Fourth quarter struggles cost ACC women in loss

News Photo by James Andersen Alpena’s Jasmyn Schultz, center, shoots the ball while being defended by Bay Community College players Jordan Belleville (22) and Keshia Davis during the first half of a women’s basketball game on Monday at Park Arena.

A strong fourth quarter push by Bay College was too much for the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team to overcome on Monday.

Jordan Kraemer scored 20 points and the Norse toppled the Lumberjacks 57-49 at Park Arena.

Both teams played to a 41-41 tie through three quarters, but the Norse’s ability to disrupt ACC’s offense, make timely shots and get to the free throw line ultimately paved their way to victory. Over the last 10 minutes, the Norse outscored ACC 16-7.

ACC (2-18) struck first in the fourth quarter after Taylor Livingston drained a three-pointer just 15 seconds in. From there however, the game belonged to the Norse, who went on a 13-0 run to take the lead for good.

Jordan Belleville added eight points and Kaitlyn Hardwick had seven as 10 different players scored for the Norse in the victory.

After hanging with the Norse for three quarters, the Lumberjacks had no answer for them in the final period. Too often the Lumberjacks missed easy shots, missed rebounds on both ends or turned the ball over too easily. ACC also ran into foul trouble and had two players foul out in the fourth quarter.

While the Norse were able to make enough shots on the other end to pull ahead, ACC didn’t score again until there was 2:54 left in the contest; a span of almost seven minutes.

Livingston led ACC with 13 points, Jasmyn Schultz added 12 and Brooke Nguyen and Dakota Prevo each had nine.

Bay College led 29-26 at halftime and got an instant boost from Kraemer, who was forced to sit most of the second quarter with foul trouble. Just 22 seconds into the third quarter, Kraemer caught a pass in the paint, spun around an ACC defender and laid the ball in for a score, extending Bay College’s lead to five.

Bay College pushed its lead to as many as seven early in the third quarter, but ACC found a grove midway through the period and battled back to within a few points of the lead over several minutes. The Lumberjacks pulled ahead briefly on a three-pointer from Emma Jore with 1:30 left, but the Norse took the lead back after Brooke Dalgord went 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

Livingston completed a three-point play with 13.2 seconds left in the quarter, tying the game for the final time.

Kraemer got hot early and scored 10 of Bay College’s first 12 points as the Norse built a 12-8 lead after one quarter.

The Lumberjacks kept things close and played its best stretch of the game midway through the second quarter. After running into some turnover troubles in the first quarter, ACC played more aggressive in the second quarter, forcing Bay College into turnovers situations and making smart passes to open players in the paint. It paid off offensively as Livingston completed a three-point play and Prevo scored three points to give ACC a 20-17 lead with 5:33 left.

Just as quickly as ACC took the lead, the Norse snatched it back and pushed their lead up to as many as seven late in the quarter.

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

BAY COLLEGE (57): J. Kraemer 7 6-8 20; M. Ackerman 0 1-2 1; J. Belleville 4 0-0 8; P. Welch 1 0-0 3; K. Ackerman 0 2-2 2; K. Hardwick 2 3-4 7; J. Wickman 2 0-0 5; H. Trudell 1 0-0 3; B. Dalgord 1 4-4 6; T. Hunter 1 0-3 2.

ALPENA (49): J. Schultz 4 4-7 12; T. Livingston 5 2-2 13; E. Jore 1 3-4 6; B. Nguyen 4 0-0 9; D. Prevo 4 1-2 9.