Trojans' girls cagers top Lakers

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Fruitport varsity girls basketball coach Bob German knows he doesn’t have a girl who’s going to pour in 20 points on any given night.

But German does have a very balanced lineup, and the Trojans used that balance, along with a nice game off the bench by junior Haylie Hanks, to knock off rival Spring on Friday, 42-32.

“We haven’t been scoring a lot of points, and for us, to have someone in double figures is rare,” said German, whose team is now 4-8 overall and 2-4 in Lakes Eight games. “But we get contributions from a lot of different players.”

Jessica Erny, a senior guard, and Francesca Cerniglia, a junior forward, each scored eight points on Friday — about what they average on the season.

Senior guard Debbie Pekel added seven points — again, close to her average — to go along with seven rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Then there was Hanks, who made 5-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter as the Trojans held off any Lakers’ run, and finished with a season-high nine.

“Jessica and Debbie did a good job handling the ball, and Hanks, too,” German said.

Spring Lake, meanwhile, fell behind early and never caught up — much to the disgust of second-year coach Rich Hyde.

“We had our keys to victory for tonight, and No. 1 was emotion,” said Hyde, whose team is now 1-11 overall and 1-5 in league games. “It’s all about passion and poise. We had the poise, but we didn’t have the passion. There’s no excuse for not coming out not ready to play from the start.”

Spring Lake shot just 4-of-25 from the floor in the first half (16 percent) while Fruitport got off to a fast start, shooting a sizzling 9-of-13 (69 percent) from the floor.

“I told the girls, we did jump out on them a little bit, but we knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” German said. “They’re going to have some runs, and we did a good job of withstanding those.”

Spring Lake’s most effective player was sophomore forward Kelsee Zuidema. Despite playing limited minutes because she was coming off an illness, Zuidema scored a team-high nine points. Courney Kyser had her best game of the year, scoring six points, and little-used reserve Karley Englesman saw some playing time on Friday, scoring her first varsity point. 

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