“In all the years I’ve been coaching, this is the first time my team has asked me to put on some nail polish,” Hyde said with a grin, as he sported one painted thumb nail, the same as assistant Phil Marshall.
All bad fashion statements aside, Spring Lake’s 43-33 victory over the Trojans Friday evening helped the Lakers avenge a pair of losses suffered to their rivals last year.
Of course, Spring Lake didn’t have Evie Lorimer on their squad a year ago, either.
The senior forward shined against the Trojans’ front line, recording a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow senior Jessica Lewakowski also returned from a three-game absence due to a concussion and contributed eight points and six rebounds.
“It was really nice having Jess back,” Hyde said. “She adds a lot of life to the team, and it takes some pressure off of Evie. That’s what Tri-County did against us — they took away Evie.”
Spring Lake started strong by jumping out to a 13-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Trojans responded by scoring the last five points of the quarter to draw within two.
Points were hard to come by in the second, as both teams buckled down defensively. Spring Lake outscored the host Trojans 3-0 in the quarter to take a 16-11 lead at the half.
“We were stuck on 11 for what seemed like forever,” said Fruitport coach Bob German. “Scoring no points in the second, I can’t explain it. We needed something in there to make it a game.”
German also wasn’t pleased with his squad’s inactivity on the boards, as they corralled only nine offensive rebounds.
“We’ve been averaging about 18-20 a game,” he said. “That’s one place where I wasn’t happy.”
Fruitport was playing without two of its top players in seniors Lauren Hazekamp and Bre Geile. Hazekamp broke her foot last week against Orchard View, while Geile tore her meniscus in the season-opener. Both could be lost for the season.
Hyde said his squad regained their legs in the third and extended their lead to as large as 16 points. Lorimer’s scoring ability down low helped the Lakers maintain a double-digit advantage throughout the fourth and secure their eighth victory of the season.
Fruitport remained within striking distance thanks to a nice game by senior guard Amber Carmean, who scored a team-high 16 points. Kaelyn Laufersky added five points and five assists.
Katie Miedema had six points, five rebounds and six steals for the Lakers, who battle at non-conference foe Western Michigan Christian today.