Friday Hoop Action- Packer Teams Sweep Coyotes; Tigers Split With Hornets
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Fremont 51 Reed City 33
Fremont came out strong leading 7-0, but a string of turnovers brought the Coyotes back and the Pack clung to a 14-12 advantage after the first quarter.
“We regrouped in the second quarter and took a 35-18 lead into the half, but once again we had too many turnovers in the third quarter and Reed City closed the gap to 41-33 at the end of the third.,” said Packer Head Coach Pete Zerfas. “We played great defense in the fourth and did not allow Reed City to score in the entire quarter.”
Sophomore Logan Karnemaat led the Pack in scoring for the second straight game with 12 points. Ryan Geeting hit for 8 and...
...Sam Kaastra had 7 to go with his 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Fremont also got 7 points off the hands of Cooper Kukal.
The win gives the Packers a 2-0 record in their inaugural CSAA Gold season with a 3-1 overall record.
Grant 73 Central Montcalm 48
The Tigers found themselves down 12-9 after one before an explosive second quarter brought them to a 13 point margin and into the driver’s seat by intermission. The halftime break did little to cool down Grant’s offense as they poured in 28 points to build a 24 point lead the Hornets could not overcome.
“I was pleased with the effort my guys gave, especially coming off of two straight losses (Big Rapids and Kent City). Central Montcalm is a tough team,” said Tiger Coach Matthew McCorkle. “We struggled for the fourth straight game in the first quarter and they came out with more passion and intensity than we did. Coach Basom had his guys ready to play.”
“Central Montcalm has a couple of good shooters you cannot leave open or they will punish you. The key to the game was our defensive play in the second and third quarters. “
The Tigers outscored the visiting Hornets 51-24 during the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
Spencer Naffziger finished with 15 points to lead the Tiger attack while pulling down, 8 rebounds and rejecting a pair of Hornet attempts. Tyler Lopez hit for 14 points to go with his 5 boards and Cater Chase dished out 6 assists and drained 9 points.
Casey Geers (8 points), Shayne Gardner (7), Mike Frey (6), Trent Throop (5), Gannon Carr (4), Tyler Naffziger (3) and Alex Longcore (2) were among the ten Tigers making their way into the scorebook Friday night.
“We still have a lot of things to work on over the holiday break,” added Coach McCorkle. “Hopefully this win will give us a bit of a lift going into 2017.”
Fremont 50 Reed City 42
The Packers exploded in the final period dropping 21 points on the Coyotes to overcome a 2 point deficit and record their third straight win while remaining undefeated at 2-0 in conference play and 4-1 overall.
“Free throw shooting was a key for us as we shot 10 for 13 in the quarter,” said Packer Coach John Krim. “Bre Harris played outstanding basketball in the final stanza as she scored 10 points, had 2 steals and assist and was 5 for 6 from the line to lead the way.”
Freshman Natalie Jamieson knocked down 11 points including her 7 point contribution in the decisive 4th quarter and led the Pack on the glass by pulling down a dozen rebounds on the night. Anna Patenge fired in 8 points and grabbed 9 boards for the streaking Packer squad.
Central Montcalm 62 Grant 25
Cece Male scored 12 points for the Tigers but the hosts were buried by an early onslaught by the Hornets and never recovered.
“We could never get going at any point in the game,” said Tiger Coach Paige Paulsen. “Central Montcalm came and executed a great game plan."
The loss was Grant's 4th straight after a season opening win over White Cloud and the Tigers are 0-2 in conference play. They will play once more before Christmas break traveling to Fruitport Tuesday to take on the Trojans in a non-conference tilt.