Tigers edged in OT, Lions Fall To League Leading Hornets
By N3 Sports Team
Central Montcalm 51 Newaygo 23
Central Montcalm came into Friday’s battle with Newaygo riding a 6 game winning streak including victories in both conference matchups. They lived up to their billing as one of the league’s best teams by taking control of the game early behind a strong scoring attack including their dominant work on the offensive glass. The Hornets forged a 31-10 advantage by halftime and reined in the Lions to keep themselves atop the CSAA Gold standings.
"I was worried coming out of break that we would be a little sluggish in the first half and we were,” said Newaygo Head Coach Nate Thomasma. “I really liked how we responded in the second half and played a pretty even game with them.”
Kylee Chesley hit for 10 points and...
...gathered in 10 rebounds while Madison Bush scored 5 points to go with her 4 boards.
I give a lot of credit to CM, they are a good team with good coaching, Coach Thomasma added. “We have no time to hang our heads with some more tough conferences games coming up next week against Big Rapids and Fremont."
Newaygo dropped to 2-4 (1-2) on the year while Central Montcalm moved to 7-1 (3-0).
The Lions will host the Big Rapids Cardinals Tuesday.
Reed City 58 Grant 55
The Tigers battled back from a halftime deficit on the road to take the Coyotes into overtime but the back and forth pace of the extra period ended with the hosts on top.
Reed City put some distance between the teams in the second period to head to intermission with a comfortable 30-12 advantage but the Tigers roared out of the locker room and clawed their way back to take a 45-43 lead in the 4th. The teams traded baskets and trips to the foul line in the final minutes with the score deadlocked at the end of regulation. A seesaw overtime period ensued with the home team pulling out the CSAA Gold win.
Ashley Herin ripped the nets for 13 points and teammate Jill Arends canned a dozen.
“I was proud of the way that fought back and did not give up,” said Tiger Head Coach Paige Paulsen. “To come back and take the lead after the deficit we faced shows that we have a lot of grit and resilience. We have to take the next step and understand that we have to play tough consistently and not when we are backed into a corner.”
The Tigers (1-7, 0-3) will hit the road again Tuesday traveling to Remus for a conference tilt against Chippewa Hills (4-2, 1-2)
Big Rapids 50 Fremont 43
The Packers answered the opening basket by the Cardinals to tie the game at 2 then saw their hoists run off the next 14 points on their way to a 16-5 lead after one. Fremont settled in and made a run of their own in the second fighting back to knot the game at 20 by halftime thanks to converting 11 of their 15 trips to the charity stripe.
The second half saw the teams battling for the lead with the visitors edging ahead by 36-35 heading into the final frame. In the 4th it was the Cardinals parading to the free throw line as foul trouble plagued the Packers. Defensive stalwart Anna Patenge picked up foul number 5 early in the quarter leaving Fremont without one of their key rebounders and Big Rapids pushed ahead to secure the win.
Sharpshooter Bre Harris led the offense canning 19 points with Hali Garcia hitting for 8 and Patenge dropping 7 to go with her team high 10 rebounds.
The Packers (5-2, 2-1) drop into a second place tie with Big Rapids (4-3, 2-1) and Tri-County (4-3, 2-1) and will face Gold leader Central Montcalm (7-1, 3-0) Tuesday in Stanton.
White Cloud 62 Hesperia 23
The Indians picked up their first win of the season in front of a home crowd taking the CSAA Silver contest over the Panthers.