3 Questions: Spring Lake girls basketball

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Three questions concerning the Spring Lake varsity girls basketball team:
1. The Lakers lost their two leading scorers and rebounders from last year’s team in Evie Lorimer and Jessica Lewakowski. How do they make up that production?

Well, it certainly won’t all come from one person. Lorimer earned all-state honors by averaging 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals, and Lewakowski was a force inside with her solid post scoring and rebounding. Coach Rich Hyde said that instead have having two girls scoring 15 points per game, “we might have to get 10 people to score four points. We’re not going to replace those two. We’ll have to do it by committee.” Candidates to pick up the production include 5-8 senior forward Jewel Wiersma, 6-0 senior forward Megan VanDeWeg, and 5-11 sophomore forward Kelsee Zuidema.
2. We all know Brittany Beeler is an amazing cross country runner. What are the expectations for her on the basketball court this winter?

While the Lakers’ frontcourt was hit hard by graduation, their backcourt should be rock solid with Beeler, a senior entering her third year running the point, alongside senior Molly Miedema at the off guard spot. Beeler is a fantastic athlete, and Hyde said she’s grown much more mentally tough heading into her final season. “She had a tough sophomore year when she was brought up to varsity, but looking back at it now, it’s only made her better,” Hyde said. “Competing at that high level of running has made her able to handle some things in the game of basketball.” Beeler will likely see her scoring jump up big from the 3.6 points she averaged per game last year, but her real contributions will be on defense and handling the ball.
3. Spring Lake finished 17-4 in coach Rich Hyde’s first year as coach. Can the Lakers match that record in Year 2?

Hyde compared his first season as a coach to a puzzle, noting that every piece fell perfectly into place. The likelihood of that happening two years in a row aren’t great. The Lakers return plenty of talent, but they’ve also got some huge shoes to fill with the loss of their two leading scorers and rebounders to graduation. A strong season isn’t out of the question, but 17 wins may be asking too much, especially when you consider two of the Lakers’ 20 games are against a loaded Ludington squad.   


See Thursday’s Tribune for 3 Questions on Grand Haven’s girls basketball team.

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