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PREP ROUNDUP: Alpena girls top Tawas; Onaway boys get first win

TAWAS–Jade Schultz scored 19 points, Allie DeRocher added 16–including a 10-of-13 clip from the free throw line–and the Alpena girls basketball team defeated Tawas on Tuesday, 53-43.

Alpena (6-4) won for the third time in four games.

The Wildcats led 18-11 at halftime and surged ahead from there.

“Everybody played and everybody got quality minutes,” Alpena coach Erin Andrews said. “Our defense played good and Ellie Clarke really came up big on the boards for us.”

Alpena hosts Traverse City Central on Friday.

Alpena’s JV team lost to the Braves 33-27. Meeghan Tessmer led Alpena with eight points, Anna Woods added six points and March Wisniewski had five points.

Alcona 62, Fairview 36

FAIRVIEW–The Alcona girls basketball team built a sizable lead early on Tuesday and kept building it en route to a 62-36 win over Fairview.

Liz Henderson had 23 points to lead the Tigers (7-3), Rachel Layton had 12, Megan Grove added 10 and Lily Bilbey chipped in with eight.

Alcona led 23-8 after one quarter, 33-16 at halftime and 50-25 after three quarters.

We had a very good start and built up a lead early on in this one. We also played a very good third quarter which out the game away,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “Liz was outstanding both in the post and running the floor. It was nice to get our offense going a little better tonight.”

Fairview was led by Jaedyn Winton with 16 points and Kaitlyn Bowers added 12.

Alcona hosts Hillman on Friday.

Alcona’s JV team won 34-16 behind eight points from Avery Wrobel, seven from Sierra West and six from Carmen Dellar.

Rogers City 54,

Au Gres 30

ROGERS CITY–Defense paved the way to a Rogers City girls basketball girls basketball victory on Tuesday.

Kyley LaFleche scored 18 points, Karissa Rabeau added 10 and eight of Rogers City’s 10 players scored in a 54-30 win over Au Gres at home.

“The pressure we were able to put on Au Gres (was important),” Rogers City coach Duane Pitts said. “We got out to a double-digit lead at halftime and kept the heat on.”

Rogers City hosts Atlanta on Thursday in a varsity doubleheader. The girls game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys game will follow.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Onaway 72, Bellaire 55

ONAWAY–The Onaway boys basketball team is finally in the win column.

Kevin Pearson scored 30 points, Spencer Nash added 23 and the Cardinals defeated Bellaire 72-55 on Tuesday for their first win of the 2019-20 season.

Pearson’s big second quarter–17 points, including five three-pointers–paved the way a big offensive night for Onaway (1-6), which led 15-14 after one quarter, 39-30 at halftime and 54-40 after three quarters.

Jager Mix added 12 points and Austin Nash had six.

“Defensively, we played really great and moved well. We cut down on turnovers and we hit some shots,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said. “We haven’t been able to hit shots and we had guys hitting tonight. Kevin controlled that second quarter and we played four quarters of solid basketball.”

Onaway plays at Johannesburg-Lewiston on Thursday.

Cedarville 60,

Hillman 37

HILLMAN — The three ball hurt the Hillman boys basketball on Tuesday as the Cedarville Trojans came in and shot the lights out, draining 12 threes in a 60-37 victory over the Tigers.

Hillman (3-5) trailed 30-21 at the half, but got outscored 25-5 in the third as the Trojans buried six triples in the quarter.

“It was just too much for us to absorb tonight,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. “Defensively we weren’t there and we just have to put this one behind us and move on.”

Trey Paquin led all scorers with a game high 20 points for the Trojans as he connected on five three pointers in the contest.

Gunner Mellingen paced the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Hillman will take on Alcona on Thursday.