2016-12-08 / Sports

Lady Lakers bounce back, run past Elk Rapids at home

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

LEFT: JENNIFER LACROSS draws contact from Elk Rapids sophomore Drew Antcliff while attacking the paint during third-quarter action in Glen Lake on Monday.LEFT: JENNIFER LACROSS draws contact from Elk Rapids sophomore Drew Antcliff while attacking the paint during third-quarter action in Glen Lake on Monday.
Savannah Peplinski scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Monday as the Glen Lake girls rebounded from a season-opening loss at Traverse City St. Francis with a 47-28 victory over visiting Elk Rapids.

The Lady Lakers, who finished 20-3 last season, weren’t able to press Elk Rapids off the court like they did in a 59-39 road win a season ago — but they found ways to adjust.

“There’s still some work to be done with positioning, when to come up and when to fall back, but we’re more in shape and aggressive,” said senior Kelly Bunek, who finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Kaitlyn Schaub and Jennifer LaCross added 10 points and nine points, respectively, while Allie Bonzelet chipped in with five points.


BELOW: KELLY BUNEK knocks down one of her 10 points Monday during Glen Lake’s home win over Elk Rapids. BELOW: KELLY BUNEK knocks down one of her 10 points Monday during Glen Lake’s home win over Elk Rapids. Coach Jason Bradford, who has guided Glen Lake to a 36-10 record in the last two seasons, said his team got the job done with scrappy half-court defense. That was particularly the case in the fourth quarter when the Lakers limited Elk Rapids to just four points.

“You saw the hustle,” Bradford said. “We got a few girls with knee pads on because they’re tired of bruises.

“The defense never lets down.”

The Lakers, who went 14-0 against Northwest Conference opponents in 2015-16, will enter league play on Friday with a road test at Kingsley.

Glen Lake outscored the Stags 128- 88 in two meetings with Kingsley last year. LaCross proved to be a tough matchup for the Stags in those contests, scoring a season-high 22 points in the first game and 10 in the second.

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