Spring Lake’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams each came up short at Coopersville on Friday night.
The Laker’s boys, playing in their season-opener, went toe-to-toe with the host Broncos through four quarters, and eventually overtime, before falling short, 55-52.
The Lakers had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Kyle Zietlow’s long jumper came up short.
In overtime, Spring Lake had the ball trailing by two points with 15 seconds to play, but Nick Goeglein’s shot was blocked by the Broncos. After Coopersville split a pair at the free throw line, Zietlow got a good look at a 3-pointer, but couldn’t get it to go down.
Goeglein had a huge game for Spring Lake, finishing with a career-high 19 points to go with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
In the girls’ contest, the Lakers couldn’t overcome foul trouble and the loss of a key player to injury, falling to the Broncos, 57-47.
The Lakers’ promising junior center Randi Rice suffered a devastating knee injury during practice on Thursday, tearing the ACL in her left knee. She suffered the same injury to her right knee last year.
“We really needed Randi in there,” said coach Rich Hyde, whose team is now 1-1. “We’re going to have to learn to live without her.”
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