2017-12-21 / Sports

Peplinski, Lakers cruise past Cadillac

Defense dominant as Glen Lake drops Mesick and Leland
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


CADILLAC GUARD Hannah Emington (2) looks for breathing room Tuesday as Glen Lake players Savannah Peplinski (24) and Allie Bonzelet (11) attempt to clog up passing lanes. CADILLAC GUARD Hannah Emington (2) looks for breathing room Tuesday as Glen Lake players Savannah Peplinski (24) and Allie Bonzelet (11) attempt to clog up passing lanes. The Glen Lake girls had it going from the opening tip on Tuesday.

Jen LaCross hit a fast-break layup five seconds in. Savannah Peplinski made it 5-0 on an old-fashioned threepoint play 15 seconds later. Then, after Cadillac answered with a jumper on the ensuing possession, Peplinski knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing.

The clash between 2017 quarterfinalists didn’t exactly live up to its billing as the Lady Lakers opened up an 8-2 lead in less than a minute.

And they never looked back.

The fast start and fiery full-court pressure from start to finish sent Glen Lake into winter break with an impressive 72-57 win — and a 5-0 record.

“We’re finally starting to click as a team,” said Peplinski, who finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. “Our first few games, our press was not too good, but it’s gotten better. ... I love pressing.”

It showed.

Ten Glen Lake players scored as the Lakers (5-0, 2-0 NWC) forced turnover after turnover and found ways to convert them into fast-break buckets.

Peplinski, LaCross and Allie Bonzelet were especially opportunistic.

LaCross finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists; Bonzelet had 13 points, four rebounds and four steals.

“If we really want to, we can put the points up,” coach Jason Bradford said.

The Lakers proved it last week while extending their conference win streak to 34 games. The team won 66-7 at Mesick last Wednesday and 79-23 against visiting Leland on Friday.

Glen Lake didn’t surrender a first-quarter point in either game.

“We will be much better in the long run because we have the opportunity to play this level of competition,” said Lady Comets coach Ryan Knudsen, who was without leading scorers Mollie Grishaw and Grace Noorman.

Peplinski paced Glen Lake with 17 points in the win on Friday. LaCross and Kaitlyn Schaub added 13 points apiece; Bonzelet had 11.

Two freshmen, Tatum Kareck and Olivia Lowe, led Leland with nine points and eight points, respectively.

Glen Lake was even better defensively against Mesick, limiting the Lady Bulldogs to three baskets.

“It was a smooth game,” Bradford said of his team’s performance. “The game was under control and we played pretty well with pretty decent ball movement. Mesick can be helter skelter, so it was nice to see us under control and have a nice game offensively.”

Twelve Glen Lake players scored in the win. Peplinski led with 12; Bonzelet had 10 and three players — LaCross, Schaub and Hailey Helling — each chipped in with seven points.

The Lakers (5-0, 2-0 NWC) will play game No. 3 of their five-game homestand against North Bay Jan. 3.

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