38 point performance leads Tiger rout
Story by Mike Gesler
Photos by Catalpa Photography
Grant 86 Lakeview 57
If you missed Grant’s game Tuesday night you missed a first half shooting clinic by the Tiger’s sophomore guard, Carter Chase. The Lakeview Wildcats came into Grant’s house hoping to improve upon their record in a non-conference matchup against a younger Grant squad. However, Grant had other plans for the Wildcats, and they would have to execute those plans without senior guard, Tyler Naffziger, whose was out sick.
To say the first half was all about Carter Chase would be an understatement. The Wildcats were woefully unprepared for Chase’s presence on the court. And as Whitehall learned earlier this season, if you don’t shut down Chase, you will have a difficult time overcoming what he can do to you. Chase lit up the boards draining eight three pointers, three field goals, and each of his three free throw attempts to score thirty-three of Grant’s fifty first half points. “We’ve seen it before,” said Coach McCorkle. “We know his shooting ability. We needed him tonight, especially on a night when one of our fellow teammates wasn’t here, Tyler Naffziger, was sick. [Naffziger] has been stepping up to scoring because a lot of teams have been keying in on Carter. Just an outstanding performance from a kid who probably doesn’t care if he only scored one point.”
Lakeview would come out of the locker room with some second half adjustments hoping to make up for their fifteen point first half deficit. Shutting down Chase would be priority number one. These adjustments would prove to be effective as the Wildcats would go on an eight point unanswered run before Coach McCorkle would call a timeout to refocus the Tiger’s efforts. However, when you key in on Chase, you leave one or more of Grant’s other talented shooters open. Both freshman guard, Frederick Hall, and senior forward, Michael Frey, stepped up to replace Chase. This was all too much to overcome for the Wildcats as Grant dominated with a final score of 86-57.
“Defensively we’re not going in the right direction right now,” offered Coach McCorkle. “I’m happy we won. I’m always happy when we win. I don’t take wins lightly especially at home. That’s one of our goals is to win all of our games at home. I’m pleased for the boys. I think we’re not quite there yet where we need to be defensively if we’re going to achieve the goals we set out to achieve. Hopefully we can continue to make progress.” Defensively Grant will need to step up if they have any plans of going into Big Rapid’s house this Friday in a second round conference match up and coming away victorious. Big Rapids beat the Tigers on the Tiger’s home court earlier this season by four.
Scoring in double digits tonight were Carter Chase with 38 points, Frederick Hall with 13 points, and Michael Frey with 11 points. Also adding to the Tiger’s effort were Cole Chase (8), Alex Longcore (6), Connor VanderWilt and Patrick Lancestremere both with four, and Karlton Zerlaut with two. The Tigers move to 5-6 for the season, and will face the Big Rapid Cardinals on Friday evening in Big Rapids.