Spring Lake coupled a big run to end the third quarter with a near shutout in the fourth to pull away from Tri-County, 44-29. The two teams now share first place with identical 8-2 conference records.
“I think that all games leading up to this one were practice games,” said Lakers’ captain Kelsee Zuidema. “We were excited tonight and it showed.”
A little too excited at the start for coach Rich Hyde’s liking.
The Lakers fell behind 4-0 in what Hyde called his squad’s worst three-and-a-half minutes of defense in the past month.
Spring Lake came back to take a 5-4 lead, but a Tri-County 3-pointer put the Vikings up once again, and they went into the second quarter up 9-7 on the Lakers.
The Lakers kept things close in the second, but the Vikings seemed to have an answer for every Spring Lake bucket. The Lakers went into the half trailing 17-16.
It got worse before it got better in the third quarter for Spring Lake, as Tri-County opened with a 5-0 run.
Then the Lakers went on a little run of their own — a 13-1 spurt.
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