A shot that went halfway down and then popped out on a backward half-court heave by a young Spring Lake girl during a shooting contest provided a buzz in the stands that was otherwise lacking throughout the traditionaly-spirited rivalry.
It didn’t matter to Spring Lake coach Bill Core. He’ll take the win anyway he can get them in a season in which his squad has already suffered three tough losses by three points each.
With their 46-34 victory against the rival Trojans, the Lakers crawled back to the .500 mark at 4-4 overall. Spring Lake junior forward Austin Johnson provided enough of an offensive spark by himself to stymie Fruitport, as he finished with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Spring Lake may have left some gas in the tank for today’s game at Western Michigan Christian. Core said he held off his troops from applying some full-court pressure against the Trojans — which Fruitport has struggled against — and the Lakers also didn’t produce as many fast break opportunities as in previous games.
“The bottom line was we felt we could beat them by just playing solid half-court defense, and just try to outscore them,” Core said. “And to give up just 34 points, it shows we played pretty well defensively.”
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