GAYLORD-The third quarter did in the Alpena girls basketball team on Tuesday.
Ahead 19-10 at halftime thanks to a solid defensive effort, the Wildcats found themselves outscored 26-10 in the third quarter and ultimately lost 45-33 to Gaylord in a Big North game.
The Blue Devils hit five triples in the third quarter and held a 36-29 advantage at the end of the period.
"In the second half, they came out and broke our press," Alpena coach Jenny Poli said. "They had three kids who hit three-pointers and it didn't matter who were trying to guard."
The return of Mackenzie Edwards and Maddie Hamilla to Gaylord's lineup also bouyed the Blue Devils as the duo combined for 27 points. Edwards led the Blue Devils with 16 points and Hamilla added 11.
Alpena (2-4 overall, 1-3 Big North) got off to a fast start and led 11-5 after the first quarter thanks to 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. The Wildcats also did a nice job defensively, holding Gaylord to five points in each of the first two quarters.
"In the first half our defense was incredible," Poli said. "Offensively, we were driving the hole pretty well."
Christina Kollien and Emma Strong each had seven points for Alpena.
The Wildcats host Cadillac on Thursday.
Alpena's JV team lost 40-25. Adrianna Hatch led the Wildcats with eight points.
The Wildcats' freshmen team picked up a 60-20 win and every player on the roster scored. Chloe Ferguson led Alpena with 13 points.
FAIRVIEW-The Fairview girls basketball team pulled within six points of the lead late in a North Star League game against Hillman on Tuesday, but ultimately fell to the Tigers 46-37 at Fairview High School.
Jensen Tchorzynski scored 16 points and Morgan Hardies added 13 points for the Tigers (5-4 overall, 5-1 NSL), who led 18-14 at the half, but faced some pressure from the Eagles in the second half. Hillman outscored Fairview 13-9 in the third quarter and 15-14 in the final period.
"It wasn't our best basketball tonight, but it's a road win and that's all we can ask for," Hillman coach John Kuzewski said.
Fairview pulled to within six points of the lead with a few minutes to play, but couldn't pull any closer to challenge for the lead.
"It was pretty close. We had to within six with a couple of minutes to go, but we couldn't pull it out," Fairview coach Marc Winton said. "We played a lot better than we have been though."
Logan Winton led Fairview with 11 points.
Fairview hosts Mio on Friday while Hillman hosts Posen on Friday.
MANCELONA-The Onaway boys basketball team got off to a fast start on Tuesday against Mancelona, but couldn't keep the momentum going and suffered its first lost of the season, losing to the Ironmen 66-51.
Onaway (5-1 overall, 4-1 Ski Valley) trailed 33-24 at the half and wasn't able to increase its defensive pressure until late in the second half.
"We came out strong and got a 9-2 lead, but after that they got hot and we got a little lazy on defense," Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said. "We missed a lot of easy buckets underneath the hoop."
Onaway outscored the Ironmen 16-12 in the third quarter, but Mancelona came roaring back to outscore the Cardinals 21-11 in the final period.
Joe O'Bradovich led the Cardinals with 16 points and Andrew Prow hit three triples to finish with nine points.
Brandon Dingman led Mancelona with 32 points.
Onaway travels to Pellston on Friday.
Rogers City earns two league wins, Alpena tops Gaylord
GAYLORD-The Rogers City boys bowling team opened 2013 with a pair of wins during a Northern Michigan Bowling Conference meet in Gaylord on Saturday.
The Hurons (5-0) started the day off with a win over St. Igance, 29.5-0.5.
Rogers City won two baker games 418-257 and added a dominating 1063-580 win in the first regular game. Baily Budnik led the Hurons with a 223, Corey Grulke had a 22, Chris Bark had a 215, Zach Hazel had a 211 and Alex Darga bowled a 192.
In the second regular game, Rogers City won 931-578. Hazel led Rogers City with a 234 and Bark was right behind him at 233. Budnik bowled a 196, Grulke added a 163 and Caleb Rhode bowled a 105.
Rogers City earned its second win of the day over Cheboygan 22-8. In two baker games, the Hurons edged the Chiefs 386-348. In two regular games Rogers City won 1911-1830. In the first regular game, Hazel led the Hurons with a 237. He was followed by Bark (216), Darga (194), Grulke (177) and Budnik (171). In the second regular game, Bark led Rogers City with a 212. Darga bowled a 210, Hazel finished with 190, Grulke added a 153 and Caleb Bailey finished with a 151.
The Alpena boys bowling team defeated Gaylord and is 3-2 on the year. Alpena won 29-1 over the Blue Devils. The Wildcats took two baker games 375-287 and won two regular games 1889-1491. In the first game Alpena won 941-787 and was led by Nick Bisanz who bowled a 225. He was followed by Will Rings (210), Brady Marwede (176), Dalton Schaedig (175) and Glenn Woloszyk (155). In the second regular game, Woloszyk led Alpena with a 208. Rings bowled a 222, Bisanz had 198, Marwede finished with a 169 and Schaedig had a 151.
Rogers City improves to 6-0
GAYLORD-The Rogers City girls team picked up two league wins on Saturday, beating St. Igance 29-1 and Petoskey 19-11 to improve to 6-0.
Against the Saints, Rogers City won two baker games 320-214 and won two regular games 1609-1284. Nicole Bannash was Rogers City's leading bowler in the first regular game with a 191. She was followed by Rebecca Bannasch (174) Anna Lehman (172), Ashley Budnik (156) and Jessica Butera (151). In the second regular game, Lehman led the Hurons with a 186 and was followed by Rebecca Bannasch (161), Nicole Bannasch (146) and Budnik and Adrianna Selke who each bowled a 136.
Rogers City topped Petoskey in two baker games 329-315 and took a 1697-1535 win in two regular games. Budnik led Rogers City in the first regular game with a 197. She was followed by Nicole Bannasch (167), Lehman (152), Rebecca Bannasch (137) and Butera (136). In the second game, three Huron girls topped 200, led by Budnik who finished with a 223. Nicole Bannasch had a 211, Rebecca Bannasch had a 204, Butera had a 153 and Lehman finished with a 117.