Loss of momentum

After battling through pressure in first half, SL manages just two third quarter points
Nich Wolak
Dec 20, 2013

The Spring Lake girls basketball team was neck and neck with Mona Shores through the first half of Thursday’s Muskegon Area Sport Hall of Fame Classic matchup, but a two-point third quarter allowed Shores to sail away from the Lakers, 50-31.

“We’re still kind of young, you can see the difference between us and a veteran squad in Mona Shores,” said coach Rich Hyde. “Our advantage was inside. When Kelsee (Zuidema) wasn’t getting shots in the third, that hurt us. We need to get her 13 to 15 points to establish the rest of our offense.”

After utilizing full-court pressure for a majority of the first half, the Sailors picked up their defensive responsibilities behind the half-court line in the third quarter, and seemed to change from zone to man at a moment’s notice.

The chameleon-like approach worked. Mona Shores forced 14 Spring Lake turnovers in the second half.

“He does a great job switching his defense,” said Hyde of Mona Shores coach Brad Kurth. “They run three different zone presses, and then they throw in man. It’s hard to simulate in practice.”

The third quarter also saw a burst of scoring from Shores all-state standout, Jasmyn Walker, which had a familiar feel to the first quarter.

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