February 14, 2016

SSC girls’ win easily despite free throw woes

By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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ALCONA — Standish-Sterling's girls overcame a rough night at the free throw line Wednesday and earned a 59-40 victory over Alcona on the road, pushing the Panthers' record over .500 for the first time this season.

"It wasn't one of our finest performances," said SSC coach Kevin King. "We didn't take the 'business trip' perspective that we should have, but I can't complain too much. We got a win on the road, and we're healthy going into the Tawas game (Friday)."

The Panthers built a 35-12 lead at the half, but thanks in large part to going 14-of-39 at the line, including 5-of-22 in the fourth quarter, nearly let the Tigers back in the game.

"We usually shoot a lot better than that at the line," King said. "It just kind of snowballed.

"Overall we weren't that sharp, either. We missed some open shots, didn't execute the offense properly. We were fortunate to get out with a victory."

Kayla Hilyard led SSC (6-5) with 12 points, with Ashlyn Gulvas adding 10 and Abbye Gulvas and Paige Raes eight apiece.

Kaylie Jamieson led the Tigers (4-7) with 19 points.

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