For the second time in as many games, atrocious shooting cost the Spring Lake varsity girls basketball team a shot at a victory.
A few days after making just 28 percent in a season-opening loss against Fremont, the Lakers were even worse on Tuesday at Allendale. They made just 9-of-46 shots from the floor — 19 percent — and were almost as bad from the free throw line (6-of-19, 31 percent) in a 35-25 loss to the Falcons.
“We outrebounded them 37-29, including 18 offensive rebounds,” Lakers’ coach Rich Hyde said. “But if we go in strong and finish on the first attempt, the rebounding wouldn’t look so impressive, but the score would be a lot better.”
The Lakers actually led 22-17 with 3 minutes remaining the third quarter thanks to an outstanding defensive effort, which saw them register 12 steals and force 30 turnovers.
But the Lakers’ offense went stone cold from that point on, as Allendale outscored Spring Lake 18-3 over the game’s final 11 minutes.
“Our inexperience is catching up to us,” Hyde said. “We’ve got to relax a little bit. Some of our new varsity members are rushing some things, and some of our seniors who have some experience are working through some things with a new group.”
Spring Lake point guard Brittany Beeler finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, while forward Jewel Wiersma added eight points and 10 boards.
Nicole Stratton scored 10 of Allendale’s 11 first-half points and finished with a game-high 18. Allie Huistra, the team’s most dangerous offensive player, was held scoreless in the first half, but scored 10 points after halftime.
The Lakers (0-2) host Coopersville on Friday.
Freshmen: Spring Lake defeated Allendale, 32-27. Katie Mumby led the way with seven points, while Becca Tober added three boards and Elizabeth Lee played strong defensively.
OAKRIDGE ROUTS FRUITPORT
Defending district champion Muskegon Oakridge still has a lot of firepower left from last year’s outstanding team.
Fruitport found that out in a hurry Tuesday evening.
The Eagles’ Morgan Giddings poured in 22 points, while Grand Valley State commit Keyara Wiard added 21, helping Oakridge to a 66-28 blowout of the Trojans.
Fruitport (1-2 overall) dug itself a huge hole, falling behind by a 14-2 margin after one quarter and 39-9 at the half.
The Trojans were outscored in every quarter, as Oakridge held an 11-9 advantage in the third and a 16-10 cushion in the fourth.
The Trojans were led by Haylie Hanks and Alexis Black with six points apiece, while Francesca Cerniglia pulled down eight rebounds. Cerniglia was playing in her first contest after suffering a concussion during the Trojans’ preseason scrimmage.
Wiard, a 5-foot-8 guard, also grabbed eight rebounds for the Eagles (2-0), while Giddings had 10 steals.