No holiday cheer for SL girls hoops

Shooting, turnover woes plague Lakers in loss to Mona Shores
Matt DeYoung
Dec 21, 2012


Spring Lake varsity girls basketball coach Rich Hyde can live with his team’s physical misqueues.

But he’s getting fed up with watching his team run around like three blind mice on the offensive side of the floor, and he let them hear it after Thursday’s 51-31 loss at Mona Shores in the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Girls Basketball Classic.

“I don’t know what it is,” a clearly exasperated Hyde said following the game. “We kind of called them out a little bit in the locker room. I’m not sure what they’re afraid of. We’re actually doing a lot of the things that we need to do, but they need to step up, put their head down and just go.”

The Lakers’ offense had a hard time dealing with the pressure applied by Mona Shores, particularly twin guards Morgan and Meridith Smith. They each had four steals as Mona Shores finished with 19 takeaways, leading to several easy baskets at the other end.

Spring Lake finished with 35 turnovers.

“It’s frustrating because I think we matched up with Mona Shores better than the scoreboard showed,” said Hyde, whose team falls to 1-5. “Thirty-five turnovers don’t help.”

The Lakers’ advantage was in the post, where Megan VandDeWeg and Jewel Wiersma possessed a nice size advantage. The problem was taking advantage of that mismatch.

The Lakers struggled to feed the ball into the post. VanDeWeg finished with six points and Wiersma scored eight and pulled down 13 rebounds, but the pair was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers’ only other reliable source of offense came from point guard Brittany Beeler, whose three 3-pointers were just enough to keep Spring Lake within striking distance for much of the game. They trailed 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and 28-18 at halftime. The Lakers never got within 10 in the second half.

Spring Lake’s Molly Miedema drew the tough task of guarding the Sailors’ start forward, Jasmyn Walker, and Miedema actually did a very nice job on Walker, holding her to just eight points through three quarters. Walker added four points late in the game and finished with 12.

“Molly Miedema played a great game,” Hyde said. “She marked Jasmyn the entire time. I said before the game, if we hold Jasmyn to 10-12, we’re going to be OK, but then they hit a lot of those 10-12 foot jumpers early on, which we were going to allow so we could concentrate on Jasmyn.”

Morgan Smith led all scorers with 15 points, while Amy Gillings hit a few long jumpers for the Sailors and finished with seven.

“We shot a high percentage overall, which was nice,” said Sailors’ coach Brad Kurth, whose team won for the first time this season. “Our 19 steals shows that the defensive effort was there. It was nice to be home, to celebrate this with our family and friends.”

Spring Lake and Mona Shores played the second game of the Classic on Thursday. In the opener, Ludington handled Muskegon, 61-45.

Tonight, Spring Lake will open against Muskegon, while Ludington will take on Mona Shores.

Junior Varsity: The Lakers came up short against Mona Shores, losing 47-27. Randi Rice led Spring Lake (4-2) with five points. Ashleigh Underwood and Becca Brummel each had four points, while Remington Frech grabbed seven rebounds.

Freshmen: Spring Lake knocked off Mona Shores, 34-29, behind 16 points from Nora Adkins. Maddi Dinneweth played a strong defensive game.



Maybe it's not the girls...maybe it's the coaching!

Large Laker

Veritas - I'm beginning to think perhaps you're right. I agree with your comments related to Mr. Hyde's statements over the past few weeks. The girls do deserve better - as you stated in your comments earlier today. Maybe it IS his strategy that needs a once-over. Perhaps Angie Pellegrom could lend a hand...she had both groups when she was JV Coach and if I remember correctly had good seasons with both sets of girls that make up the varsity squad.


Haha trying to force a new coach in via the comments section of the Tribune? It's high school girls basketball and the guy had a great record last year. Let's calm down.


LargeLaker - Actually a good idea. Angie Pellgrom did do a lot with both sets of these girls...Hyde could seriously use her help because he's not getting it done and she knows their strengths an weaknesses.

LakerVille - Last years success was due to Lorimer & Lewakowski....Hyde didn't do anything - you could have been the coach and they still would have won. Thanks for your obvious uninformed input, though. We're all calm.

Large Laker

Actually LakerVille I'm making a suggestion that might help Mr. Hyde succeed where he has been failing by looking to a former coach who did understand these girls and was able to lead them to successful seasons - and having Hyde seek her input, advice, and strategy. He simply isn't getting through or his own strategy is not working.

On a previous post you opined that individuals shouldn't post without fact, knowledge, or understanding (related to the bus crash). You continued to harp on that point throughout the comment section. Yet, you did exactly that in this case related to the varsity girls - you don't have your facts. "Do as I say, not as I do" doesn't work - and you are hypocritical for doing it LakerVille.


The guy had Evie Lorimer last year, thus his "great record." Some of this year's starters sat on the bench last year so the bulk of their playing experience is from two years ago. Now this years's juniors sit the bench and get no experience. I don't see a winning future for the SL girl's basketball program if Hyde continues with his current strategy. These girls can win basketball games, they all can play. They need a coach who can develop a cohesive, confident team. They don't have it now - they do deserve better.


It certainly isn't Hyde - he lost again tonight to Muskegon. Can't wait for his excuse this time.


Veritas_Hubris and Large Laker,

As much as I appreciate your kind words, I would really appreciate not being mentioned, especially by name, in this or any other conversation about this subject. I support the girls basketball program and all other SL sports. Thank you both.

Merry Christmas!


Angie P

Large Laker

AP - it was just a suggestion and to be very clear - I probably shouldn't have mentioned your name without your consent; I meant no disrespect or harm. For the record, this was my thought and mine alone. I'll respect your wishes - mea culpa. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Ease up people. Your comments are why coach’s wives do not want to be seen in public, especially in a super market. Try focusing on what you do not know about basketball, in this case, girl’s basketball. Start by taking a bus ride with them both to and from a game. Next, attend practices. Find out exactly how coaches prepare these young ladies for their next game. Judge for yourself how they practice and play together within their individual talents. Now, go to the game. Observe what you now know about the team and their match ups with the opponents, be objective, but to yourself. Learn anything? I hope so.


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