Ocelots use second half surge to defeat Lumberjacks and extend winning streak to five
BY NICK MISIAK
The Schoolcraft Womens Basketball team continued its winning ways at home on Wednesday, Jan. 7, earning a 60-49 victory over Alpena Community College. The victory was Schoolcraft’s fifth straight, and their seventh in eight games at home this season. The win improved the Ocelots to 11-4 on the season and 2-0 in MCCAA Conference play.
Speed and accurate shooting helped the Ocelots break out to an early 15-4 lead, but a lack of the speed
and shot accuracy kept the game close, as Alpena made three consecutive three-pointers from three different players to pull back into the game while Schoolcraft struggled.
Alpena led 27-26 at the half, due in part to Schoolcraft shooting only 30 percent from the floor and committing 11 turnovers. Freshman guard Ashley Bland had 16 of her team high 18 points in the first half and scored nine of the Ocelots first 11 points.
The second half saw resurgence in the Schoolcraft offense, as they sprung to life behind sophomore guard Sara Gammons and freshman guard Elise Tolbert. Gammons continuously set up plays for the Ocelots offensively and shot a season high 14 times, making five for 11 points, while Tolbert proved to be a presence in the paint on both ends of the court, scoring 12 points and snatching 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
“I think we picked it up on defense and played more team defense in the second half and the more pressure we put on them; we caused more turnovers, which led to points,” said Gammons
Freshman forward Rikki Sherdt was colossal down low, tying her season high with 17 rebounds.
“The second half, we started to click more on offense, and we began to read the plays better. We executed more lay-ups and easy plays like that,” said Sherdt.
Sherdt also commented on Gammons’ impressive play against the Lumberjacks.
“She’s a leader. What do you expect? She’s good at directing traffic, and she reads the defense well,” said Sherdt
Schoolcraft’s next home game is on Wednesday, Jan. 14, against Oakland Community College in the annual MCCAA Hunger Games at 5:30 p.m. The team then travels to Dearborn to take on Henry Ford Community College in the Hawks annual Pink Zone Game on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m.
OCELOTS WIN CONFERENCE OPENER
Ashley Bland exploded for 32 points and came one rebound short of a double-double as the Schoolcraft Womens Basketball team opened their conference play with a 78-53 victory over Macomb Community College on Saturday, Jan. 3.
Schoolcraft led 27-25 at the half, but began shooting much better en route to a 51 point second half that led to the 25 point victory.
Elise Tolbert scored 17 points as the only other Ocelot in double figures. Rikki Sherdt led the Ocelots defensively, grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with six points, three assists and three steals.
Macomb sophomore Sydney Morgan dropped 17 points, and freshman Dayshia Vance added 15 points for the Monarchs, who dropped to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Schoolcraft improved to 10-