The Spring Lake girls basketball team lost the turnover battle and the transition game, and in the process, its chance at a district championship, falling to host Orchard View in its class B district opener Monday, 53-37.
The young Lakers had won nine of their last 10 games heading into the postseason, picking up a share of the Lakes Eight conference title in the process.
“The conference thing was really big,” said Courtney Kyser — who along with the injured Breanna Williams was one of just two seniors on this season’s squad. “I was surprised by it honestly. It’s cool to have two things up there to look back on (referencing the 2013 volleyball teams’ banner as well). I’m just having a hard time because I’m never going to be able to wear a Spring Lake jersey again.
“Basketball-wise we hadn’t really been able to play together that much. When we hit the groove at the end, it was like ‘OK, lets keep this going,’ but then we didn’t get to.”
It was a slow first quarter for both squads on Monday, with Orchard View’s 3-2 lead lingering for the front half of the quarter.
The Cardinals then went on a 6-2 run to go up 9-4, with a late Remi French free throw cutting the lead to 9-5 heading into the second quarter.
Olivia Grimmer hit two shots from the charity stripe early in the second, bringing the Lakers to within two.
It was the closest the contest would be the rest of the night.
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