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Core to compete as Top Shooter

Tribune Staff • Mar 22, 2019 at 12:15 AM

Spring Lake girls basketball will be represented at the state finals Saturday at Calvin College.

Senior forward Jenna Core was selected as a participant for the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Top Shooters free-throw challenge as one of the best free-throw shooters in the state this year.

Core’s 81.33 percent (61-for-75) from the charity stripe landed her a spot among the 18 best in the state. She is the first Laker, boy or girl, to qualify for and compete in the event.

A preliminary shooting tournament will take place at 8:30 a.m. Each player will take 25 attempts, with the top half of the field advancing to the second round. Another 25 attempts will be used to determine the final.

The top two shooters from the preliminary round will face off head-to-head at halftime of the Division 4 state finals at approximately 10:40 a.m.

The preliminary rounds will be shot in the Hoogenboom Gymnasium, while the finals will be on the floor in Van Noord Arena. Both gyms are under the same roof at Calvin College.

BCAM also will run a three-point contest with a similar format featuring the best of the state’s distance shooters.

Along with Core’s invitation to the special tournament, Madeline Zenas, Leah Vaughan and Core earned more attention from BCAM, as the trio was named Outstanding Senior Student Athletes ahead of the season finale at Calvin.

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