A fired-up first quarter had Spring Lake’s varsity girls basketball team off and running in Tuesday’s non-conference showdown at Grand Rapids Creston.
A disastrous second quarter made it all for naught.
The Lakers led 14-7 at the end of the first, but were outscored 20-4 in the second quarter and could never catch up, falling at Creston, 52-34.
“We got off to a hot start and led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter,” said Lakers’ coach Rich Hyde, whose team falls to 1-12 on the year. “We were ready, with a lot of energy. They’re a pretty good team. They’re athletic, they play hard, 94 feet, pressing, and when we got the opportunities, we made them.
“But all of a sudden, as has happened this year, in the second quarter, the turnovers and missed sots caught up to us and they outscored us 20-4.
“We had a lot of good opportunities to score, but we didn’t put the ball in the hole.”
The Lakers never got closer than eight points in the second half.
The loss came despite a huge game on the boards by senior forward Jewel Wiersma. She pulled down 20 rebounds, but managed just two points.
“She was getting everything she could, and just outworked them, but unfortunately, on the offensive end, the put-backs weren’t going her way,” Hyde said.
Not much when Spring Lake’s way on the offensive end, as they shot just 11-of-48 from the floor and turned the ball over 20 times.
Molly Miedema scored seven for the Lakers, and Breanna Williams had six, as did Kelsee Zuidema.
Spring Lake is back in action on Friday at Grant.
Junior Varsity: Spring Lake improved to 10-3 on the season with a 37-23 win over Grand Rapids Creston. Saebryn Peel led the way with 13 points. Remington French added seven points and seven rebounds, while Randi Rice had 10 steals