Alcona cruises to Senior Night victory over Cardinals
LINCOLN — Five seniors were honored before the Alcona girls basketball team took the court on Monday against Whittemore-Prescott.
Playing on Senior Night gave the Tigers and the home crowd an added boost as they cruised to a 51-33 win.
“It’s always special when you can win on senior night. It was also special that we could get our seniors quite a bit of playing time tonight because not all of them play a lot, but they all did their job and I was proud of all of them,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said.
Taylor Livingston, Janelle Carpenter, Layla Carriveau, Abby Lobaugh and Ugna Jargaityte were each honored by their coaches, teammates and received an ovation from the home crowd and all five of the seniors responded and ended a special night with a basket apiece in the winning effort.
Lobaugh was the final senior to score as she made a layup with 2:20 left in the game in what were the Tigers’ final points of the night.
“That was wonderful. I’m really glad that they could go out that way and everyone score. I wasn’t aware of that at the time, but it was nice when I found out. I’m really happy for all of them,” Feldhiser said.
The Tigers got off to a hot start as they opened the game scoring 14 of the first 16 points and they never looked back.
After holding a ten point lead after one quarter, Alcona continued to build on its lead and eventually took a comfortable 30-17 lead into the half.
The Tigers made seven three point shots on the night and played solid on the defensive end and rebounded well the entire night. It was a true team effort as 11 of the 12 players on Alcona’s roster cracked the scoring column and everyone contributed strong minutes in the win as the team bounced back after dropping its last two games.
“We played decent in our last two games and I wasn’t really worried about how we were playing. It was important to get back in the win column and it was nice to play Whittemore because we will play them again in districts,” Feldhiser said. “We needed to come out and play a good game against them tonight and I thought we did that. Everyone got some playing time in front of a nice home crowd so it was a good win for us.”
The Tigers allowed just four points in the third quarter and put the game away as they took a 43-21 lead into the fourth quarter and finished the game strong.
Faith Wallenmaier paced Alcona with 12 points on the night. Megan Grove finished with nine points and Hailee Gordy and Brianna Fogle each added six points apiece.
Whittemore was led by Caitlin Liddell who scored 12 points. Brooke Kile added seven points and Hannah Hudson chipped in with six points.
The Tigers improve to 10-7 overall on the year and are 8-5 in North Star League play.
BOX SCORE: Field goals made/Free throws made/Free throws attempted/Total points
ALCONA (51): M. Grove 5 0-0 9; T. Livingston 1 1-2 3; J. Carpenter 1 0-0 2; L. carriveau 1 0-0 2; A. Franklin 1 0-0 2; B. Fogle 2 1-2 6; H. Gordy 2 0-0 6; F. Wallenmaier 5 0-0 12; K. Tompkins 1 0-0 3; U. Jargaityte 1 0-0 2; A. Lobaugh 1 0-0 2.
WHITTEMORE-PRESCOTT (33): C. Liddell 4 2-2 12; L. Hart 1 0-0 2; M. Schmidt 0 2-4 2; B. Kile 2 3-4 7; M. Broughton 0 2-2 2; H. Hudson 3 0-0 6; S. Yorton 1 0-0 2.