Tigers Get Revenge, Pack Falls To 3rd. Lions Come Up Short
By N3 Sports Team
Grant 52 Central Montcalm 47 (OT)
How much have the Tigers improved?
The team was on the road at a tough venue facing a team that had taken them apart earlier in the season with a resounding 37 point win in front of Grant’s home crowd.
Friday night was about redemption as the Tigers stepped up and grinded out an overtime win over a tough Hornet squad.
The first half saw the teams exchange blows with the lead going back and forth. The Hornets looked to go into halftime with...
...a slim 3 point lead before Emerson Cole nailed a shot and was fouled sending her to the stripe where she converted to make it 21 all at intermission.
The Hornets who slipped a game out of first place earlier in the week with a loss to TC came out of the break strong and built an 11 point lead before Giorgia Paleari singed the nets with a triple to pull the visitors within 8 heading to the final frame. The Tigers clawed their way back to tie the game then made an outstanding defensive stop to send the game into OT.
Grant edged ahead in the extra period then sealed the deal at the free throw line where the Tigers hit on 10 of 12 down the stretch to pull off a big win over a CM team who saw a different team than the one they easily handled in December.
Kylie Patton hit for 11 points and snared 11 rebounds and Laura Bouwkamp fired in 10 points while grabbing 8 boards.
Grant (3-6, 4-10) will welcome in Morley Stanwood (4-3, 9-7) on Tuesday for a cross conference game.
Reed City 33 Fremont 28
The Packers were looking to keep pace in the conference race but they failed to break the 30 point margin for the third straight game and fell to the Coyotes, dropping to third place in the process.
“Both teams playing very well defensively and struggled offensively to get any consistency, said Coach John Krim. “ We got into some serious foul trouble in the 4th and had to sit a couple of key players including Bre Harris our most productive offensive player.”
“Give Reed City credit tonight as they made a little run at that time and built an 8 point lead with under 4 to go and we couldn't recover.”
Anna Patenge recorded her first career double double scoring 11 points and collecting 12 boards plus blocking 4 shots. Harris was held under 10 points for the first time all year finishing with 8 to go with her 10 steals and 8 rebounds.
Fremont (5-3, 9-5) will travel to Stanton for a make-up game with Central Montcalm before hosting first place Big Rapids (8-1, 10-4) Friday night.
Chippewa Hills 48 Newaygo 33
The Warriors found some offense Friday night as they ruled the boards and built enough of a lead on second chance shots to secure the win.
"It was our 7th game in 17th days,” said Lion Coach Nate Thomasma. “We just looked tired in the second half tonight and it showed on the glass. Chippewa Hills had 19 offensive rebounds for the game while we had 24 total rebounds. We played solid first shot defense but just did not rebound the ball. “
“We also only shot 22% from the field and 38% from the stripe. Those things are just too much to overcome."
Kylee Chesley led the Lion attack with 13 points to go with her 6 rebounds. Faith Smith hit for 5 points while pulling down 7 hard fought boards and putting forth a strong defensive effort. Alexis Issette had 18 points for the Warriors.
Newaygo (1-9, 2-12) takes on Lakeview (5-2, 5-8) Tuesday.
Kent City 43 White Cloud 30