Pack, Tigers Stay Tied For 2nd; Lions Fall To Hornets
By N3 Sports Team
Fremont 70 Central Montcalm 40
Make it 5 in a row.
The Packers were on fire from the opening tip-off in their makeup game with Central Montcalm taking control early with a 17-5 first quarter then pushing the lead to 41-14 by halftime. Sophomore Logan Karnemaat (10) and Ryan Geeting (9) paced the Pack’s first half scoring barrage that saw 8 different players tally points.
The Hornets who had won two in a row before being edged by a tough Grant team last Friday never...
...got their offense on track primarily due to the rugged defensive effort put forth by the Fremont squad.
“Our defense was active and led to many transition points,” said Coach Pete Zerfas.
The Packers (7-2, 10-4) will need a similar effort this Friday when first place Big Rapids (9-0, 12-1) comes to town. The Cardinals will be trying to shake off a trouncing by Ludington last night. In a matchup of unbeaten powerhouses the Orioles hung a 70-38 loss on the CSAA Gold leader. The Cardinals defeated Fremont 64-48 earlier this season at BR.
Geeting finished with 14 points, Karnemaat got 10 and Dominic Byrne and Ben Schmidt hit for 9 apiece. Cooper Kukal netted 8 and Sam Kaastra and Bailey Baddis each added 7.
Grant 53 Morley Stanwood 29
The Silver co-leading Mohawks were taken out by a Tiger team that has now tallied 7 wins in their last 8 games.
Morley’s only blemish on the season coming into the game was a loss to Silver co-leader Kent City and are led by Nic Huntey a prolific scorer who has eclipsed the career 1,000 point mark
But this Grant team has been hitting on all cylinders of late and not only dominated the game from the beginning but also held Huntey to a single point.
“We did an excellent job of not letting him score an I thought our team defense on him was superb,” said Coach Matt McCorkle.
The defense never rested as no Mohawk was able to reach double figures on the night.
“Tonight was a great team win,” added Coach McCorkle. “All of my guys got to play, which has been important to me all season. I want to reward everyone for working hard in practice because we are only as good as how hard we push each other in practice.”
“Consistency has been our biggest issue lately. Hopefully, we can start to be consistent on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor as we wind down to the last few weeks of the season.”
Spencer Naffziger led the scoring parade with 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and Carter Chase dished out 6 assists and pilfered 4 steals to go with his 11 points. Casey Geers hit for 8 points and snatched 6 boards and Trent Throop grabbed 5 off the glass.
With the win Grant (7-2, 9-4) remains tied with Fremont for second place in the Gold and 2 games behind league leading Big Rapids. The Tigers host Reed City (3-6, 3-10) Friday
Lakeview 69 Newaygo 66
The Lions crossed over to the Silver for a game with Lakeview that turned out to be a close battle all the way with the Wildcats able to hold off Newaygo for the win. It was the 7th loss in 8 games for the Lions.
This was despite a stellar performance by Cam Fisk who ripped the nets for 28 points while peeling a dozen boards off the glass.
Newaygo (4-5, 7-7) will host Central Montcalm (3-6, 4-9) Friday.
Walkerville 62 Hesperia 48