Three Lakes senior Sara Gruszynski turned in a 19-point, 11-rebound performance, but with eight different contributors offensively and a 12-of-15 performance from the free throw line the Laona-Wabeno Lady Rebels were able to put enough distance between themselves and Three Lakes late, taking a key Northern Lakes Conference matchup 49-41 in Three Lakes last Tuesday.

“It was a pretty even game most of the way, and we had opportunities but just couldn’t get it done,” said Coach Michele Brown. “We gave ourselves plenty of chances offensively, but there too, just a few too many turnovers against their pressure. A disappointing loss for sure.”

A back-and-fourth game through the first 17 minutes had the visitors only up two at the break. Brown said down the stretch that free throws, and Three Lakes’ inability to get a few more outside shots to drop, was the difference.

“While we shot fairly well from inside the three point line, we didn’t shoot well from behind the arc, which has been fairly friendly for us,” she said. “They outscored us at the line by eight points which was the difference in the game, ironically. Sara had a very nice night. We will look to play them for a third time down the road in playoff action.”

Behind Gruszynski, Three Lakes got seven points from Kallie Volk who also had a pair of rebounds and assists. Kara Sowinski added six points and led the way with eight assists to go along with three rebounds. Mari Szews chipped in five points, six rebounds and two steals. Olivia Terlizzi rounded out the scoring as she had four points with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Following a win against Elcho later in the week, the Lady Bluejays are now 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the Northern Lakes, trailing Crandon (5-1) and Laona-Wabeno (4-2).

After traveling to Rhinelander this past Monday, the team will host Goodman-Pembine this coming Thursday in NLC action. That game is set for a 6 p.m. start.

Win over Elcho

After a tough loss to Laona-Wabeno, Three Lakes got back to winning ways at home Thursday, defeating Elcho handily, 63-22.

“All the kids got to see some action in this one and made it into the scoring column, with the exception of one,” said Brown. “Jenna Erikson played a very nice game off the bench with eight points, six steals and seven rebounds.”

Three Lakes’ defense was in full-force throughout the first half, allowing just nine points going into the break while holding a commanding 24-point lead.

Sowinski led all scorers on the night with 13 points to go along with five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Gruszynski added a dozen, and also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kaya Szews and Volk also added eight points and four rebounds each. Volk also had five assists.

Mari Szews added six points and led the way with 12 rebounds while Terlizzi also added six points. Karlee Weavers chipped in with two points, also getting three boards and two assists.