Glen Lake Falls to No. 6 Pewamo-Westphalia in Class C Semis
EAST LANSING – An historic season for the Glen Lake girls basketball team came to a close Thursday.
Making their first appearance in a state semifinal since 1995, the unranked Lakers dropped a 64-51 contest to No. 6 Pewamo-Westphalia in a Class C semifinal at Michigan State’s Breslin Center.
The 1978 Class D state champions, Glen Lake was playing for its first state title game appearance since 1979.
"For the younger girls to see it, the seventh and eighth graders, I think every one of those basketball players were here in the stands, watching us put our name out there, building the program,” Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said.
"Just to see our community come out and support,” added Glen Lake senior Sarah Carney. “We had so many fans here to support us. It’s just very, very rewarding to see just the support that we have.”
The Lakers opened Thursday’s contest with a 14-12 lead after the first quarter and led 25-24 at the half before trailing 45-38 through three quarters.
Allie Bonzelet led the Lakers with 14 points and four rebounds, while Jennifer LaCross tallied 13 points and a team-high seven boards. Kelly Bunek was the third Laker in double figures with 11 points.
Emily Spitzley posted a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds for Pewamo-Westphalia.
With the loss, Glen Lake concludes its season at 23-4. In addition to winning the program’s first district and regional titles since 2001, the Lakers completed an undefeated Northwest Conference season (16-0) and had won 11 straight prior to Thursday’s semifinal loss.
Pewamo-Westphalia (24-2) will now face Detroit Edison Public School Academy at 4 p.m. Saturday for the state championship. In Thursday’s earlier semifinal, Edison handed Flint Hamady a 54-31 defeat.