Muskegon got off to a decent head start on Spring Lake. The Big Reds outscored the Lakers 17-7 in the first quarter.
“They jumped out pretty good,” said Spring Lake coach Rich Hyde. “We had some opportunities early. We were a little out of sync. They did a lot of pressing and pressure. They’re one of the top teams in the area.”
While Muskegon displayed its talent, Spring Lake also shot itself in the foot. The Lakers missed five wide-open layups in the quarter and were one for four from the charity stripe.
“If we make half of those points it’s 17-15, instead of 17-7,” Hyde said.
Spring Lake whittled the Muskegon lead down to as little as five in the second quarter, but turnovers continued to plague the Lakers throughout the contest.
Spring Lake had 31 for the game, 21 of which came from its starting five.
“We just weren’t ready to play at that speed and made some bad decisions,” Hyde said. “Hopefully we can take a deep breath … and step forward.”
Spring Lake’s season continues on Jan. 3 at Fremont, the start of six straight conference road games.
Remi French led Spring Lake on Saturday with 11 points and five rebounds. Kelsee Zuidema added six points and eight rebounds, and Emily Van Wingen chipped in with six points and four assists.
Hyde said he was pleased with the Lakers defensive effort against the Big Reds.
Janiece Levelston scored 16 points for Muskegon, but Spring Lake held fellow standouts Jade Paige and Madrieka Cook to eight and four respectively.
BOYS GAME RESCHEDULED AGAIN
Mother nature’s outburst Friday pushed the contest between the Spring Lake and Grant boys basketball teams back to Saturday, but she struck again the next day, forcing another reschedule.
The Spring Lake boys will now join the girls when they travel to play Grant on Monday, Jan. 17.
GH ICERS LOSE TO KENOWA HILLS
The Grand Haven hockey team fell to Kenowa Hills at home on Saturday, 5-1.
Kenowa Hills had 36 shots on goal to Grand Haven’s 17.
Ryan Henning started in net for the Buccaneers, facing 31 shots and stopping 28. Robert Arterburn came in the third period and stopped three of the five Kenowa Hills shots on goal.
The lone Bucs’ goal was scored by Matt Nalley, with Jake Steggles and Joey Zelenka being credited with assists.
Grand Haven is now 1-8 on the season.