Rich Hyde couldn’t fault his team’s effort Friday evening against Tri-County, a squad he called the second-best in the Lakes Eight Conference.
The Lakers’ determination allowed them to play dead even with the Vikings for most of the game, but the Vikings’ red-hot third quarter was enough to sink Spring Lake.
Tri-County went on a 17-0 run to open the third, withstood a Spring Lake rally and then iced the win by sinking 12-of-16 at the free throw line in the fourth in the Vikings’ 52-38 victory.
The loss drops Spring Lake to 1-9 overall and 1-4 in the Lakes Eight Conference.
The Lakers were tied with the Vikings at 23-all at the half, thanks to their defense that created 18 steals — led by Molly Miedema’s eight and birthday girl Sierra Gipson’s five.
But the Vikings (7-3, 3-1 Lakes Eight) simply caught fire from the field in the third.
“I don’t believe they missed (during their run),” Hyde said.
Spring Lake will look to bounce back quickly, as it hosts Western Michigan Christian today. The opening tip is set for 5 p.m.
TROJANS SCORE THIRD WIN OF SEASON
For a season that has seen few feel-good moments, Fruitport coach Bob German summed up Friday simply by saying, “We needed this.”
The Trojans’ defense shined at home against the visiting Grant Tigers, as they tallied 23 steals in a 33-19 victory.
The victory improves Fruitport’s record to 3-8 this season and 1-3 in the Lakes Eight Conference. Grant is the lone winless team in the league, as the Tigers fall to 0-5, as well as 1-10 overall.
Bre Burns led the Trojans with eight points, while Haylie Hanks added seven. Allison Beckwith led with seven rebounds, while Jessica Erny, Debbie Pekel, Francesca Cerniglia and Burns each had four steals.
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