The Lady Jays’ Mari Szews worked inside against Saint Thomas Aquinas, scoring two points.
The Lady Jays’ Mari Szews worked inside against Saint Thomas Aquinas, scoring two points.
The Three Lakes girls basketball team put a quality win under its belt last Tuesday, hosting St. Thomas Aquinas in a nonconference battle and coming away with a 70-45 win.

“We came out strong right from the tip, and continued to play well until the buzzer went off,” said coach Michele Brown. “It was nice to see more balanced scoring again.”

Four different Bluejays scored in double figures, led by Taylor Kolling with a game-high 19 points and 16 from Sydney Lurvey. Kolling dropped in five 3-point shots, while Lurvey added two of her own long distance shots to help offensively.

Brown said the defense also played well.

“Our pressure defense wore them down,” said Brown. “We also were able to push the ball on offense, something we’re working on improving. We held their top scorer, Liana Baxter, and one of the top players from the M&O Conference, to five points in the first half.”

While Kolling and Lurvey highlighted the offensive effort, Brown couldn’t go without acknowledging the work of point guard Kara Sowinski, who was just two assists away from posting a triple-double on the night.

“She has had some nice games lately and it’s really nice to see our point guard contributing in many ways,” said Brown. “She’s one of the kids that makes this team tick, and if she’s on her game we’ve got a chance every night out.”

Sowinski contributed 12 points for Three Lakes, followed by 11 from Mari Szews, eight from Sara Gruszynski and two apiece from Kortnie Volk and Emily Fink.

“We’ve seen improvement in many of our players and we’ll keep pushing them to improve each time out,” said Brown. “We are striving for more consistency as a team each night out, not just every other game or so.”

The Lady Jays will get a tough nonconference contest at home Tuesday when they host Hurley. Three Lakes will then head back out on the road, facing Florence in a Northern Lakes Conference game this Friday, Jan. 17, at 7:15 p.m.