Here are three questions concerning the Lakers:
1. How will the Lakers adjust to new coach Rich Hyde?
Hyde enjoyed tremendous success coaching the Spring Lake boys junior varsity team the last several seasons, but the varsity level — girls or boys — presents a bigger challenge. Hyde said he’s been pleased with the way the Lakers have absorbed his coaching in practice and have accepted his vision for this season. Some early-season growing pains are likely unavoidable, but Hyde will leave his stamp on this team sooner rather than later.
2. Can the Lakers overcome their scoring struggles from a year ago?
Spring Lake scored 30 or fewer points seven times last season, so putting the rock in the hole was not a team strength. Hyde has said he plans to let the Lakers be more flexible offensively, with less set plays. Part of that freedom will be allowing players to read the defense and create on their own, but the Lakers also need to take advantage of fast break opportunities once they create turnovers when they press.
3. Which players need to step up to help Spring Lake improve on last year’s 9-12 record?
Although she didn’t play basketball a year ago, 5-10 senior Evie Lorimer has the athleticism to be a welcome addition to the Lakers. Hyde said she runs the floor extremely well and could pick up a lot of buckets in transition. Junior Jewel Wiersma could also make an impact, as Hyde said her skill set allows her to be an inside-outside scoring threat.