TRAVERSE CITY – The Alpena Excessive women basketball workforce received a giant win final Friday towards a really difficult Traverse Metropolis West workforce.
The Wildcats defeated the Titans in an exhilarating sport that resulted in a 32-30 victory for Alpena. Clutch free throw taking pictures with good protection on the proper time was the important thing to Alpena’s success towards West.
“It is a huge morale enhance for the entire workforce and it is an amazing second for Religion (Dragiewicz). She’s the woman we’re relying on on the finish and he or she’s made some superb performs defensively and offensively made us win the sport,” mentioned Alpena coach Laura Dubey.
Though Alpena received the sport, West received off to a greater begin.
In the course of the first quarter, Alpena unfold the ball to 4 totally different scorers, together with a giant three from Marah Wisniewski.
The Titans outscored the Wildcats by six factors within the first quarter. Traverse Metropolis’s scoring was led by Reagan LaCross, who had a pair of layups.
West maintained a 15-9 lead coming into the second quarter, and carried that momentum into halftime.
Alpena started to restrict its turnovers and commenced to play higher protection, giving up simply 9 factors.
Close to the top of the half, Avery Dubey hit a pair of essential free throws with a giant three from Dragiewicz.
Alpena trailed 24-18 on the break with loads of time to return again.
“I advised the women at halftime that I do know your pictures aren’t going to fall, however preserve taking pictures and restrict the turnovers and you are going to win this sport,” Dubey mentioned. “We additionally made defensive modifications at halftime, which actually helped us ultimately.”
The defensive modifications began instantly within the third quarter. The Wildcats held West to simply 4 factors and received a couple of steals between Reese Wisniewski and Dragiewicz.
Though Alpena’s protection improved drastically, the offense slowed down. The Wildcats additionally solely scored 4 factors however did higher later within the sport.
Alpena got here out sizzling in the beginning of the fourth quarter. West was in foul bother to start out the quarter, main Alpena to a number of free-throw alternatives.
The Wildcats tied the sport with lower than a minute left and by no means appeared again.
With the sport tied at 30-30, Dragiewicz was fouled, sending him to the free-throw line with six seconds left in regulation. Dragiewicz knocked down two free throws with no drawback and secured the victory for the Wildcats.
“The gang was very loud and when he made free throws he mentioned he did not hear it. That is an extremely troublesome alternative for Religion (Dragiewicz) and I am very pleased with how she stepped up when it mattered most,” Dubey mentioned.
Dragiewicz led the Wildcats with 11 factors, whereas Avery Dubey had eight.
Traverse Metropolis West’s main scorer was Grace Bohrer with seven factors. The Titans additionally had Ainslee Hewitt and LaCross with six.
Alpena hosts Gaylord on Friday.