Big Rapids 37 Fremont 26
The Cardinal defense swarmed over the Packers holding them to just 4 first quarter points as they built a 9 point lead. The second stanza saw the visitors offense come to life a bit feeding off a defense that allowed Fremont to pull within a point at 18-17 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
The second half belonged to Jayla Strickland who commanded the paint on both ends of the floor scoring 8 of her 14 while rejecting a quartet of Packer attempts in the process. The Cards pulled away for the win and remain in the hunt for the conference crown a game behind undefeated Central Montcalm.
The same Hornets Fremont (8-8, 4-6) will hit the road to face this Tuesday.
Natalie Jamieson led the Pack in scoring hitting for 9 points while Calla Miller dished out 4 assists and snared a foursome of steals on the defensive end.
Central Montcalm 61 Newaygo 21
The Hornets are one of two Class B teams in the state without a loss.
Friday night against the Lions they demonstrated why with a dominant defense, opportunistic scoring and enough depth to wear down opponents.
The Lions scored 9 points in the first but it took more than two additional periods to equal that amount as the hosts stung them for 41 first half points and the rout was on.
Newaygo hit on just 7 of 33 shots on the night.
"Not a good game for us,” said Coach Thomasma whose team saw their 3 game winning streak halted. “We competed but didn’t play our best. Give credit to Central Montcalm. When we made mistakes, they punished us."
“We'll regroup and get ready for Big Rapids on Tuesday.”
Madison Bush led Newaygo (5-11, 2-8) with 6 points, Daisy Hagen finished with 5 and Jaylee Long and Lillian Ruehmeier notched 4 apiece.
Tri County 55 Chippewa Hills 31
Freshman Alicia Bowen led the Viking crew with 13 points as Tri County evened its conference mark at 5-5 and moved their season record to 8-8 with a win over the Warriors.
The Vikes jumped out to an early lead ending the first on top 10-4 then built on that advantage to hit intermission with a 16 point cushion.
Emma Overbeek and Dayoni Mahlich reached double figures for TC notching 10 apiece with Mahlich adding 6 steals to the stat sheet.
Tricia Slavens was everywhere scoring 9 points, pulling down 8 boards and snaring a half dozen steals.
The Vikings will travel to Reed City Tuesday to face the Coyotes.