Lady Packers Halt Skid
By N3 News Team
Fremont 34 Newaygo 22
It took 2 minutes before anyone scored despite the Packers having the ball for most of those minutes. Shot after shot rimmed out, bounced out and caught air for Fremont but the ball kept landing in the hands of the Packer players until Kylee Chesley took charge of a rebound and the Lions worked it to Madison Bush who scored from the baseline to break the 0-0 tie.
Riley Sweet answered then hit another bucket before a pair of steals and breakaway baskets by Bre Harris put the visitors up 8-2. Lion Alexis Brocker knocked down a jumper from the wing, Anna Patenge scored on a follow...
...for Fremont and Faith Smith canned one for Newaygo at the buzzer and the first quarter ended with the Pack up 10-6.
After a Packer basket by Torey Reichert-Slater to open the second the Lions clawed back from the 6 point deficit when Madi Cook found the bottom of the net from three point land, and Smith was fouled from the same territory sinking 2-3 from the stripe. Patenge hit for 2 before Frisbie got into the distance game draining another triple for the Lions to pull the hosts to within 2 at the half.
That’s when Harris took over scoring all 9 of her teams points in the 3rd while Newaygo was limited to a Jenna Janke bucket.
The 4th opened with Harris hitting a pair from the charity stripe and Eryn Bettlemen dropping one in for 2. Down 13 points it was Smith again getting the Lions back on the board with 2 from the line and a bucket off a tough rebound. Patenge answered and Chesley answered back but time was running out on Newaygo and the game ended with Fremont freshman Chloe Shriver splitting a pair from the line and the Packers 5 game losing streak was history.
"We just have to find our consistency,” said Lion Coach Nate Thomasma. “We have too many ice cold nights shooting the ball and it hurts us.”
“We only shot 16% from the field and you are not going to win any games with that low of a percentage. It's definitely not from a lack of effort though. We have two more games to go to get ready for districts.”
Harris led all scorers with 15 points while snaring 5 steals and grabbing 9 boards. Patenge led the team on the glass with 13 rebounds to go with her 8 points and Sweet finished with 4 points.
Smith led Lion scorers with 8 while grabbing 8 rebounds and showed tremendous grit on the defensive end going up against the much taller opposition in the paint.
The Packers (6-6, 10-8) will be hosting the Grant Tigers Tuesday night while Newaygo (1-11, 3-15) takes on Tri County.