2018-01-04 / Sports

Lakers breeze through December, gear up for conference challengers

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


“PAST & PRESENT” members of the Glen Lake girls basketball program gather for a post-alumni-game photo in Maple City on Friday. Coach Jason Bradford said the savvy alumni team beat his 2017-18 Lady Lakers by three points. Photo: Bob Ewing “PAST & PRESENT” members of the Glen Lake girls basketball program gather for a post-alumni-game photo in Maple City on Friday. Coach Jason Bradford said the savvy alumni team beat his 2017-18 Lady Lakers by three points. Photo: Bob Ewing If any Leelanau County team made an early season statement last month, it was the Glen Lake girls. The Lakers posted double-digit victories against all five of their December opponents — outscoring teams 344 to 163.

So far, so good.

“Knock on wood,” coach Jason Bradford said. “We took a big break and spent time with family; now we gear up for the second half of the season. It was a good time to take a little break and work on our weaknesses.”

Weaknesses haven’t exactly popped off the stat sheet through five games, but Bradford is wise to nitpick.

Rumor has it Benzie and Kingsley are the real deal — meaning Glen Lake’s 34-game Northwest Conference win streak will be on the line in four marquee matchups in 2018.


GLEN LAKE girls JV basketball coach and former Michigan State star Liz Moeggenberg makes her way up the court on Friday in the Past & Present Alumni Game. Also pictured in white from left are Glen Lake varsity standouts Jennifer LaCross, Allie Bonzelet and Kaitlyn Schaub. Photo: Bob Ewing GLEN LAKE girls JV basketball coach and former Michigan State star Liz Moeggenberg makes her way up the court on Friday in the Past & Present Alumni Game. Also pictured in white from left are Glen Lake varsity standouts Jennifer LaCross, Allie Bonzelet and Kaitlyn Schaub. Photo: Bob Ewing “We’ve got tape on Kingsley,” Bradford said. “Still working on one for Benzie, but they played us tough last year and always gear up. It doesn’t matter if it’s home or away. The girls pride themselves on that. You look at the Benzie game last year, and we’re down by five with a minute to go. With Kingsley, it’s the same lineup they had last year. They played man with another strong team we’ll see in districts, but they love to shoot the 3 and score scrappy buckets on their press.”

Glen Lake has shown it has the ability to do the same — and use a handful of capable scorers in the process.

The team currently has four players averaging 9.8 or more points per game: Savannah Peplinski (14.8), Kaitlyn Schaub (12.2), Allie Bonzelet (9.8) and Jennifer LaCross (9.8).

All were instrumental in the team’s trip to the state semifinals last year — and they’re all hoping to make it back.

“It’s a possibility,” Bradford said. “You don’t want to look too far ahead, but it’s a similar lineup with districts.

“It’s looking positive.”

The Lakers, who were slated to host North Bay after press time last night, host Onekama Friday and Buckley Wednesday.

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