Notes: Both teams are trying to get healthy in time for the district tournament, which begins on Feb. 27. At Spring Lake, senior Evie Lorimer, the team’s top scorer and rebounder, has made her way back onto the court after missing several games with a knee injury. She’ll attempt to play through the pain for the remainder of the season, then try to get healthy in time for softball, where she’s an all-state performer. ... Fruitport’s Lauren Hazekamp, an all-state volleyball star, has missed her team’s last 10 games with a broken bone in her foot, hopes to make it back onto the court before the end of the regular season. ... The Lakers currently sit in second place in the Lakes Eight Conference at 9-3, three games behind league-leading Ludington. Fruitport is third in the league at 8-4 and could draw into a second-place tie with a win over the rival Lakers on Friday.
Spring Lake coach Rich Hyde: “The last time we met was their first game without Lauren, and they did a great job of competing then and they’ve continued to. They didn’t fall apart with their injuries and they will not. (Their offense) still goes around Amber (Carmean). If we can hold her to 10 and shut down the rest again defensively, we’ll be OK. But if she puts 20 on us and the rest get 7-8, then we’ll be in trouble. ... “We drew them in the first round of districts, so this be somewhat of a preview for that. And it’s a battle for second place in the league.”
Fruitport coach Bob German: “Their post game hurt us along with them going to the free throw line 20-plus times. We must do a better job of getting position keeping them off the line that much. As far as Lauren, she will not play. Our hope is that she will be back for Newaygo next Friday. As far as the team, its has not been easy or very ‘pretty’ as I've put it a couple times but the girls have had the ability to believe in themselves late in games and have won all but one of those close games. Carmean has been our most consistent player but our other seniors Folkmier, Parker, Vest and Laufersky along with the kids coming off bench have all suppported us with scoring and defensive stops. With Bre (Geile) and Lauren we lost a couple first chairs in our orchestra, but the others know their roles and the music is still playing.”