2017-02-09 / Sports

Lakers bust out brooms, complete sweeps of county rivals

Teams fight cancer
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


COUNTY RIVALS Glen Lake and Suttons Bay teamed up to participate in Glen Lake’s annual “Fight the Fight” fundraiser on Tuesday. Proceeds from the event benefit area families who are currently battling cancer or have in the past. Totals weren’t added up by press time, but Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said the hope was to raise close to $5,000. Photo: Don Miller COUNTY RIVALS Glen Lake and Suttons Bay teamed up to participate in Glen Lake’s annual “Fight the Fight” fundraiser on Tuesday. Proceeds from the event benefit area families who are currently battling cancer or have in the past. Totals weren’t added up by press time, but Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said the hope was to raise close to $5,000. Photo: Don Miller Kelly Bunek refused to let a little cold keep her from a hot start against a Leelanau County rival.

Bunek scored all 16 of her points in the first half on Tuesday as Glen Lake followed up Friday’s 58-31 win at Leland with a 68-24 victory over visiting Suttons Bay.

Bunek and teammate Allie Bonzelet both battled through illness on a night in which the rivals came together to raise funds for Glen Lake’s “Fight the Fight” fundraiser.

“I’m definitely staying home from school tomorrow,” Bunek said.

All 10 Lakers scored in the victory, the team’s 26th straight in Northwest Conference play.

Glen Lake (11-2, 10-0 Northwest) executed on both ends of the floor, finding high-percentage shots and knocking them down with regularity.

Coach Jason Bradford said his team’s willingness to spread the ball around continues to pay off.

“Unselfish ball makes a fun game for the girls,” Bradford said.

Two sophomores, Sydney Hazelton and Kaitlyn Schaub, joined Bunek in double figures. Schaub scored 12 points while Hazelton contributed with a career-high 11 points.

Morgan Jeffrey led the way offensively for Suttons Bay (4-12, 2-10 Northwest) with 13 points. Paige Kohler, a freshman who led the team with eight points in the team’s 62-16 loss at Benzie last Thursday, added a career-high 10 points.

“We had several girls play a ton of minutes and they never took a break,” Suttons Bay coach David Wheelock said. “We had some freshmen score again, which was helpful and will be helpful in the future.”

Bunek said the Lakers came into the game focused on competing for four quarters, especially after a late letdown against Leland.

The Comets (4-11, 4-8 Northwest) outscored Glen Lake 16-7 in the fourth quarter on Friday, although the Lakers already had a comfortable lead on the strength of a 22-4 first quarter.

“Glen Lake is the best team in the Northwest Conference for a reason, and they started out this game really strong,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said via email. “However, I thought we played very well in the second half and we really had a nice run of some good basketball that we can continue to build on the rest of the season.”

Bunek led all scorers with 13 points in the victory. Savannah Peplinski added 11.

Mollie Grishaw and Kira Metcalf paced the Lady Comets with eight points apiece.

The Lady Lakers, who outscored Leland and Suttons Bay 246-105 this season, will close out their four-game homestand this week with games against Onekama, McBain and Buckley.

Suttons Bay will host Frankfort tonight before heading to Leland on Tuesday.

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