisha Giroux added five.
But ACC's offense simply proved to be too much as the Lumberjacks found success getting the ball inside to players like Nowak and Katherine Wollan or distributing the ball on the perimeter where Stieg, Seibert and Frazier were waiting to knock down shots.
The Lumberacks went on a 10-0 run over a nearly seven-minute period in the first half to built a 24-8 and just kept building from there. ACC put together a 9-0 run midway through the second half as Cougar defenders struggled to stop the Lumberjacks.
Allen worked with a short bench for the first half to work on developing ACC's offense, which left some of the Lumberjacks' more experienced players on the bench. This depth paid off in a big way as it allowed players like Burley to come off the bench and contribute strong defensive minutes for the Lumberjacks, though Burley was also a big offensive contributor. Late in the second half, Stieg also came back into the game to score six straight points for ACC, extending its lead to 60-26 with just over four minutes to play.
"All the girls I put in at the right time, they did a fabulous job," Allen said.
Defensively, the Lumberjacks also had a stellar game, forcing 18 turnovers and outrebounding the Cougars 49-41.
Allen was hopeful that the Lumberjacks' strong defensive effort on Saturday would carry over to Friday when ACC hosts Muskegon.
"Defense was outstanding and they were everywhere," Allen said. "When we play Muskegon next Friday, we just have to be ready. We know what they've got, we know what we have to do, so I think this defense they played today is going to carry over into Friday."
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ALPENA (68): Frazier 5 0-0 11; E. Nowak 4 0-0 8; A. Nowak 1 3-6 5; Seibert 2 3-4 8; Wollan 1 3-4 5; Monticello 1 0-0 2; Stieg 3 2-2 8; Burley 4 1-1 9; Knapp 1 0-1 2; Cummings 1 0-0 2; Sexton 1 1-2 3; Hipkins 1 0-0 2; Smith 1 0-0 3.
SAULT (27): Martella 1 0-0 3; White 0 4-4 4; Bornhof 2 4-6 8; Giroux 0 5-6 5; Scherbak 1 0-0 2; Coulter 0 1-2 1; Greco 1 1-3 4.