2018-02-01 / Sports

Lady Lakers spread the love, win big at Leland

Girls roundup: North Bay falls short at Benzie
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


GLEN LAKE guard Lily Ewing (14) finds a crease in the defense and attacks the rim Tuesday in the first half of a league game at Leland. GLEN LAKE guard Lily Ewing (14) finds a crease in the defense and attacks the rim Tuesday in the first half of a league game at Leland. Savannah Peplinski and the No. 6 Glen Lake girls raced out to a 24-1 lead and never looked back Tuesday in a 67-18 road win over Leland.

“Glen Lake played outstanding,” said Comets coach Ryan Knudsen, who was without top scorers Mollie Grishaw and Olivia Lowe due to injury. “It’s difficult to stop a team that has that much depth and is so well balanced.”

Peplinski, who finished with 10 points and four assists, was one of 12 different scorers for Glen Lake. Allie Bonzelet and Kaitlyn Schaub netted nine points apiece; Hailey Helling added eight. Sydney Hazelton finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.

The Lakers (12-1, 9-1 Northwest) ran the floor with authority and speed early, securing a 47-8 lead by halftime.


LELAND STANDOUTS Mollie Grishaw (left) and Olivia Lowe look on from the sidelines Tuesday. Grishaw suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the season. Lowe, who sprained her knee in a game against Onekama on Saturday, is expected to return soon. LELAND STANDOUTS Mollie Grishaw (left) and Olivia Lowe look on from the sidelines Tuesday. Grishaw suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the season. Lowe, who sprained her knee in a game against Onekama on Saturday, is expected to return soon. “I’ve been talking to the girls about the way we moved the ball last year,” Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said of his team, which racked up 14 assists in the first two quarters. “I saw a little bit of last year in them tonight.”

Gillian Grobbel led the Comets (3-10, 1-9 Northwest) with four points and eight rebounds. Grace Noorman scored four points, as well.

Leland will look to bounce back Monday at Mesick; the Lakers take on North Bay tonight in Maple City.

Bretzke, Huskies bite North Bay

Abby Bretzke poured in 19 of her 23 points in the first half on Tuesday as Benzie completed a regular-season sweep of North Bay at home, 55-34.

“We couldn’t really handle their pressure at all,” North Bay coach Jim Champion said. “Their coach did a magnificent job of keeping the score down. It was 27-13 after the first quarter and in the second quarter we scored two points. We just didn’t handle their pressure and their speed well enough.”

North Bay (7-8, 5-6 Northwest) nearly closed out the first half with a momentum-shifting moment — a 75-foot buzzer-beater from sophomore Paige Kohler — but officials ruled the shot was taken just after the clock struck zeros. Up 39-15, it was smooth sailing for the Huskies from there.

Kohler led North Bay with 13 points and four steals. Sarah Reynolds joined her in double figures with 12 points.

North Bay will follow up tonight’s home game against Glen Lake with a trip to Frankfort on Tuesday. The Panthers won the previous meeting in Suttons Bay last month, 65-41.

Eagles complete sweep of MCC

Hanna Grant scored 13 points and Nicole Wittman added eight points and eight rebounds Tuesday as St. Mary took care of business in a 49-25 win at Manistee Catholic Central.

“Nicole Wittman was an especially dedicated leader in this game,” St. Mary coach Pete Finch said, “but it was a total team effort again — with 10 players scoring on offense.”

The Eagles (10-2) also had seven points from Lexi Schaub and five points from Annalea Hobbins.

Players will take part in senior-night festivities tonight before the team takes on rival Grand Traverse Academy.

Portagers dispatch Comets

Onekama started fast, finished strong and returned home from Leland Saturday with a convincing 61-32 win.

“With it being our third game of the week as well as a makeup game on a Saturday, it seemed as though we were never able to get into a rhythm,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said. “We had a slow start to the game and were down 10-0 in the first couple of minutes, but we were able to come back and play them even the rest of the first quarter.”

The comeback attempt didn’t last long, however, as the Portagers pulled ahead 38-19 by halftime. The Comets shot just 8-of-46 from the floor (17.4 percent) and 13-of-32 from the free-throw line (40.6).

Olivia Lowe, who left the game with a sprained knee, recorded yet another double-double with 10 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Maddie Grosvenor supplied eight points, six boards, three assists and three steals. Tatum Karek tacked on seven points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

All Lakers score in 54-point win

The Glen Lake girls accomplished a rare feat against visiting Mesick last Thursday as 13 different Lakers found the scoresheet in a 70-16 league win.

Katie Scott was lucky No. 13, draining a jumper with about 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

“It was exciting,” Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said with a laugh.

Savannah Peplinski led the Lakers with 10 points. Lily Ewing netted nine points and two players, Sydney Hazelton and Jennifer LaCross, chipped in with eight points apiece.

Stags stay perfect in Leland

Kelsey Bies and Brittany Bowman poured in 15 points apiece last Thursday as visiting Kingsley — the No. 2 Class B team in the AP Poll this week — topped a young Leland team 76-29.

“Having the chance to play against one of the top teams in Class B gives us an opportunity to see how much we have improved over the course of the season,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said. “Even though the end result was only incrementally better than the first time we played them, we felt like we made some big improvements and took some steps in the right direction.”

The Comets knocked down 8-of-11 attempts from the free-throw line (72.7 percent) and, individually, had a solid showing from Olivia Lowe, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Kingsley won the previous meeting in December by a larger margin, 88-17.

North Bay outlasts Cade, Bears

Paige Kohler, Joan Ogemaw and Sarah Reynolds came through in the clutch last Wednesday as North Bay held off visiting Buckley 47-38.

The score was knotted up at 35 apiece through three quarters, but the North Bay trio took control of the game in the final frame by scoring all 12 of the team’s points.

“It was a real competitive game,” North Bay coach Jim Champion said. “They run their half-court man offense really well, but they didn’t really have an answer for Joan, Paige or Sarah.”

Ogemaw scored a game-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals; Kohler racked up 12 points, seven boards, seven steals and six assists; Reynolds finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

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