LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Hillman hoops teams top Atlanta
Hillman 46, Atlanta 12
Nicole Barbeau scored 15 points and Kailey Brumbelow added nine for the Tigers (3-2), who were playing their second game in as many nights and rebounded from a Thursday loss to Cedarville.
“”We came out flat, but we bounced back for a nice win,” Hillman coach Jenny Taratuta said.
Tanaysja Tidwell led Atlanta (0-4) with six points.
“I think that we got a little intimidated by the Hillman (rivalry) aspect of things,” Atlanta coach Morgan Hardies said. “I kept telling them to play our new Atlanta basketball and Hillman got ahead of us early.”
Oscoda 67, Tawas 25
Macy Kellstrom scored 30 points for the Owls (5-0), who earned their fourth straight win over the Braves on Thursday. Kellstrom hit four three-pointers and was 7-of-7 from the line. Izzy Hulverson added 14 points for Oscoda and Mia Whipkey had 13. Oscoda plays at Durand on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Hillman 55, Atlanta 42
Trenton Taratuta scored 23 points and Sean Henigan added 14 for the Tigers (4-1, 3-1 NSL) who overcame some early foul trouble to win a close rivalry game.
Aaron Cuzzort led Atlanta (2-2) with 15 points and Trent Whitt had 11.
“We played hard, but we don’t have a lot of depth, so that hurt us and we couldn’t match them on the boards,” Atlanta coach Randy Mullard said.
Henigan scored 12 of his points in the second half and the Tigers got needed support from their bench.
“Kudos to the bench. Everybody stepped up and gave some good minutes,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. “We battled some early foul trouble and had three starters in foul trouble. Sean (gave us) a good push in the second half.”
Oscoda 85, Tawas 39
Owen Franklin scored 27 points and Dress Hess added 18 for the Owls (6-0), who moved the ball well against the Braves’ zone and clamped down on defense. Brennon Mills added 14 points for Oscoda, Michael Gepfrey added 11 and Gavin Lueck had 10. Oscoda plays at New Lothrup on Monday.
“I thought we played really well on defense & did a fantastic job out in transition! Our patience & ball movement really paid off offensively against their zone,” Oscoda coach Mike Poland said.
Delta 105, ACC 68
Kelley Stark had 16 points, Parker Neu added 14 and Chris DeRocher and Zac Saez both had 12 for the Lumberjacks (0-1), who were playing in their season opener.
Delta 87, ACC 51
Jade Schultz had 25 points and Lillian Black added six for the Lumberjacks (0-1), who opened the season on the road. ACC struggled through the first half, but played better in the second half according to head coach Bobby Allen. ACC hosts Mott on Tuesday.
“The girls are really happy (to be playing again), but we needed to clean things up and gain confidence,” ACC coach Bobby Allen said. “We played better in the second half and overall, they bounced back and played well.”