Alexis Peterson adapts to what Syracuse needs in 60-39 win against Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Cornelia Fondren threw a pass in transition toward Briana Day and Maggie Morrison, who were both charging toward the basket. But the ball flew in between them and out of bounds.Fondren clapped her hands together, brought them toward her face and grimaced. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman spun around, pointed to starting point guard Alexis Peterson and directed her to take out Fondren four minutes into the third quarter.The Orange had relied on Peterson scoring until that point, but as the game slogged on, she managed SU’s (12-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) offense and helped it ride out a 60-39 win over Virginia Tech (13-3, 1-2) on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.“She did a very good job running the show,” Hillsman said. “She had her offense when we needed her to have offense. She did a very good job of being solid.”Syracuse had its second-worst shooting performance of the season against the Hokies, but Peterson’s steady play helped the Orange get out to an 11-point halftime lead and maintain a double-digit cushion the rest of the way. She finished with 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting, seven assists and two turnovers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia Tech’s Vanessa Panousis carried the ball up the court with a minute left in the first quarter while Peterson stood along the opposite sideline in SU’s press. Panousis attempted a pass toward the middle, but Peterson crept toward it.She lifted her right hand up as both feet left the ground, elevating above the nearest Hokies player and snagging it out of the air. After shifting her body toward the offensive end, she laid in a basket with no one else in front of her.“She’s just a real smart point guard,” Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff said, “so she takes advantage of every situation.”Two and a half minutes into the second quarter, Peterson took a couple quick dribbles into the key and past her defender. As no VT players collapsed on her, Peterson’s high-arcing jumper swished through the basket.Four minutes later, Peterson hit a corner 3 as the Orange broke open the game for good on a 9-0 run and she had 12 of SU’s first 24 points.“She was unstoppable,” Day said.At halftime, no one else on Syracuse had made more than one field goal while Peterson had 12 points.Peterson shared the ball and set teammates up to score more recently. She leads the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio and averaged 8.5 assists in the four previous games entering Sunday.Already with a comfortable lead, Hillsman called for more half-court sets in the last 20 minutes. Peterson would wait for the shot clock to wind down as she dribbled beyond the 3-point line. Her scoring slowed down, shooting 2-of-9 in the second half, but Syracuse forced total 29 turnovers and just had to milk the clock to secure the win.“If I let her go every possession, she would shoot the whole game,” Hillsman said.As Peterson’s misses began piling up with a minute left in the third, she bent over in frustration and clapped her hands above her shoelaces. The scoring dominance Peterson showed in the first half didn’t exist in the second.But Peterson didn’t have to score for the Orange to “shrink the game and get out of here,” Hillsman said. She played 35 minutes and was SU’s only player to play more than 29.Though the game shifted midway through, Peterson ran the show throughout.“She’s an intelligent point guard,” Hillsman said, “and I told her to just take care of the ball and we’ll be OK in the second half.”With the ball in Peterson’s hands, Syracuse was OK. Commentslast_img read more

Donations are being accepted for annual fireworks display

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich – The City of Alpena and Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce hope to move forward with the Fourth of July fireworks displaybut the decision is contingent upon social distancing guidelines and funding.Alpena’s annual fireworks display is 100% funded by community donations.With many local businesses and communities struggling because of COVID–19, the chamber and the city of Alpena are apprehensive about asking for donations.They are, however, encouraging the community to patronize or donate to assist local businesses.The Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations for the fireworks display and says if they are unable to meet the funding goal, the money will be put toward the 2021 fireworks show.The donation deadline is May 28.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Child and Family Services recognizes foster familiesNext Local healthcare facility will soon reopenlast_img read more

Rockets G Eric Gordon isn’t enjoying the start to the season: ‘I’m just not having fun’

first_img Jazz C Rudy Gobert ejected less than three minutes into game vs. Rockets James Harden ‘not concerned at all’ by Rockets’ collapse The Rockets are far from the team that came to within one game of the NBA Finals in 2017-18. Houston has struggled so far this season and started 11-13 with its most recent loss coming to the Jazz, 118-91, on Thursday.The Rockets enjoyed a brief five-game winning streak to get back to two games over .500, but have since dropped six of their last eight to fall two games back under. Related News Gordon hasn’t put up numbers like years past, either. His 15.9 points per game would be his lowest since the 2015-16 season, and the veteran guard’s field-goal percentage (36.5), 3-point percentage (31.1) and assists per game (1.8) are all the lowest of his career.​Houston will finish its three-game road trip in Dallas on Saturday.center_img Eric Gordon is frustrated.”I’m just not having fun man,” Gordon said, via The Athletic. “I’m just not. This sucks. Even the times where I have good games. We’re just not using some guys the right way. Are we gonna make the right sacrifices? Do we have the right attitude?”​ “Last year was the best year I’ve ever had being a part of a team,” Gordon said. “We just never had a bad moment. If we ever had a bad game as a team, you knew the next game we would blow somebody out. It didn’t matter who it was.”​last_img read more