Tuesday’s Hoops Report: Tiger Boys, Packer Girls Win
By N3 Sports Team
While most of the games in the area were weathered out Tuesday the CSAA Gold matchups between the Fremont teams and their hosts from Grant went forward.
Grant 45 Fremont 29
The Tigers won their 4th straight conference game as they held the Packers to their lowest output of the season and used their balanced scoring attack to secure the victory.
Both teams seemed to struggle on offense the first half and by intermission the visitors held a tenuous 15-14 lead. The second half saw...
...the Tigers taking advantage of Packer miscues to take command of the game.
“We played a very sloppy game from start to finish,” said Packer Coach Pete Zerfas. “Unfortunately multiple turnovers in the third quarter led to Grant shots and they took the momentum and ran with it. We were only able to run our offense a few times in the third quarter which ended up neutralizing our size advantage.”
Freshmen Carter Chase led Grant in scoring with 10 points. The Packers were paced by Sam Kaastra who finished with 13.
The Tigers now sit in second place behind the undefeated Cardinals with a 4-1 conference record (5-3 overall). They will be traveling 5 miles up the road Friday to renew the county’s oldest rivalry when they take on the Lions who sit a half game behind them in the Gold Division at 3-1 (6-1).
The Packers are now 3-2 in conference play and 5-4 overall. They will try to get on track at home this Friday when they face the Vikings of Tri County (0-4, 0-6).
Fremont 45 Grant 33
The Tigers came out battling at home and their strong defensive effort kept them close to the first place Packers as they reached intermission with the visitors having inched out a 3 point lead at 15-12.
The Grant girls continued to stay within range until the final period when Fremont pulled away while converting 13 of 17 from the line when the Pack’s increasing lead forced Grant to foul. Abby Pell was a perfect 4-4 at the stripe down the stretch for the visitors.
Bre Harris fired in 22 points including 16 in the second half and Anna Patenge ruled the glass ripping down a game high dozen rebounds to go with her 8 points. Hali Garcia hit for 5 points in the winning cause.
The Tigers were led by Laura Bouwkamp who dropped in 10.
Fremont (4-1, 8-2) hosts Tri County (3-1, 5-3) in a battle between 2 of the 4 teams battling for the top spot in the Gold. The other two, Big Rapids (3-1, 5-3) and Central Montcalm (3-1, 7-2), met last Friday when the Cardinals halted the Hornets 7 game winning streak.
Grant (0-5, 1-9) will be heading into Lion country to face Newaygo (1-3, 2-5). It will be the Lions first home game since a 71-29 win over Hesperia three days before Christmas.