After that, it was all Lakers, who scored the game’s next 14 points and never looked back as they pulled away for a 58-20 victory.
“After struggling somewhat during the second half on Friday with Coopersville’s zone, we did a great job tonight of being patient and establishing the inside game first,” said Lakers’ coach Rich Hyde, whose team is now 2-2 on the season.
The Lakers pounded the ball inside to Kelsee Zuidema and Remi French, who combined for 20 points.
“Kelsee was again unstoppable inside with 14 points and five rebounds,” Hyde said. “Remi French joined in on the inside action with her best game so far, too, with six points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block.”
That opened up the outside game, where Emily VanWingen thrived. She came off the bench for nine points and three steals.
Reiko Johnson also had a fantastic game for the Lakers. She had her best offensive showing of the young season with 14 points, including a 6-for-6 showing from the free throw line. She added five assist and six steals.
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Boys fall on road to Shelby
The Spring Lake boys basketball started off slow on the road against Shelby, picked up steam and then fell off again, losing to Shelby, 68-39.
Shelby jumped out to a 22-12 first quarter lead, but the Lakers clawed back in the second, making it a four point game going into the half.
Spring Lake shot 3-22 the rest of the way though, only managing seven second-half points.
“We had a good second quarter, and just could not put the ball in the hole in the second half,” coach Bill Core said. “They didn’t do anything defensively different. Momentum went their way and we couldn’t stop it. The route was on.”
It was not the way Core would have like to start the week, although he did say he thought Shelby had a shot to be a state title contender in Class C.
Spring Lake (0-2) faces Mona Shores (2-0) on Wednesday and Grant on Friday, to finish off a three road games in five days schedule.
Nick Goeglein led the Laker with 20 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Zietlow added twelve points and three steals.