Spring Lake’s varsity girls basketball team put in about 3 ½ promising quarters against one of the tougher teams in the Lakes Eight Conference in Orchard View.
But in what has been a frustrating theme for the Lakers this season, once again, they couldn’t close out a win.
Spring Lake trailed host Orchard View by just a 33-32 score midway through the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals made the key plays down the stretch to score a 46-38 win.
The loss drops Spring Lake to 2-14 overall and 2-7 in the Lakes Eight Conference.
“I feel bad for the girls but we couldn’t capitalize on their misses,” said Spring Lake coach Rich Hyde. “And there were times when we’d miss a rebound and they’d get a putback. Or we’d have the ball through our hands. Or we’d get a kick-out and miss a layup and that would allow them to get out in transition.
“Again, I feel bad for the girls, because they are doing the right things, we’re just not finishing. I’m happy with our effort. There’s no quit with these girls.”
Hyde was pleased with the effort turned in by a pair of his post players. Jewel Wiersma had a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds — including 10 offensive boards — while sophomore Kelsee Zuidema had eight points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Molly Miedema contributed four steals for the Lakers, despite battling through the flu and missing practice on Wednesday.
“We’d had three girls out sick yesterday, so it was kind of a light practice,” Hyde said.
Aside from the frustrations Hyde listed from the fourth, turnovers plagued the Lakers throughout the contest, as they committed 26.
Orchard View (11-7, 6-4 Lakes Eight) received 13 points from guard Daejia Hill. The Cardinals also excelled at getting to the free throw line, where they were 16-of-28.
Spring Lake doesn’t have much of a break tonight, as they travel to Tri-County, a squad that is in second place in the Lakes Eight.