Time and time again Schoolcraft made a run at the lead during a women's basketball game on Wednesday and time and time again the Alpena Community College women's basketball team was there to stop the Ocelots.
Five players scored in double figures and the Lumberjacks snapped a three-game losing streak with an 80-73 win over Schoolcraft at Park Arena.
The Lumberjacks (7-13, 4-9 MCCAA Eastern) led by one point at halftime and held off the Ocelots several times in the second half. ACC quashed a rally midway through the second half and eventually pulled away.
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Alpena’s Ashleigh Monticello (21) drives to the basket while being defended by Schoolcraft’s Teniece Roberts during a women’s basketball game on Wednesday at Park Arena.
"We came out really strong and kept playing really hard; a lot better than we had and we had lots of fun," ACC freshman Sandy Bischoff said.
Ashleigh Monticello led ACC with 17 points, Anna Carrick had 14, Courtney Holmes chipped in with 12, Whitney Frazier added 11 and Bischoff had 10.
The two sides briefly traded the lead early in the second half, but ACC pulled out to a 50-42 advantage with 13:07 left. Schoolcraft cut the lead to four before ACC put together a 14-1 run to take a 64-47 lead with 6:47 to play.
Schoolcraft had one last rally to give and the Ocelots cut a 75-57 ACC lead to eight with 1:55 remaining after Tabitha Mann scored several buckets in the paint as part of a 10-0 Schoolcraft stretch.
ACC stuffed the rally once more and held the Ocelots scoreless for most of the remaining time to preserve the win.
The win came as a welcome relief to the Lumberjacks who had lost their previous three games by double digits including an 80-38 at the hands of Kirtland last weekend.
"It was definitely a good win for us because we want to go to the playoffs, so we're just looking for more wins," Bischoff said.
Schoolcraft jumped out a 10-4 lead to begin the game, but ACC rallied and overtook the Ocelots with a 12-0 run which put the Lumberjacks ahead 15-10 with 13:24 left.
ACC kept the lead the rest of the half despite the play of Schoolcraft sophomore guard Briana Berberet, who led the Ocelots with 29 points. Berberet was deadly from three-point range in the first half, going 4-for-6 from behind the arc, but she was scoreless from three-point range in the second half and missed several shots late in the game from far out.
Mann added 14 points for Schoolcraft and Chelsea Wesley had nine.
A triple from Alexis Smith with 4:56 left in the half, but Schoolcraft to within five, 28-23, but Carrick answered with a trey to keep ACC comfortably ahead. Berberet's last trey and a follow-up basket from Mann made it 33-30 with 1:10 left and the Ocelots scored once more to send ACC to halftime clinging to a 33-32 lead.
Carrick performance on Wednesday drew praises from her teammates and coaches alike.
"She's definitely got her post moves down, she's become a lot better shooter and she's posting up really good," Bischoff said of Carrick.
Berberet scored the first basket of the second half to give the Ocelots the lead, but ACC responded and took the lead for good with 16:21 after a basket from Kayla Shepard and a three-pointer from Holmes on the next possession gave ACC a 46-40 advantage.
ACC plays at Henry Ford on Saturday.
ALPENA (80):A. Carrick 7 0-2 14; S. Bischoff 3 4-6 10; W. Frazier 4 1-3 11; A. Nowak 2 2-2 6; K. Shepard 3 0-1 6; A. Monticello 6 3-6 17; S. Kolb 1 0-0 3; M. Myers 0 0-2 0; C. Holmes 4 1-2 12; E. Nowak 1 0-0 2.
SCHOOLCRAFT (73): A. Smith 3 0-2 7; T. Mann 5 4-8 14; B. Berberet 12 1-4 29; S. Gammons 3 1-3 8; T. Roberts 3 0-0 6; C. Wesley 2 5-7 9.
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