2013-03-07 / Sports

Glen Lake girls no match for St. Francis in C tournament Girls Scoring Leaders

By Mike Spencer Of The Enterprise staff


SCOTLYN BRENGMAN of Glen Lake holds the ball and looks for a teammate as Lauren Buckel (20) of Traverse City St. Francis defends in the Class C district semifinals last week. SCOTLYN BRENGMAN of Glen Lake holds the ball and looks for a teammate as Lauren Buckel (20) of Traverse City St. Francis defends in the Class C district semifinals last week. For the Glen Lake girls basketball team, it was one and done in the Class C district tournament.

There was no shame in losing to eventual district champ Traverse City St. Francis, but the 48-28 loss on Feb. 27 left a bitter pill that was a little hard to swallow.

The 20-2 Gladiators buried the Lakers with a heavy dose of Liza Erickson early, posting a 17-5 firstquarter edge and never looking back. Erickson had 14 points in the first eight minutes, including three triples.

“It’s not what I envisioned,” Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said after Lakers finished a 16-5 season. “Their in-your-face intensity on defense took us off the ball and made it hard for us to set up something offensively.


GLEN LAKE coach Jason Bradford follows the Class C district action while kneeling in front of the bench. Lakers, from left, are McKenna Turrill, Katie Stowe, Ty Fessell and Maddy Brown. GLEN LAKE coach Jason Bradford follows the Class C district action while kneeling in front of the bench. Lakers, from left, are McKenna Turrill, Katie Stowe, Ty Fessell and Maddy Brown. “Then we got into some foul trouble, were shook up a little bit and became hesitant about driving to the basket.”

Two Glen Lake players had three fouls in the first half and another had four. Two of the players fouled out.

“It takes you right out of your game because you can’t be as aggressive,” Bradford said. “And then that slows your offense up, too.”

St. Francis, which went on to beat Elk Rapids in the district title game, extended its lead over Glen Lake to 28-12 at the half and 42-18 after three quarters.

“Right off the bat we were frazzled a little bit by their defense and we never got our composure on offense,” said Glen Lake’s senior leader Scotlyn Brengman, who finished with 10 points. “It’s not the way I thought I’d end my career.”


HOLLIE DOWD of Glen Lake looks through the Traverse City St. Francis defense in the Class C district game on Feb. 27. HOLLIE DOWD of Glen Lake looks through the Traverse City St. Francis defense in the Class C district game on Feb. 27. Brengman, who went over the 1,000 career point mark last month, had the difficult assignment of trying to stop Erickson. The Gladiators’ top gun went over the 1,000 point mark herself in the third quarter and finished with a game- high 23.

Erickson started the night by draining two treys in the first minute of the game.

“Liza came out and hit the first two shots, boom-boom,” Bradford said. “She’s hard to stop.

“She has a good rocker step where she goes to the hoop and she can pull up and hit the 15-footer. “And the other girls on her team know when she’s going in, they are looking for rebounds.”

“Liza is a really good player and she’s even better when players set picks for her because she plays right off them,” Brengman said. “We just needed some help here and there for that.”

St. Francis coach Mike Knudsen said Erickson, who went over 1,000 with a three-pointer with just over three minutes left in the third quarter, had a memorable night offensively.

“Liza played very well tonight, but not a typical one scoring,” Knudsen said. “A lot of times, Liza does everything else.

“She’s one of the assist leaders, she does the rebounding and she’s always diving for the ball. She does a lot more than just score.”

Jordan Peplinski added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who finished the year with two losses each to Lake Michigan co-champ St. Francis and Northwest Conference champ Kinglsey and one with Lake Michigan co-champ Kalkaska.

The Gladiators beat Glen Lake 43-36 in the second game of the regular season, but Knudsen wasn’t taking the Lakers lightly.

“I was real worried about Glen Lake going into this game,” Knudsen. “Traditionally they are a very good basketball team.

“We played them early in the season and last summer, so we knew they were a good team.”

Unfortunately, the Lakers didn’t give the Gladiators their best shot.

“I’m really sad it’s over,” said Brengman, who also had five rebounds and two steals. “It was a really good season.”

Bradford concurred.

“It's the best finish yet,” Bradford said. “But we learned tonight a lot about intense defense and how it can throw somebody’s shot off.”

The Lakers will lose three seniors. In addition to Brengman, Bradford will lose Ty Fessell and Kira Surber, a firstyear player. Fessell was a three-year player.

“It will be tough to replace Scotlyn,” Bradford said. “She’s a ballhandler and a penetrator.

“So next year, we’ll have a different make-up.”

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