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Featured Athlete(s) of the Week: Abby Parris and Melissa BrucknerSubmitted: 01/08/2018
Story By Mark Spillane

Featured Athlete(s) of the Week: Abby Parris and Melissa Bruckner
MINOCQUA - Lakeland girls basketball lights up the scoreboard better than almost anyone. The T-Birds fast paced style helped them tally 90 points in Friday's win over Medford. One pair of Thunderbirds combined to score 73 of them.

"That's incredible. In fact, I don't think I've seen that," said Head Coach Melissa Ouimette.

Sophomore Abby Parris tied a school record by scoring 43 points.

"I had no idea, I thought I had like 30 or something, and that was just really cool for me," said Parris.


Meanwhile, T-Birds junior Melissa Bruckner added 30 points of her own. But she says she was more focused on something else.

"So I'm just like Abby, you've got to break this record; you've got to break the record for most threes in a game. So I kept trying to fire her up, kept throwing her the ball, like 'Abby, you're at five, two more, keep on going,'" said Bruckner.

Parris finished with six three-pointers, which was good enough to tie that school record as well. Together, the duo was so dynamic that they outscored Medford's entire team 73 to 72.

"That night, I don't know what about it, I was just hitting like everything," said Parris.

"Everybody knew, get Abby the ball, she's on fire," said Ouimette.

The hot shooting helped the T-Birds stay undefeated in the Great Northern Conference, but Ouimette says the best part of being their coach goes beyond just that.

"They're great leaders and they're great teammates so I'm looking forward to having them back next year, and I get Abby for one more year after that," said Ouimette.

With Parris and Bruckner not going anywhere, there's a good chance more scoring records may be broken. The T-Birds are back on the court Tuesday night against Antigo.

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