ACC women win in home finale

The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team ended its regular season on a high note on Wednesday.

Three players scored in double figures and the Lumberjacks topped Oakland 70-63 at Park Arena in their regular season finale.

The win keeps ACC (9-16, 6-12 MCCAA Eastern) in the playoff hunt as they are one of two teams vying for the seventh and final playoff spot.

The game also marked the final home game for ACC’s sophomores-Ashleigh Monticello, Amy Nowak, Emily Nowak, Alleigh Sexton, Courtney Holmes, Kayla Shepard and Whitney Frazier, though Frazier did not play Wednesday.

In a season with a lot of ups-and-downs, a lot went right for the Lumberjacks in their finale. ACC jumped out to a 20-6 lead to begin the game and held off some charges from the Raiders to snap a three-game losing streak.

“I think we played awesome. A lot of people stepped up and played their game,” Monticello said. “I’m happy that we won, but I’m sad that it’s over.”

Amy Nowak paced ACC with 15 points, Holmes added 14 points and Sexton had 12.

ACC held a 26-10 lead with eight minutes left in the first half, but the Raiders kept pushing and put together a 14-2 run to cut the lead to 28-24. A few more baskets enabled the Lumberjacks to take a 35-29 lead into halftime.

Jalisha Nelson paced ACC with 23 points and Alicia Harvey added 10. Nelson was a force all night, driving inside to score key buckets when the Raiders needed them and she added six rebounds.

Amy Nowak hit a three-pointer to open the second half and the Lumberjacks pulled out to a 47-36 lead with 14:40 left. Once again Oakland clawed back into the game and cut the lead to 55-51 with 9:24 left. Nelson had six points during this stretch and Lauren Featherstone added four.

The Lumberjacks withstood the Raiders’ run however and kept a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

ACC head coach Bobby Allen praised his sophomore players after the game and thanked them for their efforts this season.

“The girls will be Lumber Ladies forever. This group is something special. They’re record, damn the wins and losses, these girls are special,” Allen said. “These are the girls I look up to and we did a lot of (good) stuff.”

ALPENA (70): C. Holmes 4 3-5 14; M. Myers 1 1-4 3; S. Bischoff 3 0-1 6; S. Kolb 2 0-0 6; A. Carrick 2 0-0 4; A. Monticello 1 2-6 4; A. Nowak 7 0-4 15; A. Sexton 6 0-0 12; E. Nowak 2 2-2 6.

OAKLAND (63): A. Harvey 4 0-0 10; L. Featherstone 4 0-0 8; T. McCune 2 2-3 8; K. Bryant 1 4-6 6; T. Gage 1 0-1 3; J. Venema 1 2-2 4; T. Clark 0 1-4 1; J. Nelson 9 5-8 23.

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