Up next, a 500-mile trip to East Lansing for Wednesday’s 12:30 p.m. semifinal against Kent City (20-0).
Djerf, only the third Calumet girls player to reach 1,000 career points, returns to Breslin as a player this time.
“It feels so good,” Djerf said. “I think only one other time, maybe two that a Calumet team has made it this far. A bunch of our sisters did it back in 2015, so it feels super good.”
Glen Lake also spread out its production, with Grace Bradford lead the way with 14 points, Ruby Hogan adding 13 and Maddie Bradford and Fosmore each scoring a dozen. Jessica Robbins pitched in nine, Hailey Helling seven and Emma Korson two.
The Lakers lose Helling, Fosmore and Korson from their core rotation of seven players.
“Like I told the seniors and the girls, I said, ‘You had a heck of a season, 19-0, coming down here, only four teams left to after this.’ But it still hurts. The girls were playing with heart and emotion.”
Helling returned from a severe ankle sprain that forced her to miss all of regionals, and started at point guard in what ended up as her final basketball game as a Laker.
The four-year starter drew assists on each of the Lakers’ first two buckets, both to Fosmore underneath.
“She had a tough road,” Bradford said. “She did a lot of work and a lot of extra things (to get back). She finds that open girl, and she’s a true team player. She doesn’t care how many points she has. It’s just helping the team to win.”
Glen Lake’s last four playoff opponents came into their matchup against the Lakers with a combined one loss. Glen Lake dispatched of the first three by at least 22 points.
“I always say it comes down to whoever works harder, whoever wants it more,” Djerf said. “And I think we wanted it more.”