I t was a good birthday for Megan Crow. She turned 17 on Friday and had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help Gladstone defeat visiting Menominee 50-49.
“She’s been a lot more aggressive, doing her work early and getting better position,” coach Andy Cretens said. “ The girls are doing a fantastic job getting the ball in good spots, and she is more confident with what she’s doing. More confidence and more comfortable, which is making different moves in the post.”
The win makes three upsets for Gladstone in a row, two over Menominee and one over Negaunee.
But things didn’t look good for the Braves to start this one.
Menominee was down 13-0 to start the game and ended up only scoring three points in the opening frame. Menominee ran a run-and-jump press that Gladstone struggled with.
“They did a good job getting steals and it took us out of our element,” Cretens said.
Gladstone trailed by one point to start the fourth quarter and got contributions from multiple players.
Aubrey Servant scored her four points in the final frame, one basket on a putback and another on a midrange jumper. Torie Zeise was 6 of 6 at the free throw line to close out the game.
“She is a freshman who stepped to the line in the fourth quarter with two minutes to go and knocking down all six, that’s huge,” Cretens said.
Gladstone has won five of its last six games after opening the season with six losses.
“I think anyone who has watched us the last couple games, the girls play with a lot of passion and heart, showing they’re not OK with giving up,” Cretens said. “They battle to the end, and when things get tough we have great team chemistry. The girls seem to get closer together. We really beat teams in the fourth quarter the last few games because they have each other’s backs in the fourth quarter.”
Gladstone (5-7) hosts Ishpeming on Tuesday.
Menominee (9-6) goes to Crandon (WI) on Monday.