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.