Lakers shake off jitters, trounce Lions

Rich Hyde had a hard time sleeping the last few nights, he was so nervous for his first game as the Lakers' varsity girls basketball coach.
Matt DeYoung
Dec 3, 2011

Senior Evie Lorimer also had plenty of jitters heading into Friday’s season-opener against Newaygo, having not played competitive basketball in over a year.

Their fears proved to be unfounded.

Lorimer scored a game-high 25 points and was also fantastic on defense, helping the Lakers overpower Newaygo on Friday night, 42-20.

“I was really nervous for this game,” admitted Lorimer, who skipped basketball season a year ago to concentrate on softball. “But after the first couple minutes, I settled down. I realized I really did miss it.”

Lorimer scored eight points in the opening quarter as the Lakers raced out to a 10-0 lead. Newaygo was never able to get back into the game as Spring Lake locked down defensively all night. The Lions had more than twice as many turnovers (43) as points (20), thanks in part to 25 Spring Lake steals.

“Our defense was amazing,” Lorimer said. “It’s something we knew we had to work on.”

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake topped Newaygo, 38-25, behind 13 points and six steals from Breanna Williams. Grace Peterson added seven points, 11 rebounds and two steals.

Freshmen: The Lakers beat Western Michigan Christian, 30-18. Emily VanWingen had 11 points while Amber Taylor scored eight for Spring Lake. Kelsee Zuidema added six points and seven rebounds.

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