ACC women beat Hawks for home win

News Photo by James Andersen Alpena’s Dakota Prevo (44) puts up a shot over Henry Ford’s Brailyn Hill during the first half of a women’s basketball game on Saturday at Park Arena.

The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team was finally rewarded for its hard work on Saturday.

Shelby Seaver scored 23 points, Dakota Prevo added 21 and the Lumberjacks played one of their best games of the season en route to a 77-65 over Henry Ford at Park Arena.

The win was ACC’s first win in nearly three weeks and second overall on the season.

In a game where emotions ran high at times, the Lumberjacks (2-16) kept their cool and turned in one of their best efforts of the year, making key shots when they needed to, sinking free throws and limiting their turnovers.

“Turnovers have been an issue in the past and (today) we had more control with the ball,” Prevo said. “That’s what helped put us over the edge tonight; having that key basket, that certain moment really put us over the edge and gave us that extra boost of adrenaline to keep pushing.”

After going back and forth with the Hawks early in the third quarter, ACC took the lead for good after a three-pointer from Prevo. Henry Ford cut ACC’s lead to one two different times in the third quarter and got to within five points of the lead four different times in the fourth quarter.

Henry Ford got close, but at the end of the game ACC was left standing as the victor.

It was a welcome relief for the Lumberjacks, who have been on the other side of that equation too many times for their liking this season.

“It was a long time coming. We’ve been working really hard this season and we needed this one bad,” Prevo said. “That’s the hardest part of the game is getting over that hump. We’ve been on a losing streak lately, so having this really good win with the team working hard and feeding off each other is really helpful.”

A three-pointer from Mariah Mitchell made it 61-57 with 3:05 to play, but the Lumberjacks responded with a six-point burst that pushed the lead to 10. ACC cashed in at the free throw line, especially in the second half as the Hawks were dealt a handful of technical fouls.

Mitchell’s apparent celebration after her three-pointer resulted in a tech and the Hawks were whistled for another just 20 seconds later. Henry Ford was whistled for another one with just six seconds to play as emotions continued to run high as the game wound down to the final minutes.

“It was kind of hard to (keep cool) with all the techs, but Coach (Bobby Allen) kept us focused and (kept) our heads in the game,” Prevo said.

ACC went 22-for-30 from the charity stripe in the victory. Henry Ford went 6-for-9 at the line in the first half, but struggled in the second half and finished 11-for-26.

Mitchell led the Hawks with 21 points and Michelle Vaughn added 11.

In addition to big games from Seaver and Prevo, the Lumberjacks got 15 points from Taylor Livingston, seven from Kyra Feighner and five from Brooke Nguyen.

The Lumberjacks led by as many nine in the first half, but the Hawks’ strategy of drawing contact and getting to the line worked well. ACC was limited to one basket in the final 2:34 of the first half and the Hawks took the lead at halftime after Taylor Robinson hit a step-back jumper with 19 seconds left, giving the Hawks a 34-32 lead.

ACC quickly took the lead back in the third quarter, but the lead changed five times in the first six minutes. Prevo’s triple put ACC ahead for good, but the Lumberjacks made several key buckets down the stretch to stay ahead.

With Henry Ford trailing by one later in the period, Abby Larsen hit a jumper from the free throw line over a defender. Then with Henry Ford getting close again early in the fourth quarter, Prevo drove the baseline for a reverse layup, extending ACC’s lead to six.  

ACC plays at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Clair.

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BOX SCORE: Field goals made/Free throws made/Free throws attempted/Total Points

ALPENA (77): D. Prevo 8 4-4 21; S. Seaver 7 9-13 23; B. Nguyen 2 0-0 5; T. Livingston 4 5-6 15; K. Feighner 3 0-0 7; E. Jore 0 4-7 4; A. Larsen 1 0-0 2.

HENRY FORD (65): M. Mitchell 8 2-6 21; T. Robinson 5 1-5 11; A. Davis 3 2-3 8; M. Vaughn 2 2-6 6; B. Hill 2 2-3 8; K. Harris 1 1-2 4; No. 35 3 1-1 7.