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Sixth-ranked and unbeaten Lake will take a balanced offensive attack into Saturday's Division III girls sectional tournament game at Northwood against either Cardinal Stritch or Rossford.

The Flyers, 2-19 just two years ago, will be favored against either team after posting the program's first 20-0 regular season and first Suburban Lakes League title.

First-year coach Denny Meyer’s squad was picked to win the league by the SLL coaches, and the Flyers came through. Meyer said being the preseason favorite wasn't discussed much entering the campaign.

"Everybody knew we have a good team," Meyer said, "and we wanted to take that as a compliment and go out and work very hard and accomplish that goal. After the summer stuff, when I got to know them and they got to know me, once we got to the first practice of the season we wanted to make (going unbeaten) one of our goals, because we thought we had enough talent to do that."

It turned out the Flyers meshed well on the court and played as a team. Lake averaged 56 points a game and had four girls average 8.1 points or better.

"It's a very unselfish team," Meyer said. "We talked a lot about if you run the floor, you're going to be rewarded for it. We fast break quite a bit and a lot of points came off our pressing defense.We'd get steals and be very unselfish and feed it to the open person."

Kaysie Brittenham, a 5-7 sophomore guard, averaged 12.3 points and contributed 73 rebounds and 47 assists. Senior guard Rebekah Will, a transfer from Oak Harbor, averaged 10.1 points per game and led the team in rebounding (91) and steals (59) and added 69 assists.
"I expected her to score and be a leader," Meyer said. "She sees the floor probably better than anyone on our team."

Sophomore guard Jessica Abby averaged 8.4 points to to along with 66 rebounds and 41 assists. Meyer said Abby was the team's biggest surprise during summer workouts.

"Jessica was our leading scorer early in the season," the coach said. "Part of it might have been teams didn't know who she was, and she was open a lot. Halfway through the year she was shooting over 55 percent on 3-pointers and playing with a lot of confidence in her shooting."

Lauren Lind, a 5-10 senior post, averaged 8.1 points and collected 80 rebounds. She missed three games due to a rib injury.

"She only played half of every game the last half of the season," Meyer said. "She was by far our leading rebounder at that time. The first Gibsonburg game, on Jan. 3, she had no energy and couldn't play very long. That went on for about two weeks and the doctor said she had torn cartilage, and they later found a hairline fracture in the rib."

Heather Cox, a 5-9 senior post, and junior guard Kim Meyer averaged 6.0 and 4.8 points, respectively, during the regular season.

"Heather has been scoring a lot more at the end of the year," Meyer said. "Teams were gearing up towards other girls who were scoring in double figures most of the year. Kim had a knee injury at the start of the year and couldn't use her legs to get her shot. In the last six games she's averaged close to eight points a game."

The Flyers are allowing just 33 points a game and forcing opponents into 24 turnovers a game.

Lake, which clinched an unbeaten regular season with a 51-29 rout of Elmwood on Feb. 19, is shooting 36 percent from 3-point range and 49 percent from inside the arc. Opponents are shooting 33 percent from the field.

The winner of Saturday's sectional finals advances to the Findlay district on Thursday, March 5.





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