Forward Sara Gruszynski (No. 34) lifts a jumper toward the rim during last week’s game against Florence.
Forward Sara Gruszynski (No. 34) lifts a jumper toward the rim during last week’s game against Florence.
The Three Lakes Bluejays girls basketball team won a pair of contests last week, and in the process ran their season high win-streak to six games as they first downed Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) foe Florence, 66-39 and followed it up with a 63-56 nonconference win over Coleman.

“We were able to get two nice wins this past week, one against a conference opponent who only had two losses, and another against a 9-1 Coleman team that is at the top their conference,” said coach Michele Brown.

Brown said her team is playing well at a good time as they will have a busy week ahead with three games in four days.

Following their game Monday night against Hurley, the team will host a pair of NLC games, first with Goodman-Pembine Tuesday night followed by league-leading Laona-Wabeno, Thursday.

The Laona-Wabeno Rebels are tied atop the NLC currently at 3-1, sitting alongside Crandon (3-1). Three Lakes could take a step in the right direction with a win, as they sit at 2-1, and would be tied at 3-1 with a win Tuesday night over Goodman-Pembine. Game times for Tuesday and Thursday game at Three Lakes are set for 6 p.m.

Win at Florence

On the road in Florence, Brown said her team was able to get back to their pre-Christmas break form, coming out of the gates well as they established an early lead with solid play from Kallie Volk and Kara Sowinski.

“Kallie got us started once again scoring the first eight points of the game, including on a nice three-point play to go with a jumper and three-point shot,” said Brown. “Kara assisted on all three scores. It didn’t take long and we were up 28-3 during the half and ended with a 41-20 halftime lead.”

Brown said the solid play continued in the second, as Volk finished with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds and two assists. Sowinski had a good game also, finishing with 15 points, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc, eight assists and four steals.

Sara Gruszynski added 11 points on the night to go along with five rebounds. Karlee Weavers had a nice game also, finishing with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field. Kaya Szews followed her with seven points. Senior Mari Szews finished with four point, but had a huge night on the glass as she finished with 18 rebounds, 11 of which came on the offensive end.

“We dominated in every category of the game in this one,” said Brown. “It was a great team win.”

Win at Coleman

Following their win in Florence, the team traveled to face Coleman who led the Marinette-Oconto Conference with a 9-1 record coming into the game.

“The girls had a hard time getting going in this one,” said Brown.

Coleman got out of the gates quick as they took the opening tip for a layup, and followed it with another quick shot to take a 4-0 lead.

“We soon found ourselves down 11-2, but we let the girls play through it and they did a great job not panicking,” said Brown “And gradually we got ourselves back into the game.”

Volk’s 13 first-half points along with the ability for the Bluejays to get some defensive stops helped as the team tied the game at 19. The early nine-point deficit was gone, and it slowly turned into a seven-point lead for Three Lakes at the half.

“We never lost the lead again, extending it to 16 points at one time,” said Brown. “We lapsed a bit, allowing them to get back within six. From there we tried to run some time off the clock which forced them into fouling us.”

Brown said her team has worked through some struggles at the free throw line as they finished the night 11-of-24.

“Kara really came through at the end, converting on 7-of-9 free throws, to keep them at bay,” said Brown. “This was a great game for us in two different areas. We got to see the girls battle back from an early deficit, and then being able to finish out the game at the end with a very nice win on the road against a formidable opponent. This should be a good prep for our game coming up with Laona-Wabeno.”

Volk led all scorers with 19 points including five from behind the arc. She added six rebounds and two assists. Sowinski was right behind her finishing with 18 points, eight assists and four steals. Mari Szews had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, plus two big blocks in the first half. Gruszynski finished with eight points and five rebounds.