With that benchmark already firmly accomplished, the Lakers now have higher aspirations.
Spring Lake took a big step toward its newfound goal on Friday, defeating visiting Orchard View, 60-50.
“We’re starting to believe that we are contenders, as young as we are,” said coach Rich Hyde. “Now we’re going to get greedy and try to move up.”
It was a little bit of revenge for Spring Lake — the Lakers fell to the Cardinals 50-45 in overtime at Orchard View on Jan. 3.
Friday’s victory put Spring Lake at 6-2 in the conference, one game behind first-place Tri-County, and dropped Orchard View to 4-4 in conference play.
“We just separated ourselves from the middle of the pack,” Hyde said.
The Lakers’ start wasn’t pretty, as they fell behind the Cardinals 6-0. But Spring Lake steadily got better throughout the game, narrowing the Orchard View lead to one by the end of the first quarter, grabbing a three-point lead heading into the half, and expanding it to five before the fourth quarter, where they pulled away.
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