ALPENA, MI – After over two months since their last home game, the Alpena Community College women’s basketball team is finally back on their court against Kirkland on Wednesday.
Having been on the road for most of their season, the Lady Lumberjacks have had plenty of time to create team chemistry. Sophomore guard, Maddy Wilkinson, sees the bright side of such long bus rides with her teammates. “The rides get really boring,” she said. “We just start talking which was nice.”
Many of the girls played alongside each other in high school, and their bond has only gotten stronger as Lady Lumberjacks. Sophomore forward, Jade Schultz, recognizes the difference between the level of play in high school and college basketball. “The biggest difference between college and high school is the aggressiveness,” she said. “It’s a lot more aggressive than high school.”
The team’s last home game took place on November 14, and there are definitely some advantages to playing on their own court. Head Coach, Cindy DeRocher, is excited for her team to play in front of a home crowd. “Nothing like being the home team,” she said. “We really get a true test.”
As the ladies take it one game at a time, they keep their goals for the season in mind. Sophomore forward, Allie DeRocher, believes her team is heading in the right direction. “We got a lot of new teams in our conference,” she said. “We played well against the returning teams.”
The Lady Lumberjacks host the Kirtland Firebirds on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.