Lady Panthers drop close game to Alpena
ALPENA — Standish-Sterling looked a lot more like the team girls basketball coach Kevin King envisioned for this season. It wasn't quite enough on Friday, though as Alpena shut down the Panthers down the stretch to take a 50-45 non-conference victory.
The Panthers raced to a 9-0 lead early in the game, and thanks largely to the defense of Allison Collier, held high-scoring Lauren Borchard to just one point. Borchard had torched Ogemaw Heights for eight 3-pointers in the Wildcats' opener.
Alpena adjusted, with Julie Townsend (16 points) picking up a lot of the scoring slack for her team. Townsend finally hit a free throw to give the Wildcats their first lead a 44-43, then picked up an assist on the go-ahead bucket with under two minutes left that made it 47-45.
The Panthers' full court press in the first half helped them hold onto their lead, but Alpena's half-court trap in the second half turned the tide.
Abbye Gulvas scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead SSC. Kelsye Mielke and Paige Raes each added six.
The Panthers (0-2) host Saginaw MLS on Monday, then open NEMC play at Tawas Area on Friday to lead off a varsity doubleheader with the boys team.