TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena boys basketball team led 21-15 after one quarter of play on Thursday against Traverse City Central, but struggled after that, losing to the Trojans 77-64.
Alpena (5-6 overall, 2-5 Big North) trailed 37-33 at the half, but was outscored in both the third and fourth quarters.
"We had a nice first quarter and really after that it was defense," Alpena coach John Pintar said. "We didn't play well defensively. We gave up way too many baskets inside and they had too many second and third chances."
Luke Cordes led the Wildcats with 27 points and Devin O'Neil added 10.
Alpena's JV team won 49-28 and was led by 12 points from Kaleb Smith. Jacob Benson added seven assists.
The Wildcats' freshman team lost 55-30 and was led by Peter Guest with nine points. Garrett Orcutt added seven points.
Alcona 63, Whittemore-Prescott 24
WHITTEMORE-The Alcona girls basketball team bounced back from a close game on Tuesday with a dominating 63-24 win over Whittemore-Prescott on Thursday to push its record to 11-0.
Ashley Smith scored 14 points and Karina Cole had 13 points for the Tigers, who led 18-11 after one quarter and 33-13 at the half.
"We just needed to get out of our funk from Tuesday," Alcona coach Dan O'Connor said. "We spread on the ball around and got a lot of people involved."
Madison Matuszak led Whittemore with 11 points.
Kayla Rasmussen added 10 points for Alcona, which will play at Hillman on Monday.
Mio 56, Atlanta 15
MIO-Jalen DeFlorio scored 19 points as the Mio girls basketball team beat Atlanta 56-15 in a North Star League matchup.
The Tigers (8-3, 7-2 NSL) led 34-3 at the half and 56-15 after three quarters.
Shelby Satkowiak added 10 points for Mio and Jordan Smith had eight.
Mio will play Alcona on Wednesday.
Gaylord St. Mary 73, Onaway 47
GAYLORD-The Onaway girls basketball team didn't back from the challenge of facing Ski Valley-leading Gaylord St. Mary, hanging with the No. 2 Snowbirds until late in third quarter, but eventually losing 73-47 on Thursday at St. Mary High School.
Kari Borowiak led St. Mary with 30 points, with 20 of those coming in the second half.
The Snowbirds led 30-24 at the half and managed to pull away from the Cardinals (8-5 overall, 5-5 Ski Valley) late in the third quarter with an 8-0 run.
"They played hard, we just came up short," Onaway coach Marty Mix said. "I'm very pleased with the way the girls played."
The two squads were tied at 12 after one quarter and were also knotted at 24 late in the second quarter before a six-point run in 40 seconds gave the Snowbirds the lead at the half.
Kallie Shimel led Onaway with 19 points and Sam Freel added 16 points.
Onaway plays at Mancelona on Tuesday.