Pulling far ahead
LINCOLN – The Alcona girls basketball team took an early lead over Oscoda on Wednesday and never looked back in a 76-29 rout.
“It was nice to have a home game again in front of a great home crowd,” Alcona coach Brad Cole said.
The Tigers (9-2, 7-1 North Star League) took a quick 11-0 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game. Karina Cole, Megan Quick and Kendra Cole each hit a 3-pointer to push Alcona into the lead.
Oscoda didn’t score until four minutes had passed in the game. It was then held scoreless for four more minutes as Alcona took a 22-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Alcona’s success in the first quarter came off of careful play setting and rebounding. The Owls had some good looks throughout the first quarter, but the Tigers prevented second and third scoring chances.
The Owls man-to-man defense held Karina Cole to five points in the first and her sister Kendra Cole to seven.
Karina Cole led Alcona with 18 points while Kendra Cole had 15.
However, Tigers bench players like Turner Summers and Samantha Schopfer knocked down a few buckets to help stretch Alcona’s lead.
Schopfer had 11 points while Summers had five.
Alcona also relied on the defense of Cassie Carpenter and Sydney Pierce to produce turnovers. Carpenter and Kendra Cole led Alcona with nine rebounds.
Other rebounders for Alcona included Karina Cole, Harmon, Somers and Alissa Terpstra with five each.
The Owls’ defense broke down several times late in the quarter, as Tigers players threw inbound passes the length of the court to various open players. This often set up the easy layup for the Tigers.
The Tigers came out strongly again in the second quarter, with Torie Harmon picking up four straight points in the first two minutes to take a 26-6 lead.
The Owls often double teamed Karina Cole. Alcona took advantage of that by having Cole pass to undefended teammates for the easy bucket.
Both teams ran into foul trouble throughout the second quarter. Oscoda picked up six free throws while Alcona picked up eight. Kendra Cole shot a perfect four free throws in the second.
Alcona took a 42-14 lead into the half.
The Tigers outscored the Owls 13-5 in the third quarter to take a 55-19 lead going into the fourth.
Cole’s defense led to six steals.
“Our girls played really well in all aspects tonight,” Cole said.
Alcona travels to Hale tonight.
The Alcona junior varsity squad picked up a 54-34 win.
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