SL girls can't slow down state-ranked Ludington

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Ludington’s varsity girls basketball team showed why it’s ranked highly in the Class B state rankings, scoring a 53-33 victory over host Spring Lake on Tuesday.

The Orioles played solid defense early and led 12-4 after the first quarter, then extended that lead to 26-12 at halftime.

All-state center D’Erika Varenhorst poured in 10 of her team’s 12 first-quarter points and finished with 21 points. She punished the Lakers inside and also made all three of her free throws.

“They’re so solid, so deep,” said Lakers’ coach Rich Hyde, whose team falls to 2-13 overall and 2-6 in Lakes Eight play.

Ludington, meanwhile, is 15-1 on the year and has won 15 straight since losing its season-opener. The Orioles are unbeaten in league play.

Spring Lake played without senior center Megan VanDeWeg, who sprained her ankle last week. In her place, Kelsee Zuidema played well, scoring six points.

Jewel Wiersma and Grace Peterson each scored eight points, and Brittany Beeler scored four. Wiersma also grabbed five rebounds for Spring Lake.

The Lakers have a long week ahead as they play a make-up game at Orchard View on Thursday, then travel to Tri-County on Friday.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake lost to Ludington, 51-44, falling to 11-4 on the season. Amber Taylor had 14 points and five steals, while Randi Rice added 12 points. Emily VanWingen scored nine, and Remi French grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots.

Freshmen: Spring Lake fell at Ludington, 44-30. Becca Tober had a great all-around game, while Katie Murphy scored eight and Ellen Lauinger scored seven.

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