Friday Hoops Preview-Girls
By N3 Sports Team
Fremont at Newaygo
When the Packers dismantled the Lady Lions a little over a month back they were in a logjam of 4 teams looking to stake claim to the top spot in the Gold. Since then injuries and illness have sidelined and slowed down key players in John Krim’s offense as they have struggled to put points on the board and fallen into a 5th place tie.
Newaygo continues to be an enigmatic team. They endure a lengthy losing streak and break it with a win over one of the Silver’s top teams. The next game they fall out of contention early on and one game later they tie-up the conference leader and one of the region’s top teams and battle them to the final seconds before falling just short.
Here’s hoping both teams come in healthy because having Bre Harris and Kylee Chesley on the floor at the same time is a good show in itself and both teams are filled with gritty ballplayers who...
...play all out from tipoff to buzzer regardless of the scores. Faith Smith,Madi Bush, et.al. will need to keep Anna Patenge from ruling the glass and giving the Packers too many opportunities and Newaygo will need some balanced scoring, but it’s a different team than the one the Lions faced in mid January.
Grant at Tri County
Two teams with different directions of late.
The Vikings who boast some veteran talent have dropped out of the title race with 3 losses in their last 4 games including twice to Reed City a team the Tigers handcuffed last Friday.
Grant has won 4 in a row and you can see their confidence building as they head toward tournament play. Earlier this season they lost to TC by 5 and they were just starting to show glimpses of the team they have become. They are a better team now but that game was at home and this one will be at the venue of the Vikings, always a tough place for visiting teams.
Laura Bouwkamp and Ashley Herin are at the heart of this team and when they get Kylie Patton in the mix early the Tigers are a formidable force. TC can physically wear down teams and if Ashley Bowen and Jenna DeGeer get hot they will score in bunches.
Holton at White Cloud
The Red Devils dominated at home a month ago but the Indians have run off 3 in a row and are seeing the results of a season of experience for their youthful squad. This team can surprise other teams with their quickness on defense and they have some players, like Hannah Brown, who can heat up quickly on offense. The team’s lone senior, Mackenzie Jordan will be playing on her home court for the final time.