2018-02-22 / Sports

Brumfield, Stags complete perfect season

Stags withstand first-quarter run, pull ahead late to claim league championship

KINGSLEY PLAYERS explode off the bench Tuesday following a Jalynn Brumfield 3-pointer in the second quarter. KINGSLEY PLAYERS explode off the bench Tuesday following a Jalynn Brumfield 3-pointer in the second quarter. The student section erupted.

Allie Bonzelet’s first-quarter buzzer beater put Glen Lake up 19-11 on the No. 1 Class B team in the state and capped a 12-0 run highlighted by the second foul committed by Kingsley’s star senior, Jalynn Brumfield.

Glen Lake had the momentum.

Kingsley took it back.

Nifty reverse layups, key 3-pointers and scrappy defense lifted Brumfield and her teammates to a 70-66 road win over the Lakers on Tuesday — the last of an undefeated regular season.

“We got a little hesitant, a little comfortable there in the second quarter,” Lakers coach Jason Bradford said. “We went for a few home runs and it cost us, but we still brought it back.”

Glen Lake (17-2, 13-2 Northwest) knotted the score with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter after a 3-pointer from Hailey Helling, but a Brumfield layup put Kingsley (20-0, 16-0 Northwest) ahead for good.

Bradford said his Lakers weren’t thrilled to see Kingsley win the league championship, but that his girls gained confidence despite the loss.

“Those are the games you live for,” Bradford said. “You know going into a conference title against the top-ranked team in Class B, it’s a fun game you’ll remember forever.”

Brumfield paced all players in points with 22 and rebounds with 14. Jacie King added 18 points.

Kaitlyn Schaub led Glen Lake with 16 points and eight rebounds. Savannah Peplinski added 15 points, six boards and three assists. Helling had 12 points and eight rebounds. Jennifer LaCross tallied 11 points, six boards and five assists. Allie Bonzelet scored 10.

“You have to watch a lot of high school basketball games to see a team finish with five kids in double figures and not win,” Kingsley coach Matt Schelich said.

The Lakers will close out their regular season at Frankfort tonight.


Frankfort runs past Leland

Olivia Lowe and her Leland teammates geared up for the District 117 tournament on Tuesday with a 65-38 home loss to Frankfort.

The Comets (5-15, 3-13 Northwest) and Panthers will clash in Frankfort on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

“I thought we did a fantastic job of handling their full-court pressure for most of the game,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said. “We were within six to eight points until the last couple of minutes of the third quarter when we had a couple of defensive breakdowns and some untimely turnovers that allowed them to get out to a more comfortable lead.”

Lowe led Leland with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Tatum Kareck added seven points and six rebounds.

North Bay finishes .500

It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.

Joan Ogemaw scored 16 points and Paige Kohler added 15 last Thursday as North Bay capped its season on a high note with a 36-21 win at Mesick.

North Bay (10-10, 8-8 Northwest) had five points from all other players.

“OK defensive effort,” North Bay coach Jim Champion said, “bad half-court offensive performance.”

Bretzke, Huskies bite Comets

Abby Bretzke poured in a game-high 26 points last Thursday as Benzie completed its sweep of Leland, 68-33.

“We were just not able to adjust quickly enough to their half-court trap in the second quarter, which allowed Benzie to open up the game,” Leland coach Ryan Knudsen said.

Benzie led 42-13 at the half.

Grace Noorman led Leland offensively with 12 points. Gillian Grobbel added 10 points and five rebounds.

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