2018-03-15 / Sports

Schaub leads Glen Lake back to Final Four

Lakers to play Ypsilanti Arbor Prep at Calvin this afternoon


GLEN LAKE players surround senior leader Jen LaCross moments after a 60-56 quarterfinal win over St. Ignace in Gaylord on Tuesday. Pictured from left are little sister Karrigan LaCross, Hailey Helling, Savannah Peplinski, Jen LaCross and Allie Bonzelet. GLEN LAKE players surround senior leader Jen LaCross moments after a 60-56 quarterfinal win over St. Ignace in Gaylord on Tuesday. Pictured from left are little sister Karrigan LaCross, Hailey Helling, Savannah Peplinski, Jen LaCross and Allie Bonzelet. Glen Lake players and coaches knew a breakout game was coming.

They just didn’t know when.

“She is a force to be reckoned with,” Savannah Peplinski said of teammate Kaitlyn Schaub. “Once she gets mad, you know it’s going to be her game.”

Schaub got mad in the Class C quarterfinal in Gaylord on Tuesday — and No. 2 St. Ignace had no answer. With two of Glen Lake’s top three weapons in foul trouble, the junior center poured in a career-high 20 points, pulled down five rebounds and carried No. 10 Glen Lake to a 60-56 victory.

What set her off was seeing senior teammate Jen LaCross charged with her fifth foul midway through the third quarter and ejected from the game — which was somewhat of a foul frenzy.


GLEN LAKE junior center Kaitlyn Schaub took control of the game in the third quarter before finishing with 20 points. GLEN LAKE junior center Kaitlyn Schaub took control of the game in the third quarter before finishing with 20 points. “Every time I get off the bench, coaches tell me to be a beast,” Schaub said. “So I was like, ‘I’m going to be a beast tonight. I want this game.’ With Jen fouling out, I decided to do this for Jen. I said I’m going to do it and there’s nothing to stop me, so I put it to the wood and it turned out in our favor.”

The Lakers (23-2) advance to the Class C semifinals at Calvin College’s Van Noord Arena in Grand Rapids, where they’ll play Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (20-5) today at 2 p.m.

St. Ignace coach Dorene Ingalls said she’ll be pulling for Glen Lake.

“Glen Lake came out with a lot of heart, and they got to a lot of loose balls before we did,” Ingalls said after the game. “They earned it.”

For the second straight year, St. Ignace (23-2) was a worthy adversary. The Saints jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led for the majority of the game, capping the first and second quarters with leads of 13-10 and 31-26.

Glen Lake wouldn’t go away.

“We knew it was going to be a battle, but we knew we could do it,” Lakers coach Jason Bradford said. “I told the girls to be confident. That’s half of it.”

Schaub certainly looked confident in the third quarter, earning a trio of and-1 opportunities and scoring 11 points.

She needed help, however, and LaCross made sure she got it.

“I said, ‘I’m counting on you guys,’” said LaCross, who is averaging 11.2 points per game this season. “We’re having practice tomorrow.”

Peplinski, who sealed the game with free throws in the fourth quarter, and Allie Bonzelet, who knocked down a trio of trifectas, pulled their weight.

So did LaCross’s little sister, Karrigan LaCross, whose layup with less than 2:30 to play in the fourth frame gave Glen Lake a 55-52 edge.

“I’m proud,” Jen LaCross said. “I’d like to take a little credit for playing with her (all these years) — but it’s all her. It’s all her heart.”

Bonzelet finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and eight steals. Peplinski tacked on 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jen LaCross had seven points; Hailey Helling scored six and Karrigan LaCross had five.

Emily Coveyou paced St. Ignace with 18 points. Linnie Gustafson, who also played through foul trouble, added 14.

The Lakers will likely need a similar effort to advance to the Class C title game, which is slated for Saturday.

If they do, they’ll take on No. 7 Detroit Edison (22-1) or No. 1 Pewamo-Westphalia (25-0) — the team Glen Lake lost to in the semifinals at the Breslin Center last year.

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