SL girls hoops no match for league-leading Ludington

Meeker powers Orioles to easy victory
Tribune Staff
Jan 9, 2013

Spring Lake’s varsity girls basketball team did a solid job slowing down Ludington’s all-state center, D’Erika Varenhorst.

The Lakers had no answer, however, for Orioles’ sharp-shooting senior guard Logan Meeker, who drained a pair of 3-pointers and scored a game-high 14 points. Her efforts helped Ludington remained unbeaten in Lakes Eight Conference action with a 45-20 win over visiting Spring Lake.

“They’re the best all-around team we’ve played this far,” said Lakers’ coach Rich Hyde, whose team falls to 1-8 overall and 1-3 in league games. “They’ve got D’Eria Varenhorst, who averages almost 20 points a game, and we did a great job on her, held her to 13 points, but they have so many weapons.”

The host Orioles led by only two points, 8-6, at the end of the first quarter, then exploded for a 19-2 run in the second stanza to take complete control of the game.

Varenhorst added 13 points for Ludington, which is an honorable mention in the latest Class B girls basketball poll.

Spring Lake struggled mightily to get something going on offense. Lakers were led by Molly Miedma’s six points. Brittany Beeler scored five, but no other Laker scored more than three.

Spring Lake hosts another Lakes Eight Conference favorite, Tri-County, on Friday, then will tangle with Western Michigan Christian on Saturday.

Freshmen: Spring Lake suffered a 28-10 loss at Ludington on Tuesday. Ellen Lauinger played tough at both ends of the court for the Lakers, finishing with five rebounds.

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