2018-01-25 / Sports

Brumfield delivers as Stags stop Glen Lake streak at 39

LaCross, Lakers bounce back from Kingsley loss with big win at McBain
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


REBEKAH CROSBY of Kingsley contests a shot from Glen Lake center Kaitlyn Schaub on Friday in the first half of a highly anticipated Northwest Conference clash. REBEKAH CROSBY of Kingsley contests a shot from Glen Lake center Kaitlyn Schaub on Friday in the first half of a highly anticipated Northwest Conference clash. Jalynn Brumfield transitioned across the half-court line, looked back at an incoming lead pass, seamlessly plucked the 50-50 ball out of midair with her right hand and finished at the basket.

Brumfield’s fast-break bucket with less than two minutes to play Friday put Kingsley up 13 and served as the dagger in a 61-45 win over Glen Lake.

Just like that, Glen Lake’s Northwest Conference win streak stopped at 39.

“It’s crazy,” said Brumfield, who poured in 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds. “We all wanted this.”

The atmosphere was electric for the highly anticipated clash of conference contenders as Kingsley entered the game as the No. 3 team in Class B and Glen Lake came in at No. 6 in Class C.


KINGSLEY GUARD and Ferris State commit Jalynn Brumfield (00) sets her sights on the rim Friday in a 61-45 home win over Glen Lake. KINGSLEY GUARD and Ferris State commit Jalynn Brumfield (00) sets her sights on the rim Friday in a 61-45 home win over Glen Lake. The highlight of the game came courtesy of Jacie King, who buried a first-quarter buzzer beater from just past half court to put the Stags up 11-10. The shot sparked an 18-2 run for Kingsley (now 12-0, 9-0 Northwest) as Glen Lake (10-1, 7-1) struggled to get anything going. Rushed possessions and uncharacteristic turnovers had the Lakers looking discombobulated.

“My pet peeve as a coach is giving up that buzzer beater,” Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said. “It’s a momentum-builder for them, but that’s when you have to come back, grind harder and take it at them.”

Glen Lake trailed 30-17 at halftime but battled back admirably, trimming the Kingsley lead to six at one point in the fourth quarter. With key seniors in foul trouble and Brumfield putting her athleticism on full display, however, the Lakers came up empty-handed.

Kingsley coach Matt Schelich said depth made a big difference.

“They have to have two or three kids get it done,” Schelich said after the game. “We don’t. We find two or three kids to get it done out of our herd.”

Among them on Friday was Brittany Bowman, who went 6-of-6 at the free-throw line and finished with 12 points.

Kaitlyn Schaub led the Lakers offensively with 14 points. Jen LaCross also reached double figures with 10.

The Lakers, who slipped to No. 8 among Class C teams in the AP Poll, are slated to host last-place Mesick tonight. They’ll get another crack at Brumfield and the Stags, who are still No. 3 in Class B, when Kingsley comes to Maple City on Feb. 20.

Free throws lift Lakers at McBain

LaCross poured in 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds on Tuesday as Glen Lake rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 50-43 non-conference win at McBain.

Bradford said free throws were key as his Lakers pulled away down the stretch. The team knocked down 11-of- 15 freebies in the fourth quarter.

“It was a tough game last year, too. They’re a scrappy team,” Bradford said, referencing McBain’s 46-42 overtime win in Maple City last season. “It was nice to win on their home floor.”

LaCross and Bonzelet shot 8-of-11 and 6-of-6 from the stripe, respectively. Bonzelet finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Lakers double up Panthers

LaCross put up 20 points last Wednesday as Glen Lake cruised past visiting Frankfort for its 39th consecutive Northwest Conference win, 68-34.

“She never gives up inside,” Bradford said of the senior forward. “She never stops moving.”

Savannah Peplinski, meanwhile, put together a productive night on the perimeter by knocking down 3-of-6 attempts from long range and finishing with 18 points. Bonzelet added eight points; Hailey Helling and Hannah Nowicki scored seven apiece. Nowicki had a nice night on the glass, as well, with 10 rebounds.

The Lakers, who led 43-17 at the half, will see Frankfort again in their regular-season finale.

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