ACC women pull off big upset
The ACC girls (6-18, 2-13 Eastern Conference) watched their male counterparts struggle heavily against Henry Ford Community College at the “Hoops for Hope” pink game against Henry Ford Community College on Saturday.
It must have fired them up as they were able to pull up a convincing 69-61 upset over the playoff bound Hawks (14-12, 7-8 Eastern Conference).
“I’m really glad that the girls were able to play like that during the Pink Game. It’s great to see them coming together as a team. If they had played like that all year, they could have swung with the big dogs,” head coach Bobby Allen said.
Key to the victory were five girls who all scored in double figures: Lauren Siebert, Whitney Frazier, Amy Nowak, Ashleigh Monticello and Sarah Cummings.
“Sarah came out of nowhere tonight. I’ve never seen her play like that before. She was doing some great moves under the basket and grabbing some important rebounds,” Allen said.
The game started quickly for the Jacks with a Nowak field goal a minute into the game. Dejanique Reddix of Henry Ford hit a three to take the lead 10 seconds later but Frazier went on a seven point run which the Hawks only answered with one field goal to pull to a quick 9-5 lead.
Frazier was the night’s top scorer with 16 and pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double. She also hit five of five free throws on the night.
The Lumberjacks continued to press the temp of the game, snagging rebounds under the Hawks basket and going into a tight zone defense which stymied Henry Ford’s offensive tactics. With just under 12 minutes left in the half ACC led 15-7.
The Hawks started answering back as the Jacks started to struggle a little. An Asha Payne field goal with just under eight minutes left in the half took the Hawks to an 18-17 lead.
ACC didn’t lie down and die, though. Increasing effectiveness and two Seibert treys in a row took ACC to a 25-24 lead with four minutes left.
However, a pair of Reddix and Charisse Carr treys ended the half 34-28 in favor of Henry Ford.
“We were kind of down and a little bummed at the end of the half. But our coach (Allen) told us to keep it up and not put our heads down or give up,” Seibert said.
Henry Ford was able to keep the lead through most of the second half as ACC struggled to mount a successful defensive attack as they widened their lead to 40-30 with just two minutes gone in the half.
ACC began narrowing the gap with effective free throw shooting from Monticello, increased offensive pressure and scoring from Cummings and the fast paced play from Seibert. With eight minutes left in the half, Seibert knocked down a basket to take a 49-47 lead, much to the excitement of the packed crowd.
Monticello then hit two back-to-back treys to pull ahead 57-51. The Hawks answered back with two of their own later to keep the game to a 59-54 spread.
“Ashleigh did great tonight. I had to sit Allison who is usually my big point guard and Ashleigh came out and played hard and scored big in a way that really helped keep us in the game,” Allen said.
The last five minutes of the game belonged strictly to ACC was they outscored the Hawks 12-10.
Frazier was proud to see her teammates play as a single unit for the win.
“It was great to pick up a win like this. We finally played like a team and played the way I know we can and should have been all season,” she said.
ACC (69): A. Burley 1-1-2-3: L. Seibert 4-1-3-11: W. Frazier 5-5-5-16: S. Smith 1-0-0-3: A. Nowak 6-3-7-15: A. Monticello 3-2-3-11: K. Wollan 0-0-2-0: S. Cummings 4-2-4-10.
Henry Ford (61): K. Stallworth 3-0-2-6: D. Reddix 8-0-0-20: A. Payne 7-1-2-16: C. Carr 4-3-6-12: H. Bazzi 1-0-0-3: A. Fowler 0-0-2-0: B. Hamilton 2-0-0-4.