Third time's the charm for Fruitport girls basketball

In two prior meetings this season, Spring Lake's varsity girls basketball team dominated the paint, controlled the rebounding edge and ultimately came out with a pair of wins over their neighboring rivals from Fruitport.
Nate Thompson
Feb 28, 2012


On Monday during the Class B district opener at Fruitport High School, however, the Trojans flipped the script.

With the Lakers’ success so heavily determined by their ability to score in the paint on second-chance opportunities, the Trojans managed to take that strength away.

Fruitport limited the Lakers to just one offensive rebound in the second half and relied on a key 13-4 run early in the fourth quarter to help the hosts pull away and secure the minor upset, 49-44.

For more photos from Monday's game, click here.

“It’s been awhile since we’ve won in districts,” said second-year coach Bob German. “This was a good day for Fruitport basketball. There was a fairly good crowd and a nice victory over a very good Spring Lake team.”

Fruitport (14-7 overall) advances to Wednesday’s district semifinal contest against Oakridge (18-2), which received a first-round bye. The Trojans defeated the Eagles in their third game of the season, 37-28.

The loss was just Spring Lake’s fourth this season. The 17 victories this season are the fourth-most in school history.

“It’s tough to accept, but it was either going to be the end of the road for our group of seniors or theirs,” said first-year Spring Lake coach Rich Hyde.

To read more of this story, see today's print or E-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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