Girls: Pack, Vikes Stay Tied For Second
Boys: Lucky 13 For Fremont; Tigers, Devils Keep It Going; Cloud Notches #4
Fremont 41 Newaygo 38
The Packers got back to their winning ways as they snapped a 2 game skid with a win over the Lions.The victory kept Fremont in a tie with the surging Tri County team for second place in the Gold.
"Fremont jumped out to a 8 point lead and did a good job of maintaining the lead.,” said Lion Coach Nate Thomasma. “We shot the ball poorly tonight which hurt us."
Paige Vandenburg led the Packers with 13 points and Jaxi Long led all scorers knocking down 19 points for the Lions.
Fremont 8-3, 10-5 Newaygo 4-5, 7-6
Tri County 44 Grant 37
The Vikings sailed on to a 7th straight win.
"Grant is a great, tough team and they took it to us earlier in the year so I was really proud of how the team responded,” said Viking Coach Alyssa Alger.
“The girls are playing very well right now and the new system is starting to click for them. We all are having a lot of fun together right now and it is showing on the court. We play some very tough teams in our league and I think that has prepared us to finish the season strong.”
Jessica Thompson jammed up the scoring book with 10 points, 11 boards and a half dozen rejected shots while Alicia Bowen hit for 9 points grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.
Tri County 8-3, 11-4 Grant 6-4, 8-7
Grant 70 Tri County 56
The Tigers made it three in a row as they completed a season sweep of the Vikings. Connor Vanderwilt had the hot hand for Grant hitting for 20 while Seth Schuitema knocked down 14, Carter Chase cashed in 13 and Brett Long was the 4th Tiger in double figures finishing with 11.
Tri-County was led in scoring by Cameron Friend with 23.
Grant 5-5, 9-7 Tri County 0-11, 2-15
Fremont 78 Newaygo 52
The Packers continue to roll as they collected their 13th straight win to solidify their hold on the top spot in the Gold.
Coach Pete Zerfas:”For 4 straight games before this one we have only played average in the first half then turned it up in the second half. Tonight was different.”
The visitors ran up a 26-12 lead after one before the Lions played their way to a halftime deficit of a dozen points at 41-29
Then came the second half and a 20-9 run by Fremont that put the game away.
“We had 11 different players score, but 3 players had monster games,”added Coach Zerfas. “Logan Karnemaat had a triple double with 13 points, 11 blocks, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Braiden McDonald had 26 points and Calvin Miller had 18 points.”
Carter Moon also landed some numbers for Fremont grabbing 5 steals and dishing out 5 assists.
“Fremont proved they were the better team tonight,” said Lion Coach Joe Barrette. “ They turned every mistake into points.”
Fremont 10-1, 15-1 Newaygo 5-4, 8-6
White Cloud 70 Mason County Eastern 39
The host Indians piled up their highest point total of the season as the overwhelmed the Cardinals for the Parent Night victory.
Sam Venema tossed in 23 points to lead the Cloud with Steven Holt hitting for 321 and Chance Montemayor dropping in 12. Every WC player made it into the scorebook in the win.
White Cloud 3-5, 4-13 MCE 1-11 (WM D League), 2-12
Holton 75 Flat River Academy 40
On a cold night the Red Devils came out steaming hot as they fired in a 32 point barrage in the first quarter to take a 22 point lead and never looked back.
Kaleb Kitchka led Holton with 21 points and Chip Wright finished with 8.
Holton 6-2, 9-8 Flat River 4-4 (Independent)
Newaygo 65 Chippewa Hills 41
Down 33-31 at intermission the Lions roared out of the locker room to spin a 21-2 run that put them in the driver’s seat and secured the conference win.
Coach Bearrette: “Good effort on the defensive side of the ball tonight. We played together and took a step back in the right direction”
Connor Swinehart pooped in 15 points while working the glass for 7 rebounds while Kade Bhuyan fired in 13 points to go with his 4 assists and 4 steals.
Newaygo 67 Chippewa Hills 33
The relentless Lion defense forced 31 turnovers and ran away from the Warriors in the second half.
Coach Thomasma: "I thought tonight was a good win for us. We came out and jumped on them early and we were able to build on that lead. The whole team brought good energy which made a positive impact."
Jaxi Long led the Lions with 22 points while nabbing 6 steals and dishing 3 assists. Jaylee Long hit for 11 points and Kendall Mathis had a solid inside game with 5 points and 5 rebounds.