Grant Moving On With 35-24 Win Over Pack
By Ken DeLaat
Twice before, the last time being just 6 days ago, Fremont’s team had beaten the girls from Grant. Both games saw the Packers win by double digits but as Packer Coach John Krim expressed before the game, defeating a good team three times in a season is no easy task.
And make no mistake about it the Tigers are a good team. Led by seniors Ashley Herin and Laura Bouwkamp, the team has seen the emergence of Kylie Patton as a force in the paint and developed a supporting cast of fearless players like Cecilia Male, Nichole Whan and Giorgia Paleari.
Fremont’s youthful team has Bre Harris as its catalyst. Harris makes things happen for the Pack, a scoring machine who can shred a defense with outside shooting or piloting a pick and roll with Anna Patenge. Patenge makes her mark...
...with rugged defense and cleaning up the glass for the Packers and the team boasts a trio of freshmen who have responded well to the opportunities they’ve been given on the floor.
The Tigers set the tone for their offensive plans early getting the ball inside to Patton. Unsuccessful in their first two attempts while Harris and Patenge scored for the Packers, the third time was the charm as Patton scored then Herin tied the score after a Patton rejection on the other end.
Grant then began the press they would employ much of the night but Fremont broke it with Harris scoring then Riley Sweet grabbed a steal and fired a pass to Patenge making it 8-4 Fremont. Bouwkamp split a pair at the line then after a missed free throw on the Packer end Male went the length of the court for a bucket and the quarter ended 8-7 Pack.
Bouwkamp opened the scoring in the second to give the Tigers their first lead then Sweet took another steal and went the distance for a layup to put the Packers back in front. Male shot a pretty pass inside to Whan as Grant regained the lead 11-10.
It was a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night. Fremont’s scoring was limited to 3 free throws off the hands of Harris while Bouwkamp and Patton scored for Grant but it was the triple fired in by Bouwkamp as the first half was winding down that dug the hole a bit deeper for Fremont as intermission arrived with the Tigers up 20-13.
The second half began as the first one ended only this time it was Herin who scored from beyond the arc giving her team a 10 point lead. Fremont continued to battle through the Grant press but with Patton controlling the paint the Packers had few second opportunities at the basket and the Tigers were able to maintain the distance in points and capture the win.
“It was a great team defensive effort,” said Tiger Coach Paige Paulsen. “We had a game plan and executed it with intensity. We also did an excellent job of limiting them to 1 shot."
“Offensively we got good looks and though we did not shoot a great percentage we got a lot of put backs. We made enough shots to extend the lead. “
“Ashley (Herin) was a rock tonight handling their pressure and getting us set in our offense. Great team win and it is always nice to have another day of practice.”
Bouwkamp led all scorers with 14 for Grant with Patton and Male scoring 6 apiece and Herin hitting for 5. Harris led the Pack with an even dozen and Patenge added 8.
Grant will move on to Wednesday’s game with Newaygo at 7:30pm with the winner facing the team that emerges from the Tri County/Sparta game that will open the evening’s doubleheader at 6pm.
For Fremont it was the end of a breakout season that saw a youthful Packer team post a winning record and set the stage for future success