Three Lakes’ Mollee Gruszynski (No. 20) battles for a rebound with a Patriots defender during Friday’s game.
Three Lakes’ Mollee Gruszynski (No. 20) battles for a rebound with a Patriots defender during Friday’s game.
Three Lakes girls basketball coach Michele Brown has been waiting for a moment this season when both the offensive and defensive sides of her team clicked in unison.

That happened in a big way at Three Lakes this past Friday night as the Lady Bluejays offense soared for a season-high 83 points, and on the opposite side held the opposing Goodman-Pembine Patriots to just 30 points in what was, as Brown called it, a “really nice complete game.”

“We were able to contain their thousand-point scorer and hold her to just five points,” said Brown. “We had an outstanding shooting night and a great defensive performance. Now we are hoping that this carries over to our meeting with Elcho on Tuesday.”

The matchup with their rival Elcho has been rescheduled twice so far this season because of weather-related problems. The matchup will play a key factor, Brown said, in which Three Lakes could earn a playoff seeding during the upcoming meeting of schools this Saturday.

“We should be somewhere in the middle of the pack for our regional,” said Brown. “It’s hard to believe we’re at that point of the season. It was good to have a game like this. It helps us with our confidence. This is the time of year we play for what is the best part of the season.”

The offense wasted little time getting started Friday as the team dropped in eight of their 13 three-point shots on the night across the first half as they built a healthy 47-17 lead.

Things continued in the second as the home Bluejays rolled across the final 16 minutes to an easy Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) win.

Taylor Kolling led all scorers with 25 points on the night. She was followed by Sydney Lurvey with 19, Kara Sowinski with nine, Mollee Gruszynski with seven, Olivia Terlizzi and Kortnie Volk with six, Mari Szews with five, Allison Zwettler with four and Kamryn Anderson with two.

The victory pushed the overall record for Three Lakes to 10-7, though at 3-6 in league play they remain behind Crandon (9-0), Laona-Wabeno (7-3), Elcho (6-2) and Florence (5-4) in the NLC.

After the game Tuesday against Elcho, the team will travel to Wakefield-Marenisco next Monday before hosting White Lake next Tuesday. That game is scheduled for a 5:45 p.m. start on a boys/girls doubleheader night at Three Lakes.