The revenge factor isn’t something most players or coaches will admit playing into a gameplan, but after losing their season-opener to Northland Pines back in November, it was a good measuring stick for the Three Lakes girls basketball team this past Thursday as they traveled to Eagle River and got a quality road win with a 65-56 victory over Northland Pines.

“We lost a tough one to them back in November and were determined not to let that happen again,” said coach Michele Brown. “It was a back and forth game for the most part, with the exception of a couple of runs by each team.”

Three Lakes struggled in the first half to gain any type of offensive momentum, mainly due in part to costly turnovers which Brown said plagued her team through the first 16 minutes.

“After the break, the girls stepped up,” Brown said. “Kara Sowinski though was the x-factor tonight. This was by far her best game in her young career. She simply took what Pines gave her, and did what she could to help get us the win.”

With Pines concentrated on controlling Three Lakes’ top two scorers in Taylor Kolling and Sydney Lurvey, Sowinski reaped the benefits as she finished with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, was 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line and also chipped in with eight assists.

“Offensively, we’ve been pretty happy with the play of late,” said Brown. “We have won four in a row now, but still would like to see the girls play some tougher defense.

“We also need to keep working on reducing the number of turnovers each time out. We’re getting more contributions from other kids so that’s very encouraging.”

Lurvey finished with 15 points followed by Kortnie Volk with nine and Kolling with seven. Mollee Gruszynski added six points and had a banner night on the glass as she grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the team. Volk added five rebounds and Sowinski had four.

“Overall, just a nice win on the road for us,” said Brown.

The Lady Bluejays can hope to get a little home cooking as their next three straight are in Three Lakes, starting Thursday against Florence.

“That should be a good game for us,” said Brown.

Following the Northern Lakes Conference matchup with Florence, the team will host Tomahawk on Friday before getting back into league play next Tuesday against Laona/Wabeno.

All games are set for a 7 p.m. start.


Win over White Lake

Following the team’s big road win over Northland Pines, Three Lakes easily handled White Lake whose return to the varsity stage after a three-year absence was applauded by Brown.

“It was good to be able to get some non-starters some extended minutes,” said Brown, whose team came away with an 80-21 win. “It can be tough to get up to play versus a team like White Lake, but we performed well. Fortunately, we got the win and came away with no injuries.”

Each player who suited up was able to crack the scoring column for Three Lakes led by Lurvey with 15, Kolling with 14, Mari Szews with 13, and Olivia Terlizzi with 11.