2011-03-10 / Sports

Mackinac Island Girls Win NLL Conference Tourney

By David Latva


The Mackinac Island Lakers team is the Northern Lights League Tournament champion, outscoring Beaver Island 43 to 39 for the title in Hannahville Saturday, February 26. Team members are (standing, from left) Mackenzie Bean, Dana Roguska, Amelia Roe, Hailey Armstrong, Halee Tokarz, Marie Bunker, Zhané Nash, Coach Mary Patay, Hailey Bean, Adrienne Rilenge, Mary Shockling, Shannon Blanton; (kneeling, left) Morgan Brodeur-Bunker and Maggie Chambers. (Photograph courtesy of Michael Thompson) The Mackinac Island Lakers team is the Northern Lights League Tournament champion, outscoring Beaver Island 43 to 39 for the title in Hannahville Saturday, February 26. Team members are (standing, from left) Mackenzie Bean, Dana Roguska, Amelia Roe, Hailey Armstrong, Halee Tokarz, Marie Bunker, Zhané Nash, Coach Mary Patay, Hailey Bean, Adrienne Rilenge, Mary Shockling, Shannon Blanton; (kneeling, left) Morgan Brodeur-Bunker and Maggie Chambers. (Photograph courtesy of Michael Thompson) The Mackinac Island Lakers’ undefeated 17-0 record posted the regular season Northern Lights League championship and they added to their successful season with a 49-33 win over the Maplewood Baptist Academy Black Bears in the tourney semifinals Friday, February 25, and the conference tournament title with a 43-39 decision over the Beaver Island Islanders Saturday, February 26, in Hannahville.

Last year (2009-10) the Lakers and Islanders shared the regular season league crown, but Mackinac Island won the conference tournament, and in 2008-09 finished third during the regular season and placed second in the tourney.

In this year’s championship game, the Lakers trailed by 11 points early in the first eight minutes before closing the margin to 13-10 after the first quarter.

Mackinac Island outscored Beaver Island 14-9 in the second quarter for a 24-22 margin at halftime, but the Islanders sent the game into the fourth quarter tied at 35 with a 13-11 scoring edge in the third period before taking a 8-4 advantage in the final eight minutes to clinch the tourney title.

Lakers statistics: Morgan Brodeur-Bunker, 18 points, three rebounds, three steals, three assists; Maggie Chambers, six points, six rebounds, four steals; Zhan’e Nash, four points, 15 rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots; Marie Bunker, four points, three rebounds, one blocked shot; Hailey Bean, four points, two assists; Halee Tokarz, two points, five rebounds, two steals.

“This has been an exciting season with a great group of girls,” said Coach Mary Patay. “We expected to be successful. That was everyone’s goal.”

Lakers Down Black Bears in League Semifinals

The Lakers led 12-6 after the first eight minutes before the Black Bears held a 11-8 scoring edge in the second quarter to cut the margin to 20-17 at halftime.

Mackinac Island outscored Maplewood Baptist 29-16 in the second half that included 9-5 in the third quarter and 20-11 in the final eight minutes.

Lakers statistics: Zhan’e Nash, 12 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, two blocked shots; Marie Bunker, 12 points, five steals, three assists, two rebounds; Hailey Bean, eight points, five rebounds, four steals; Maggie Chambers, six points, nine rebounds, five steals, four assists, one blocked shot; Morgan Brodeur- Bunker, five points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocked shots; Halee Tokarz, four points, eight rebounds, three steals, Hailey Armstrong, two points.

“I was pleased with everyone’s play, especially the younger players,” added Patay.

The Lakers improved their overall record to 17-2.

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