The drama surrounding the Lake Eight girls basketball race heightened on Thursday as Spring Lake lost at Ludington, 61-44.
A win would have guaranteed the Lakers at least a share of the conference crown. Instead, Ludington drew into a three-way tie with Spring Lake and Tri-County at 8-3 in league play with one final game remaining.
Spring Lake enters tonight’s home contest against Fruitport with another opportunity to clinch that share. A loss would likely cost the Lakers a piece of the title.
The Orioles made nine 3-pointers in their win over the Lakers on Thursday, with six different players hitting from beyond the arc.
“If its one kid going off you can make adjustments, but when it’s six kids it’s tough,” said coach Rich Hyde, whose team is 12-7 overall.
Two of Kalli Wahr’s three triples hurt the Lakers in particular.
Spring Lake cut Ludington’s lead to 27-23 late in the second quarter, before the Orioles’ standout hit a buzzer-beater to put Ludington up by seven going into the half.
Spring Lake went on an 8-3 run to start the third quarter, bringing the Lakers to within two at 33-31.
The Spring Lake defense stopped Ludington on three consecutive possessions, but the Lakers couldn’t convert on the other end, turning the ball over three straight times.
Then Wahr connected from downtown again.
“They were crushing 3’s, both at opportune times,” Hyde said. “We didn’t score the rest of the quarter after that.”
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