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SL hoops sweeps Monday night schedule

Tribune Staff • Feb 19, 2019 at 12:39 AM

The Spring Lake girls and boys basketball teams took to the court for a pair of rare Monday-night showdowns in rescheduled matchups with Montague and Sparta.

The girls used tough defense to take a 44-25 victory over the Wildcats, while the boys won a close one, 46-45, over the Spartans.

In the boys’ contest, the Lakers fell behind 12-10 after the first quarter, cutting the lead to 24-23 heading into halftime. Sparta retook control in the third for a 37-34 lead heading into the final frame. There, Spring Lake outscored Sparta 12-8 in the final eight minutes, picking up the game-winning points with less than two minutes to play on a steal-and-score by Sam Sheridan. Neither team scored the rest of the way.

Lucas Lyyski led the effort with 12 points, followed by Zach Keyser with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Spring Lake head coach Bill Core credited the defense of Sheridan, Keyser, Sam Negen, Noah Verlinda and Kyle Wiersma down the stretch for their victory.

The win improves the Lakers’ record to 5-14 overall and 2-9 in conference play.

The girls complemented the win with one of their own in a dominating performance at Montague on Monday.

Spring Lake held the Wildcats to just 13 first-half points and 12 second-half points, maintaining total control throughout the contest.

Jenna Core led the way with 15 points, while Madeline Zenas and Abbi Perkins each added eight.

The win improves the Lakers’ record to 8-8 overall.

Both Spring Lake teams return to action Friday against league-leading Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

Freshmen: The Spring Lake freshmen boys team defeated Sparta 58-26 Monday night. Dylan Lisman led with 16 points, while Travis Throop added 16 rebounds, nine points and five assists. Jackson Core added five steals, eight rebounds and six points.

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