Tigers roll past Mio
By JONNY ZAWACKI
News Sports Writer
LINCOLN – The Alcona girls basketball team came into Thursday nights North Star League matchup against Mio riding a four game winning streak and celebrated parents night by getting off to a hot start early to cruise to a 64-36 victory over Mio at Alcona High School.
The Tigers wasted to time lighting up the scoreboard, scoring the games first six points in 12 seconds, forcing Mio to call a quick timeout.
Alcona continued to put points on the board and got off to a 12-0 lead and controlled the rest of the game.
The Thunderbolts did all they could, after trailing by nine at the end of the first quarter, Mio added four quick points early in the second quarter to cut the deficit to just five, but that would be as close as the Tigers would let it get on this night.
Alcona got hot yet again and ended the first half on a 18-2 run to take a 21 point lead into the half.
The Tigers were able to distribute the ball well and get everyone involved through the first half as Taylor Livingston scored eight points, Brittany Decker added seven points and both Tori Harmon and Kendra LaFave chipped in with four points in the offensive outburst to help give Alcona a big lead at the break.
The Tigers continued to roll in the second half, scoring points seemingly at will and finding easy ways to put the ball in the basket and were able to outscore the Thunderbolts in each quarter to come away with the lopsided victory in a special night on their home floor.
“After getting off to a couple sluggish starts it was good to get off to a fast start tonight. We set the tempo early on offense and we were very successful on our offensive attack,” Alcona coach Brad Cole said.
Livingston led the way for the Tigers pouring in 16 points in the game. Tori Harmon put together a superb all around performance, filling the stat sheet with 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and six steals. Brittany Decker added 11 points of her own in the win for Alcona.
With the loss, Mio falls to 5-8 overall and 3-7 in league play. the Thunderbolts will have a difficult task in trying to bounce back from this loss tonight when they travel to Hillman on Monday for another league matchup.
Alcona improves to 9-4 overall and remains right near the top on the league standings with a 7-1 conference record. The Tigers will also be in action on Monday and will look to keep their winning streak alive when they travel to Rogers City to take on the Hurons in a North Star League tilt.
The Alcona JV team also earned a big victory on Thursday night, defeating Mio by a final score of 27-6. Brianna Fogle led the way for Alcona, scoring seven points in the winning effort.
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