Spring Lake girls basketball team stays on top of the Lakes 8 with a 29-26 win over Ludington

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The Spring Lake girls basketball team is still perfect and still on top of the Lakes 8 Conference.

The Lakers traveled to Ludington Friday for a conference showdown with the Orioles and came away with a 29-26 victory and sole possession of first place with a 7-0 league mark.

Spring Lake is 16-0 overall.

Spring Lake jumped out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter and held on for the rest of the contest, which was a defensive struggle.

The Lakers had a 4-1 edge in the second quarter and were outscored 9-8 in the third and 6-4 in a very quiet fourth quarter.

The Lakers took their biggest lead of the night – eight points – in the third quarter, but couldn’t pull away.

Ludington hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left in the game to pull within three points.

The Orioles went to the free throw line with two seconds remaining, but missed the front end of a one-and-one, and the Lakers got the rebound and the win.

Ludington had a great chance to control the game, attempting 17 more shots from the floor than the Lakers. But the Orioles only hit 18 percent of their shots, and missed 22 of 23 from 3-point range.

Spring Lake was hurt by 23 turnovers, but had a 37-27 edge in rebounds.

“It was pretty amazing,” Spring Lake Coach Rich Hyde said about the low scoring game. “But ugly doesn’t matter if you can manage to get out of Ludington with a win. They’re a good team and that’s a tough place to play.”

Kelsee Zuidema paced Spring Lake with 14 points. Ally Plamandon had 10 points and nine rebounds for Ludington, which fell to 6-1 in league play.

The two teams will meet again at Spring Lake on Feb. 23.

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