Stats don’t lie: LaFave is tops

The Superior Central girls put up another impressive season in 2013-14 and the statistics back that up. The Cougars, who completed the regular season with an 18-2 record dominated at both ends of the court this season, compiling the area’s best defensive squad and second-best offensive team.

Superior Central’s average margin of victory this season was 35.2, surpassing the amount of points necessary to be ahead for a running clock in each game. They scored an average of 57 points a game while allowing just 35.2.

The Cougars were helped by their three All-U.P. athletes, all three of which were in the top five for area scoring leaders.

Senior Vanessa Freberg, Superior Central’s all-time leading scorer with 1,421 points, averaged 16.2 points per game this season. Teammates Teslyn Tyner and Brooke Pasanen each have career totals of over 800 points. Tyner averaged 15.2 points and Pasanen contributed 14 points per contest.

Michelle LaFave was the Daily Press coverage area’s leading scorer for boys or girls this season. LaFave, who was recently elected to the All-U.P. Class ABC First Team, compiled the fifth best season ever for an Escanaba girls basketball player, scoring 411 total points for average of 19.5 per game. She has 801 career points as she continues to climb the ladder toward 1,000.

The Bark River-Harris Broncos were an offensive machine this season, scoring at a 60.8 points per game clip. They had an average margin of victory of 14.9 points. The extremely well-balanced and young Broncos didn’t have a player on the All-U.P. but had four players who averaged at least 7.8 points per game, led by Caitlyn Frazer’s 11.7 clip.

LaFave and Tyner had the high games of the year, each scored 30 points this season. LaFave hit the mark twice in games against Gladstone and Ishpeming, while Tyner did it against North Central, shooting mostly from the perimiter that night.

No area girls players broke the 1,000 point mark this season, though juniors LaFave and Branstrom will have a shot at the achievement next season. Branstrom has 636 career points.

Carly Benson of Carney-Nadeau remains the area girls career scoring leader with 1,864 points, set in 2005. Sara Boyer-Rohde of Rapid River is next on the list with 1,758 pointsm, followed by Jaime Madalinski of Bark River-Harris with 1,623 points.