Local Sports Journal
The Mona Shores girls basketball team broke open a close game with a 12-point edge in the third quarter and cruised past Spring Lake 50-31 Thursday in a Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Classic matchup.
“We finally executed some of our half court pressure defense,” said Mona Shores head coach Brad Kurth. “Got them to do some of things we wanted them to do and that led us to some transition points. We kind of opened up from there. The biggest thing is we need to continue to improve our running in transition.”
Leading the Sailors was Jasmyn Walker with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Rachel Anderson added eight points, Jordan Walker had five assists and three steals while Jenaa Matthews grabbed seven rebounds in the win.
Reiko Johnson had 11 points for Spring Lake.
“I thought we were better tonight and defensively I was pleased with second half,” said Kurth.
He pointed to how his squad kept Spring Lake standout Kelsee Zuidema to just seven points as an important milestone.
“That was a key for us. She’s a nice post player inside and she rarely got the ball,” he said.
“We have a lot of kids that can put the ball in the basket,” Kruth continued. “On any given night we have 11 kids that can score.
“We had good guard play. I was most please with the defense and the third quarter. We put seperation on them. I thought my post players did a fantastic job dominating the boards against their size.”
Mona Shores improved to 2-1 on the season and Spring Lake fell to 2-2.