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SL girls peaking at the perfect time

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM

If ever a team seems re-energized, it’s the Spring Lake varsity girls basketball team.

Despite shooting and turnovers struggles that plagued the Lakers throughout most of their season, they are now putting it all together at the right time.

With Friday’s 35-26 win at rival Fruitport, the Lakers not only avenged an earlier loss to the Trojans, but extended their longest winning streak of the season to three straight.

Spring Lake (5-7 Lakes Eight, 5-14 overall) will now turn its attention to the Class B district tournament, where the Lakers received a first-round bye. They will challenge host Whitehall in the semifinals on Wednesday.

“It feels awesome,” Spring Lake senior Jewel Wiersma said of Friday’s win. “Right now, we’re playing a lot more aggressive and with a lot more energy than we have been. And we’re going out there actually wanting to win. Before, it was just like we were playing not to lose.”

Like it’s overtime thriller against Fremont on Thursday, Spring Lake was locked in a tight contest with the host Trojans through three quarters on Friday, but received a cushion with strong play in the post in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers received big buckets from Wiersma and sophomore Kelsee Zuidema to extend their lead to eight and maintained a comfortable advantage the rest of the way.

With her 16-point, 13-rebound performance, Wiersma has totaled two double-doubles in as many games.

“I just feel like it’s finally coming together,” she said. “But all the glory goes to God. I couldn’t do it without Him.”

Zuidema also flourished in the post with 12 points and seven rebounds.

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