Balanced scoring leads Wildcats past Gaylord

Courtesy Photo/Gaylord Herald Times Alpena's Taylor Foster (1) attempts to dribble past Gaylord defenders Rebecca Ross (11) and Keigan Dandeneau during a girls basketball game on Thursday at Gaylord High School.

GAYLORD–Balanced scoring and a total team effort paved the way to victory for the Alpena girls basketball team on Thursday.

Kourtney Jones scored 11 points and Emma Jore and Dakota Prevo each added 10 and the Wildcats defeated Gaylord 49-39 in a Big North Conference contest.

Alpena (9-6, 4-4 Big North) trailed 13-11 after one quarter, but battled back to take a 23-22 lead at halftime and pulled away from the Blue Devils in the second half.

“Everybody having a good game (was the key), especially having three scorers in double figures,” Alpena coach Erin Andrews said. “We needed that and we held their top two scorers in check.”

Alpena led 35-27 after three quarters and outscored Gaylord 14-12 in the final eight minutes.

Jade Schultz added seven points for Alpena, Shelby Seaver had six and Maddie Voltz had five.

Becca Ross and Savanah Gapinski scored 15 and five points respectively for Gaylord.

The win moves Alpena into a third place tie with Gaylord in the conference.

“It was good to get another win and have everyone contribute,” Andrews said.

Alpena plays at Tawas on Tuesday.

Alpena’s JV team won 35-14 and had eight different players score in the win. Allie Funk led Alpena with 11 points and Abbie Funk had seven.

Rogers City 51,

W-P 37

WHITTEMORE–Taylor Fleming scored 16 points, Hannah Fleming added 12 and the Rogers City girls basketball team gutted out a 51-37 win over Whittemore-Prescott on Thursday.

Still reeling from illness, the Hurons (12-3, 12-1 North Star League) got off to a slow start, but recovered nicely in the second half to overtake the Cardinals.

Whittemore led 9-4 after one quarter and 21-19 at halftime. The Hurons turned the tables in the second half, outscoring Whittemore 18-5 in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

“I’m not making excuses, but we’re kind of going through some illness issues and we just have to stick with it,” Rogers City coach Duane Pitts said. “It took a whole team effort to pull this one out and we just want to get everybody healthy again.”

Rogers City hosts Mio on Monday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Onaway 80,

Forest Area 72, OT

FIFE LAKE–With another close game in the balance, Trevor Wregglesworth came through for the Onaway boys basketball team.

Wregglesworth 36 points, including seven in overtime, to help the Cardinals beat Fife Lake Forest Area 80-72 on Wednesday.

Onaway (5-8) trailed for most of the game, but played better defensively in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter and rallied to tie the game 69-69 at the end of regulation.

Onaway then outscored the Trojans 11-3 in overtime.

“The defense kept us in it. Our defense was phenomenal in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter. We weren’t getting shots to fall, but we were getting some turnovers,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said.

Onaway trailed by as many as 24 early in the third quarter, but kept pushing.

“I thought we were in pretty good shape. It came down to defense once again,” Szymoniak said. “We hit some big shots too and did a great job (late) of controlling possession.”

Lucas Tollini added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Onaway and Kevin Pearson had 13 points, seven assists and five steals. Wregglesworth added four rebounds and Nick Byrne had nine points and seven rebounds.

Onaway plays at Gaylord St. Mary tonight.