2016-12-08 / Sports

Jeffrey shoots Suttons Bay past GTA

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

The old adage about “the best offense being a good defense rang true for the Suttons Bay girls on Friday.

Defense led to turnovers, turnovers led to easy buckets and easy buckets led to a 59-35 Lady Norse victory at Grand Traverse Academy.

“We played solid defense and got some easy shots because of it,” said second-year Suttons Bay coach David Wheelock, who led the Norse to a 6-16 campaign last season.

Defensive efforts gave Suttons Bay (1-1) plenty of breathing room through two quarters as the Lady Norse limited GTA to just 12 first-half points.

Morgan Jeffrey, the lone returning starter for Suttons Bay, sparked the offensive outburst with a career-high 22 points. Fellow senior Corrine Vukasovich reached double figures, as well, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sydney Deadman added seven points and five boards.

The outcome stood in stark contrast to the team’s season-opening home loss to Elk Rapids last Wednesday in which Kendall Brown filled the stat sheet with 25 points.

Suttons Bay struggled to keep pace, with just nine points in each half. Anya Woods led all Lady Norse scorers with seven points.

“We couldn’t get a lot of shots to go,” Wheelock said after the game. “I thought we got a lot of good looks that I know we can and will make.”

That was certainly the case Friday.

The 59 points were the most scored by Suttons Bay since Wheelock took over in August 2015. The next highest scoring total, 47 points, came last season in a 65-47 loss at Glen Lake.

The Lady Norse, who were slated to play at St. Mary (1-0) after press time last night, will look to stay hot offensively against the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association on Friday, game one of a five-game homestand.

Suttons Bay will then enter Northwest Conference play in home games against Onekama on Wednesday, Buckley on Dec. 16, Benzie on Jan. 4 and Glen Lake (1-1) on Jan. 6.

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