2016-12-15 / Sports

Northwest roundup: Norse find 3-point stroke

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY senior Morgan Jeffrey, pictured in the team’s district win at St. Mary in March, has jumped out to an early lead in the county scoring ranks with 12.8 points per game. SUTTONS BAY senior Morgan Jeffrey, pictured in the team’s district win at St. Mary in March, has jumped out to an early lead in the county scoring ranks with 12.8 points per game. Anya Woods scored a season-high 17 points, Morgan Jeffrey added 15 and the Suttons Bay girls secured their first home win of the season Friday against the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association, 59-39.

The 59-point performance matched a season-high output for the Lady Norse (2-2, 0-0 Northwest).

“I thought we played good on defense and it led to easy shots,” said second-year coach David Wheelock. “The offense is coming along but there is still room for improvement.”

Suttons Bay blew the game open in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 23-7 with a fury of triples.

Woods, Jeffrey, Sydney Deadman and Grace McCool each knocked down a 3-pointer in the second stanza.

Deadman finished with nine points.

The Lady Norse were slated to take on Onekama in Suttons Bay last night.

The homestand will continue tomorrow when Buckley visits at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Lakers stave off Stags

Key free throws from Kelly Bunek and Savannah Peplinski helped the Glen Lake girls escape Kingsley with a key Northwest Conference win on Friday, 42-38.

Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said Bunek and Peplinski combined to shoot 6-of-6 from the stripe in the closing stages, lifting the Lakers to victory.

“It was the biggest game of the season in conference play,” Bradford said. “We knew we wanted to take care of it on the road. It was a good test for us. We came out strong defensively, and offensively we missed some easy ones here and there but we had good shot selection. A few didn’t fall, but we opened up hot. It was 16-8 after the first quarter and that’s been one of our team goals — great ball movement.”

Bunek and Jennifer LaCross led the Lakers in scoring with 13 points apiece.

The Lakers (2-1, 1-0 Northwest) close out the 2016 portion of their season tomorrow against visiting Mesick.

Panthers power past Comets

A strong showing from Leland senior Kira Metcalf wasn’t enough for the Comets on Friday as visiting Frankfort came away with a 56-37 win.

Metcalf did all she could — finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals — but needed more help.

“After our first game last week (a 29-24 loss to Northport), I thought that we responded very well,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said. “We started out the game very strong and did a good job of taking care of the ball. I thought we really improved our ability to finish the opportunities we created offensively.”

The Lady Comets (0-2, 0-1 NWC), who were slated to travel to Buckley after press time last night, will host Kingsley tomorrow night.

Lady Norse drop district rematch

Suttons Bay was unable to duplicate its 2016 district semifinal performance against St. Mary in Lake Leelanau last Wednesday as the Lady Eagles exacted revenge with a 37-24 victory.

“Their press worked well and turned us over a lot,” Suttons Bay coach David Wheelock said.

More than 79 percent of the team’s offensive production came from two players as Morgan Jeffrey and Sydney Deadman scored 11 points and eight points, respectively.

In March, the Lady Norse ended St. Mary’s season in the same building with a 37-20 victory.

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