Glen Lake Falls to Arbor Prep in Class C Semifinals

GRAND RAPIDS – For the second straight season, the Glen Lake girls basketball team saw its season come to an end in the MHSAA Class C state semifinals.

Facing defending Class B state runner-up and 2016 Class C state champion Ypsilanti Arbor Prep, the Lakers fell behind early and never quite recovered in a 53-35 loss at Calvin College’s Van Noord Arena on Thursday.

“These girls are used to fighting back. It’s been that way since their freshman year,” Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford said. “Each tournament run, they’ve come back from a deficit of 20, you know, against St. Francis, so a lot of composure, a lot of heart. They always keep on fighting.”

Thanks to a handful of Laker turnovers, the Gators jumped out to a 14-5 lead after the opening quarter and led 28-17 at the half. Glen Lake committed 18 turnovers in the game and never secured a lead.

Mahri, Jala and Lasha Petree combined for 32 of Arbor Prep’s 53 points, as Mahri and Lasha Petree totaled 12 points apiece.

Hailey Helling led Glen Lake with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists, while Jennifer LaCross chipped in with 10 points.

Runners-up in the Northwest Conference, Glen Lake dropped only a pair of regular-season games to league champion and Class B semifinalist Kingsley. Glen Lake picked up wins over Traverse City St. Francis (52-47), Manton (55-48), Houghton Lake (71-36), Charlevoix (66-35) and St. Ignace (56-52) en route to the state semifinals.

The Lakers will graduate five seniors, as Jennifer LaCross, Allie Bonzelet, Hannah Nowicki, Savannah Peplinski and Katie Scott closed out their prep careers on Thursday.

“It’s exciting because it’s with a different team and my sister is playing more, so for me, it’s me and Karrigan (LaCross), we kind of get to experience it together,” Jennifer LaCross said. “As a team, it’s just fun. The memories we make not just during the games or whatever, at the hotel, it means a lot and I’ll probably think about it when I’m missing basketball.”

Glen Lake concludes its year at 23-3.

Arbor Prep (21-5) will now face reigning Class C state champion Detroit Edison Public School Academy (23-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday. Detroit Edison handed Pewamo-Westphalia a 50-39 loss in Thursday’s earlier semifinal.

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