With their Lakes Eight Conference championship dreams hanging by a thread, Spring Lake needed a hero.
The Lakers found one in Ayna Gordon.
The junior guard fired in a critical 3-pointer to break a 27-all tie late in the fourth quarter, spring-boarding the Lakers to a 36-33 win over Fruitport and wrapping up a share of the Lakes Eight crown.
“I was thinking, ‘Finally,’” said Gordon, who also hit a deep 3 to end the first half, accounting for her six points. “We pulled together as a team. Reiko (Johnson) saw me open and her confidence, and my teammates’ confidence, really helped me.”
The Lakers finish the regular season at 13-7 overall and 9-3 in Lakes Eight play, tied with Ludington for the top spot. Tri-County has a chance to make it a three-way tie atop the league if the Vikings can beat Orchard View today.
“Conference champs is conference champs. We knew there was a lot at stake tonight, and we left it all out on the court,” said Gordon, whose team pulled out Friday’s win a night after losing at Ludington, costing them the outright league title.
Spring Lake takes on Orchard View on Monday at 6 p.m. in Class B district play at Orchard View. Fruitport then faces Whitehall at 7:30.
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