2017-02-23 / Sports

Norse finish season on high note

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


MORGAN JEFFREY of Suttons Bay (12) pulls up for a jumper on Tuesday in the final home game of her career, a 36-point win over Mesick. Jeffrey and fellow senior Anya Woods combined for 31 points in the win. Photo: Ron Kramer MORGAN JEFFREY of Suttons Bay (12) pulls up for a jumper on Tuesday in the final home game of her career, a 36-point win over Mesick. Jeffrey and fellow senior Anya Woods combined for 31 points in the win. Photo: Ron Kramer The 2016-17 campaign hasn’t exactly been a storybook season for the Suttons Bay girls. Year two of the David Wheelock era has been chock full of injuries, lopsided losses, offensive woes and, most recently, a winless streak spanning 41 days.

None of that mattered on Tuesday.

The Lady Norse went out with a bang against visiting Mesick in their regular-season finale, snapping their 10-game slide on parents night and senior night with a 63-27 victory.

“The girls put on a show for everyone,” Wheelock said. “Our best offensive showing this year mixed with really good defense.”

The Lady Norse (5-15, 3-13 Northwest), who had not eclipsed the 60-point plateau since the 2014-15 season, shot lights out from the jump.

Suttons Bay shooters not only knocked down 8-of-9 attempts from the free-throw line but also a season-high nine 3-pointers.

“That really opened up their zone,” Wheelock said.

The offensive outburst came in stark contrast to the team’s previous meeting with Mesick, a 36-25 loss on Jan. 20.

Two seniors, Morgan Jeffrey and Anya Woods, fittingly led the charge offensively on senior night. Jeffrey finished with 18 points; Woods had 13.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the seniors on the team,” Wheelock said. “I have genuinely enjoyed getting to know them as young ladies and watching them grow as players.”

The Lady Norse, who suffered their 15th defeat in a 61-22 loss to visiting Kingsley last Thursday, now have some much-needed momentum heading into districts. The team will be tasked with taking on either Frankfort or St. Mary (12-5, 2-2 Cherryland) on Wednesday in the semifinals.

Suttons Bay went 0-3 against those teams this season. St. Mary handed Suttons Bay a 37-24 loss on Dec. 7 before Frankfort swept the Norse in league play, winning 63-17 and 51-37.

Wednesday’s game will follow the first semifinal matchup between Leland (5-14, 5-10 Northwest) and Northport (12-3, 3-1 Cherryland) at 6 p.m.

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