Spring Lake’s varsity boys basketball team scored its first victory of the season, pounding winless Orchard View on Friday, 52-38.
“We got off to a good start, and we got a little confidence,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose team is now 1-4 overall and 1-0 in Lakes Eight play. “This was a much-needed win. Even though we started 0-4, we started 2014 with a victory and we’re 1-0 in the conference.
“Hopefully we can take some of this momentum and march forward.”
The Lakers received a big game from junior guard Kyle Zietlow, who knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 16 points. Zietlow also had five assists.
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In the girls’ game, Spring Lake trailed by four points in the closing minute of action, but battled back to tie the game on Reiko Johnson’s driving basket with 15 seconds remaining.
The host Cardinals had two shots to win the game, but couldn’t convert, and the Lakers’ Breanna Williams was fouled securing the defensive rebound with 1.5 seconds to play, but her free throw refused to fall, sending the game to overtime tied at 43.
In the extra session, the Lakers had a couple chances to take the lead, but couldn’t convert, and the Cardinals took advantage, scoring on a pair of fast breaks to take control of the game.
“We were a little loose coming out into overtime, and let them go on two coast-to-coasts and we’re playing from behind,” said coach Rich Hyde, whose team falls to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. “I’m really happy with our effort, going toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the conference.”
Junior Varsity: The Spring Lake girls JV basketball team defeated Orchard View at home Friday, 44-25.
Nora Adkins led the Lakers with 20 points and had 13 steels. Bethie Bronold added 11 points while Katie Mumby chipped in with six rebounds.
The Lakers are now 2-2 in conference play, 3-2 overall.
Freshmen: The girls beat West Michigan Christian on Friday, 47-18. The win improves the Lakers record to 4-2.
Sophie Conroy led Spring Lake in scoring with 14 points. Kaley George added 11 points and Audrey VanLinn chipped in with 10.