HOLLAND — It’s a pretty simple game, they say. Just put the ball in the basket.

If you can’t do that frequently enough, it can lead to big trouble.

The Spring Lake’s girls basketball team did everything right except score points early on against O-K Blue Conference foe Holland Christian. The Lakers failed to recover in a 44-24 loss on the road Friday night.

“We played solid defense, and got good opportunities on offense,” Lakers coach Rich Hyde said. “But, we went 1 for 14 from the floor in the first half.

“The third quarter we came out and cut the deficit down to five, before giving up a late fourth quarter run to the Maroons for the final margin.”

Spring Lake was looking up at a 17-5 deficit at the end of the first half.

Meah Bajt scored five points and had five rebounds to lead the Lakers. Ella Andree also scored five points, and Jennifer Judge had four rebounds.

Eryn Bouhuis had a solid game for the Lakers, with three points and three rebounds, while Nicole Schmitt chipped in with two points.

Spring Lake saw its record dip to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the OK Conference Blue with its first loss in its last three games. The Lakers are next scheduled to see action on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Coopersville.

Photographer Kelly Gates was in Holland to capture images from the action.