Slow starts hurts ACC women in loss to Mott

A slow start proved to be the undoing of the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team on Monday.

The Lumberjacks fell behind 21-9 by the midway point of the first half and couldn’t quite make up the difference in a 78-54 loss to Mott at Alpena High School.

The game was played at AHS due to a power failure at Park Arena.

Mott had five players reach double figures and was a few steps ahead of ACC the entire night. The Bears weren’t overpowering, but they shot well, put themselves in good position to score and forced turnovers. Mott shot 45 percent from the field and had 19 turnovers to ACC’s 26.

Mercedes Hobbs led Mott with 16 points and Keshawn Jones and Brittany Severn had 15 points each. Ashley Beemon had 12 points and Akeyilla Moore added 11.

“We have a very balanced team. Any given night it could be anybody’s night,” Mott coach Letitia Hughley said. “We try to share the ball and play with each other, but if you’re hot we try to get you the ball as much as possible.”

The Lumberjacks (8-16, 5-12 MCCAA Eastern) played better in the second half and were only outscored by five for the period, 37-32. ACC cut Mott’s lead to 11 with 8:09 left, but the Bears surged ahead after that, outscoring ACC 19-6 the rest of the way.

Whitney Frazier paced ACC with 16 points and Courtney Holmes added 10.

ACC went 12-for-16 at the line and stuck with the Bears on the boards, but could only do so much to try and stop a Mott squad that dished the ball inside for buckets seemingly at will.

“I thought we did a good job moving the ball up the floor, getting the ball to the post; the post did a good job putting the ball in the first half and we just kept attacking the basket,” Hughley said.

On the other end of the floor, ACC watched as Mott hounded them on defense, forced them into tight spaces and created turnovers.

“I think we did some good things defensively, but we definitely have room to work on our defense,” Hughley said.

Mott used its balanced scoring attack to build a 41-22 lead at the half and limited ACC to just six field goals.

The Lumberjacks caught fire from beyond the arc early in the second half and drained four triples in the first 10 minutes. This helped ACC climb back into the game and a short time later the Lumberjacks cut Mott’s lead to 11 when Sandy Bischoff hit a free throw with 8:09 left, making the score 59-48.

ACC will close out the regular season at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at home against Oakland.

MOTT (78): A. Beemon 4 4-4 12; M. Hobbs 8 0-1 16; K. Jones 6 2-3 15; B. Severn 6 2-3 15; L. Robinson 2 2-2 6; O. Rice 1 1-6 3; A. Moore 5 1-2 11.

ACC (54): W. Frazier 7 0-0 16; A. Monticello 2 3-5 8; A. Carrick 3 0-0 6; S. Bischoff 1 4-6 6; C. Holmes 1 7-7 10; A. Sexton 1 0-0 2; A. Nowak 2 0-0 4; E. Nowak 1 0-0 2.