The Alpena Community College women's basketball team gave itself a perfect ending to 2012.
Clinging to a one-point lead at halftime, the Lumberjacks came out firing in the second half and picked up a 63-52 win over Mid-Michigan at Park Arena on Monday.
Whitney Frazier led the Lumberjacks (4-5) with 13 points, Lauren Seibert added 10 and Katherine Wollan chipped in with nine.
News Photo by James Andersen
Alpena’s Sherri Smith dribbles past a Mid-Michigan defender during the first half of a women’s basketball game Monday at Park Arena. Smith scored eight points in ACC’s 63-52 win.
The Lumberjacks found themselves tied with the Lakes early in the second hald, but slowly began to pull away thanks to some sharp shooting from beyond the arc, steady post play and a defense that buckled down to help lead ACC to its fourth win in six games after starting 0-3.
"It's a good win for the ladies. We had to really get them going because I was seeing the same lackadaisical kind of stuff, but they came back and they did well," ACC coach Bobby Allen said.
The Lumberjacks shot just 6-of-19 from three-point range for the game, but five of those treys came in the second half and helped ACC stretch out what was a thin lead early in the period.
ACC began to pull away with a 12-2 run over a five minute stretch in the second half and held a 40-32 advantage before treys from Frazier, Seibert and Sherri Smith upped the lead to 49-26 with just over eight minutes to play.
Mid-Michigan held its own for most of the period and pulled to within 10 with about six minutes to play, but couldn't match the consistency of ACC's offense. The brightest spot for the Lakers was Alexus Reiss, who used her size and quickness to get inside and led the Lakers with 17 points.
Kayla Caudill added 15 points for Mid-Michigan.
ACC also found success in the post with Wollan and Sarah Cummings among those finding ways to score inside.
"I've got some really good post players and I think we should get it into them as well," Allen said. "I had a rule in practice that none of my girls shoot from the free throw (line and) out, so they weren't shooting, but they came around."
The Lumberjacks got off to a quick start to open the game and led 9-3 with five minutes gone. In the latter part of the half, the Lakers climbed back into the game and two baskets by Reiss with 3:17 left cut ACC's lead to one, 20-19.
A trey from Caudill with 38 seconds left tied the game at 24 before Wollan sank one of two free shots to give ACC a 25-24 halftime lead. The Lakers nearly took the lead in the final seconds of the period when Marlayna Malvich launched a shot at the buzzer that nearly went in.
ACC is off to Jan.5 when it travels to Oakland.
ALPENA (63): Frazier 6 0-1 13; Seibert 4 0-0 10; Smith 3 0-0 8; A. Nowak 2 0-0 4; E. Nowak 0 1-2 1; Burley 1 0-0 2; Cummings 2 1-2 5; Hipkins 2 0-0 5; Monticello 0 6-7 6; Wollan 3 3-4 9.
MID-MICHIGAN (52): Arndt 2 2-4 6; Caudill 5 3-4 15; Barnwell 3 2-2 8; Malvich 0 0-4 0; Reiss 8 1-5 17; White 2 1-2 6.