With two of their starters, including their leading scorer and rebounder, on the bench with injuries, Spring Lake’s varsity girls basketball team dug deep and scored a huge victory at Tri-County on Friday.
The Lakers (3-14, 3-7 Lakes Eight) raced out to a 17-7 halftime lead and held on for a 59-49 win on the road against a Tri-County team that sits in second place in the league standings at 8-3 and 12-6 overall.
Lakers’ senior guard Molly Miedema and senior forward Jewel Wiersma both went down with ankle injuries in the first half.
That left the burden on point guard Brittany Beeler and forward Megan VanDeWeg.
Both responded in a big way.
Beeler scored a season-high 18 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter alone, when she knocked down four field goals, including a pair of 3’s, and hit 3-of-4 free throws.
VanDeWeg, who has been hobbled by a bad ankle herself, added 17 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the free throw line. She added 11 rebounds.
Spring Lake’s lead grew to 14 points in the second half, but Tri-County made a run and got within four points. Beeler responded with a huge 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to seven.
“Defensively, we played great,” Lakers’ coach Rich Hyde said. “We held their two leading scorers scoreless in the first half.
“We really did a great job knowing what we had to do, then we lost Molly and Jewel, and Megan filled in really well. She and Beeler had a gutsy performance.”
Breanna Williams made some big plays for the Lakers, scoring six points. Kelsee Zuidema also had six for the Lakers.
Kaylie Caverley scored 15 for Tri-County.
Freshmen: Spring Lake suffered a 44-24 loss to Calvin Christian on Friday. Kate Mumby paced the Lakers with 10 points and played outstanding defense. Becca Tober added five points and dominated the boards.
TROJANS EDGE TIGERS
Fruitport’s strong defensive effort limited host Grant to just eight points through three quarters on Friday, and the Trojans held off a late Tigers’ rally to score a 29-23 win on Friday.
Fruitport (6-12, 4-7 Lakes Eight) also struggled to put the ball in the hoop and bad passing helped the Tigers hang around.
Jessica Erny led Fruitport with 10 points, while Francesca Cerniglia added six points and seven rebounds.
WMC GIRLS ROLL IN 2ND HALF
After trailing 19-15 at intermission, host Western Michigan Christian turned on the after burners and outscored Hudsonville Freedom Christian 27-1 the second half to stay undefeated in league play en route to a 42-20 River Valley Conference win.
Vanessa Eekhof led the way with 15 points followed by Rachel Bruinsma with 12 and Lindsey Johnson chipped in with five.
Junior Varsity: WMC beat Muskegon Heights Academy, 58-12. Mikaela Erickson tossed in 12 points followed by Ella DeWyn with 10 while Melanie Weesies and Hannah Hughes each scored eight.