Nothing could stop the Apprentice School Builder basketball team (7-3) Sunday afternoon, not sub-zero temperatures, not a foot of snow and not the previously undefeated Owl women's basketball team as the Builders walked away with a 75-57 victory at Presque Isle.
Poor shooting and turnovers plagued the Maine-Presque Isle women's Basketball (7-1) team, as the home standing Owls fell to the USCAA powerhouse. Apprentice was making a northern United States swing, playing several of the better USCAA teams in the National Rankings.
Apprentice has a long and storied history of championship excellence at the USCAA National Tournament, winning the Championship twice and that championship experience was evident as the Builders used multiple pressure defenses to cause 22 turnovers and 23 points off those miscues to drop Presque Isle from the ranks of the undefeated.
Coming into the game today the Owls were the last unbeaten team in USCAA Division I basketball.
Courtney Collins came off the bench to tally a game-high 21 points for the Builders of Newport News, Virginia and April McCoy and Bria Hill each scored 11 to fortify the Apprentice win.
The Owls will prepare for finals this week and will break for the holidays, next starting action in 2014 on January 2 in Boston with a men's/women's double header against Eastern Nazarene beginning at noon.