HILLMAN-The Hillman girls basketball team hosted the Alcona Tigers on Tuesday and in spite of strong play in the second half they lost 55-40.
The first half of the game ended 30-18 in favor of Alcona. Hillman head coach John Kuzewski commented on his team's increased offensive pressure in the second half.
"We cut it down to about seven points in the second half but Alcona's press was really tough. We turned the ball over way too much," he said.
News Photo by Eric Benac
Hillman’s Taylor Crawford (white jersey) goes up for a basket as Alcona’s Kendra Cole gets a hand on the ball for a block.
Hillman did have a free throw success rate of 19 out of 24 points.
Top scorers for Alcona included Megan Quick with 19 points and Karina Cole with 16.
Hillman's top scorer was Jensen Tchorzynski with 13 points.
Hillman is now 2-4 overall with a 2-1 record in the North Star League. Alcona is now 3-1 overall.
Hillman hosts Hale on January 2nd while Alcona plays hosts Alpena on Thursday.
Atlanta 38, Vanderbilt 14
VANDERBILT-The Atlanta girls basketball team travelled to Vanderbilt on Tuesday and came up with a win, 38-14. It was the first win the girls basketball team has had since 2010.
Atlanta head coach Melony Haskin was proud of her girls for their win.
"They feel great and it's just great to get a win. They did a good job of really focusing on a couple of things that had been holding them back and overcoming them to get a win," she said.
The first quarter saw Atlanta outscore Vanderbilt 6-3. The half ended with Atlanta firmly in the lead with a 14-5 score.
The third quarter was Atlanta and Vanderbilt's highest scoring quarter, with Atlanta outscoring Vanderbilt 14-5 to stretch their lead to 28-10. The game ended with Atlanta scoring 10 more points to Vanderbilt's four to finish 38-14.
Top scorers for Atlanta included Morgan Barrett with 18 points and Kayla Duroucher with 16. Vanderbilt was lead by Jordan Stilson with 11 points. This win puts Atlanta at 1-5 overall but does not affect their league record of 0-3.
The Huskies play again on Thursday at Wolverine.
Mio 72, Whittemore-Prescott 33
WHITTEMORE The Mio girls travelled to Whittemore on Tuesday where they won 72-33.
The first quarter saw Mio take a heavy 19-8 lead against Whittemore-Prescott. The second quarter was Mio's best quarter with 21 points scored. Whittemore-Prescott scored nine to trail Mio 40-17.
Whittemore-Prescott had their best quarter in the third with 10 points but was unable to catch up with Mio who scored 14. The last quarter saw Mio outscoring Whittemore-Prescott 16-8 to stretch the lead to 72-33.
Top scorers for Mio included Shelby Satkowiak with 22 points, Jalen Defloria with 17 points and Tayler Blamer with 12 points.
Mio is now 4-3 on the season. They host Johannesburg-Lewiston on Thursday.
Hillman 67, Rogers City 30
ROGERS CITY The Rogers City Hurons hosted the Hillman Tigers but were unable to utilize the home field advantage in a tough 67-30 loss.
Hillman head coach Eric Muszynski commented on his team's win.
"We ended the first half up 33-18 but our defense really blew things open in the third quarter, holding Rogers City to five points and stopping them from scoring until only a minute was left in the quarter," he said.
Hillman outpaced Rogers City in the first quarter 16-7. Rogers City had their best quarter in the second with 11 points though Hillman scored 17 to stretch the lead to 33-18.
Hillman capitalized on Rogers City's offensive difficulties by outscoring them 16-5 and having their best quarter in the fourth with 18 points to Rogers City's seven to end the game 67-30.
Top scorers for Hillman included Mason VanPamel with 19 points, Brendan Zimmer with 10 and Hunter Fessler with 10. Paul Wilbert of Rogers City scored 13 points.
The JV team also won to improve their record to 2-2. Hillman varsity is now 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the North Star League. Rogers City is 0-4.
Hillman hosts AuGres on the third of January while Rogers City travel to Posen on Friday the 28th.