LINCOLN-For the Alcona girls basketball team, Tuesday's game against Atlanta served as a chance to work out some kinks and get prepared for a tough slate of upcoming games.
For the Huskies, it was just a long night.
All but one player scored for Alcona and the Tigers got back to the .500 mark with a 73-4 win over Atlanta.
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Alcona’s Lilly Manning (34) puts up a shot while being defended by Atlanta’s Summer Dukes during a girls basketball game on Tuesday at Alcona High School.
Karina Cole led Alcona with 25 points and Kendra Cole scored a season-high 12 points for the Tigers (2-2) who were in control from the opening tip.
"I thought both teams played pretty good. It's tough when the situation is like that, but it helps us work on structural things so that when we play a play a bigger game like districts or something, our plays are fluid and we've got them going where we want them to be," Kendra said.
Alcona's starters built a big lead in the first quarter, but nearly all of Alcona's bench saw some playing time and contributed 26 points to the win.
Tiffany Juergens and Cheyenne Berryhill each managed to score for Atlanta in the first half, but the Huskies were hounded by Alcona's defense and missed many shots that either fell short or just didn't go in. Atlanta trailed 25-2 after one quarter and 47-4 at halftime.
Offensively, the Tigers did as they pleased, beating Atlanta with everything from lay-ups to mid-range jumpers to shots from outside. Karina, who played about half of each quarter, weaved her way around defenders with ease and Kendra was dominant in the post as well, adding 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
Kendra, who was recovering from two knee surgeries last year, has focused her efforts on rebounding this season more than scoring and it's paid off so far as she's averaging nearly eight rebounds a game.
"I think I've had a rough start shooting-wise. I'm not focused on scoring, I'm focused on rebounds. I figure I contribute that and then my sister (Karina), I can get her the buckets," Kendra said.
Alcona's bench players gave Atlanta fits as well. In the third quarter, Sam Schopfer, Turner Somers, Cassie Carpenter were among those who worked the ball inside and collected easy lay-ups to help give the Tigers a 61-4 lead after three quarters.
Alissa Terpstra added six points and nine rebounds for Alcona.
Alcona's upcoming slate of games includes games at home against Au Gres on Friday and Tawas on Monday and coach Brad Cole reminded his team to maintain focus even during an easy victory like the one on Tuesday.
The biggest thing is that we need to get focused right now," Brad said. "Even a game like tonight where the score is a little bit different, we have to stay focused on what we're trying to accomplish."
ALCONA (73): Ka. Cole 11 2-2 25; Ke. Cole 5 2-2 12; Quick 2 0-0 4; A. Terpstra 3 0-2 6; Schopfer 3 0-0 6; Harmon 1 0-1 2; Feldhiser 1 0-0 2; H. Terpstra 1 0-0 2; Somers 2 0-0 4; Manning 1 0-0 2; Walen 2 0-3 4; Carpenter 2 0-0 4.
ATLANTA (4): Juergens 1 0-0 2; Barrett 0 0-2 0; Berryhill 1 0-0 2.
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