2017-02-09 / Sports

Bardenhagen’s big night leads Leland to second straight win

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


JULIE BARDENHAGEN, pictured during player introductions in a recent game at St. Mary, hit career highs in three categories in Leland’s 49-23 home win over Mesick on Tuesday. JULIE BARDENHAGEN, pictured during player introductions in a recent game at St. Mary, hit career highs in three categories in Leland’s 49-23 home win over Mesick on Tuesday. Simply put, Julie Bardenhagen had a career night in Leland on Tuesday.

Bardenhagen supplied a career-high 12 points, a career-high 10 steals and a career-high eight assists as the Lady Comets took another step in the right direction with a 49-23 victory over visiting Mesick.

The senior guard had plenty of help. Mollie Grishaw finished with 12 points, Olivia Fellows added eight points, Maddie Grosvenor contributed with six points and seven rebounds, and Kira Metcalf chipped in with five points and 12 rebounds. Paula Hoelterhoff pulled down 12 boards, as well.

Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said the victory was his team’s most complete performance of the 2016-17 campaign.

“They have all really improved throughout the season and we seem to really be moving in the right direction,” Knudsen said. “I am excited because I think our best basketball this season is still in front of us.”

Leland (4-11, 4-8 Northwest) led by just four points at halftime but took control in the third quarter by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 17-2.

The Lady Comets, who started the season 1-9, have now won three of their last five games.

The team got off to a shaky start last week in a 58-31 home loss to first-place Glen Lake but bounced back on Monday by completing a season sweep of Buckley on the road, 37-21. Leland made its move with another impressive third quarter, outscoring Buckley 10-2.

“We were able to sustain our effort on both sides of the court throughout the game which allowed us to create a lot of great opportunities,” Knudsen said. “As we have continued to improve this season, we have been able to convert more and more of those opportunities, and that has allowed us to develop more confidence and has helped us move forward as a team.”

Grishaw supplied a career-high 15 points in the victory to go with seven steals. Grosvenor added eight points and seven rebounds while Metcalf managed another huge game on the glass, finishing with seven points and 15 boards.

The Leland girls will look to win their third straight game on Tuesday against visiting Suttons Bay (4-12, 2-10 Northwest).

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