Mistakes cost Alpena in loss to Cadillac

Too many mistakes cost the Alpena girls basketball team a chance to win on Friday.

There were too many missed shots, too many turnovers and too many things that didn’t go the Wildcats’ way and all of it added up to a 54-38 loss to Cadillac during a Hoops for Hope Pink Game at Alpena High School.

The Wildcats (5-12) trailed by two after one quarter, but the Vikings took over the rest of the way and handed the Wildcats their second loss in three games this week.

“We knew Cadillac was a good team. They’re second place in the conference and they’re good for a reason,” Alpena coach Dan Arsenault said. “I would’ve thought Sault would give us a great sample of what we’re going to see, but it seemed like for whatever reason we kept making the same mistakes over and over again.”

Cadillac led 13-11 after one quarter and took control of the game for good with an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter. Alpena was outscored 14-8 in the period and fell victim to one of several costly scoring lapses to trail 27-19 at halftime.

Jenna Talbot’s bucket with 6:52 left in the third quarter cut Cadillac’s lead to five, but the Vikings outscored Alpena 13-5 the rest of the period as the Wildcats were held scoreless for nearly five minutes.

Time and again the Vikings found ways to penetrate Alpena’s defense and scored from all over the floor. Abbey Fuller paced Cadillac with 16 points and hit three triples. Darby McLaurin added 11 points and scored from outside and picked up some easy buckets inside too. Hannah Baker added 11.

Elizabeth Trelfa led Alpena with 10 points, but the Wildcats’ chances to get back into the game in the second half were cut short by missed layups, errant passes and the inability to keep Cadillac off the board for long.

“We had some breaks where the ball didn’t go in. We missed several layups that I think could’ve changed the tide and put a little more pressure on Cadillac, but I think the effort was there,” Arsenault said.

Cadillac put the game further out of reach with a six-point stretch late in third quarter and early in the fourth. A basket from Trelfa pulled Alpena to within eight with 1:12 left and Fuller answered with five points before the end of the quarter including a three-point dagger with 10 seconds left.

The two teams traded buckets in the first quarter and Alpena tied the game three times before a bucket from Baker gave Cadillac the lead for good with 40 seconds left.

Alpena plays at Cheboygan on Monday.

Alpena’s JV team beat Cadillac 48-39. Chloe Ferguson and Samantha Szymanski each scored 12 points for Alpena and Mykayla Price added eight.

Alpena’s freshman team won 26-23. Jasmyn Schultz led Alpena with 13 points and Katie Mack added six.

CADILLAC (54): A. Hess 0 1-2 1; D. McLaurin 5 0-0 11; A. Fuller 6 1-2 16; K. Kurtzman 2 0-2 4; H. Baker 3 5-6 11; A. Fisher 0 3-4 3; J. Erway 0 2-5 2; E. MacLean 2 2-2 6.

ALPENA (38): A. Smith 2 2-2 6; J. Talbot 2 2-4 6; E. Strong 1 0-0 3; E. Trelfa 5 0-0 10; A. Hatch 1 3-3 5; J. Mainville 2 0-0 4; K. Udell 1 0-0 2; K. Lay 0 1-2 1; O. Cordes 0 1-2 1.

James Andersen can be reached via email at sports@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5694. Follow James on Twitter @ja_alpenanews.