The men’s and Lady Skippers’ basketball teams both beat the Alpena Lumberjacks, Wed. night on Feb. 10. The Lady Skippers won 69-45 and the men’s team won 94-80.
The Lady Skippers started out their game on an 11-0 run and looked like they were going to run away with the game. The Lady Skippers took full advantage of the long bus ride the Lumberjacks took.
With a good first half by sophomore guard Jessica Stevenson, from Chesterfield, scoring 7 points and great rebounding efforts by sophomore guards Megan Johnson and Alysia Cole, they did just that ending the first half 31-14.
“We got our chemistry back, there were a couple of games we just weren’t playing as a team and we noticed it,” said Johnson. “We worked really hard the week before in practice and I think we accomplished our goal.”
In the second half the Lumberjacks woke up scoring 31 points and making a game of it, but the Skippers proved to be too much.
“Every year I love coming up here to play against the Skippers. They are a class act and they never run up the score,” Head Coach Bobby Allen said.
The Skipper men’s team came out with the same amount of intensity on a 20-9 run. Kieon Arkwright, sophomore guard from Flint, led with 11 points in the half and sophomore forward Jake Stark, Richmond, right with him with 11 as well.
Stark said, “The first half we played defense. We got offensive and defensive rebounds.”
The second half was all Alpena scoring 53 points with the help of good shooting and rebounding. “If we would have played like that in the first half, this would have been a heck of a ball game,” said Frank McCourt, head coach of the Lumberjacks.
Both teams are back in action at home Sat. Feb. 20 at 1p.m. and 3 p.m. versus Mott Community College.