Wildcats struggle late in BNC loss to Vikings
A missed shot. A turnover at a bad time.
A missed defensive assignment. A wide-open bucket for the other team.
It all adds up over the course of a ball game and for the Alpena High girls basketball team, it added up a 49-32 loss to Cadillac on Tuesday.
Alpena (3-5, 1-4 Big North Conference) came in having won two straight games and three of its last four. The Wildcats had another solid performance Tuesday, but Cadillac was able to gain a slight edge on Alpena and stay ahead for most of the contest.
Molly Anderson had 15 points for the Vikings and Olivia Meyer added 12. Cadillac trailed early, but found a groove late in the first quarter to pull ahead. Cadillac led 12-9 after one quarter and 28-18 at halftime, sinking a trio of three-pointers to hold the Wildcats off.
“In the second quarter, we gave up a few too many. But we held Anderson to 15, that’s not terrible and (Joslyn) Seeley only had five. I think that’s a pretty good thing for our post players,” Alpena coach Erin Andrews said. “They played really well down there tonight. I thought our youngsters played really well tonight.”
Allie Urlaub led Alpena with 10 points and Allie DeRocher, Avery Dubey and Reese Wisniewski each had five. The Wildcats kept things close in the third quarter, getting as close as six points, but the offensive well dried up down the stretch.
Alpena trailed 38-27 after three quarters and was held without a fourth-quarter field goal until the final minute of play. It was a recurring problem for Alpena, which found offense in spurts, but couldn’t get shots to fall at key times.
A trey from Urlaub and free throws from DeRocher and Jenna Leeck made it 33-27 with 2:45 left, but it proved to be Alpena’s offensive high mark in the second half.
“We missed a lot of little ones underneath the basket that I thought could’ve went in,” Andrews said. “Sometimes it bounces your way and sometimes it doesn’t.”
Despite the loss, the Wildcats will look to regroup quickly. Alpena returns to the court on Thursday at Petoskey and is hoping for a different result than the 37-23 loss the Northmen handed them in their season opener earlier this month.
“That’s what we talked about in the locker room. I still feel pretty good about this team,” Andrews said. “That team that showed up tonight, even though we lost by 20, we still worked really hard.”
BOX SCORE: Field Goals Made/Free Throws Made/Free Throws Attempted/Total Points
CADILLAC (49): M. Anderson 6 2-2 15; L. Schamanek 0 2-2 2; M. Drabik 0 2-2 2; M. Brown 2 1-4 5; A. Lundquist 2 0-0 6; O. Meyer 5 0-0 12; J. Seeley 2 0-0 5; G. Tweedale 1 0-0 2.
ALPENA (32): A. DeRocher 0 5-7 5; A. Urlaub 4 0-0 10; J. Leeck 0 2-2 2; R. Wisniewski 2 0-0 5; A. Dubey 2 0-1 5; A. Trelfa 1 1-2 3; E. Clarke 1 0-0 2.