Girls:Brown sparks Cloud win; Packer offense catches fire late
Boys: Lions roar back behind Swinehart, Brummell; Packers D the key
White Cloud 42 Grant 36 (Monday)
The Varsity Girls opened up their season at Grant with a hard fought victory over the Tigers Monday night. The Indians were led by sharp shooter Hannah Brown who canned a game high 27 points adding 3 steals on the defensive end.. Olivia Bowman stuffed the stats with 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists while Alexis Strait led the team in rebounds with 9. Hallie Schulz knocked down 8 points, and grabbed 4 rebounds and Cassie Watson’s motor ran for 32 minutes contributing 2 points and 7 rebounds.
White Cloud opens up league play at Kent City on Friday.
Fremont 42 Montague 31
The Packers prevailed in their season opener as the offense came to life in the final frame to secure the non conference win over the Wildcats.
“It was very evident that it was the first game for both teams,” said Packer Coach Jon Krim. “Lots of turnovers by both and lots of easy shots missed.”
Calla Miller dropped in a dozen points while picking the Montague pockets for 5 steals, Chloe Shriver hit for 11 points and Natalie Jamieson peeled off 10 rebounds in a game dominated by defense.
Fremont will travel to Reed City Friday for their conference opener.
Newaygo 68 Holton 41
Hesperia 76 Walkerville 42
Fremont 45 Ludington 35
The Orioles took an early 7-2 lead before the Packer defense clamped down as the visitors from Fremont went on a 12-0 run to grab the lead they would hold the remainder of the contest.
“It was an incredibly athletic game played at rim level on both sides for much of the game. We played our best defensive game in many years limiting an extremely good and athletic ludington team to 35 points.”
The Pack had a 10 point spread going into the final frame but the rugged Oriole team fought back to cut the margin to 3 late in the contest and began sending Packer players to the line.
Tristan Campbell, Jaxx Miller, Carter Moon and Julian Echavarria each came through at the charity stripe to put the game on ice.
Carter Moon led in scoring with 13 points, and “played his best game ever at point” according to Coach Zerfas.
Calvin Miller hit for 11 points while taking down 10 boards and rejecting 5 Oriole attempts at the basket. Miller’s partner in the paint Logan Karnemaat also collected 10 rebounds and 5 blocks, adding 5 points while Campbell finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks.
The Packers are now 2-0 and will hit the road to Reed City Friday to take on the Coyotes in the conference opener for both teams.
Newaygo 61 Lakeview 56
The Lions were on the road staring at a 6 point deficit at intermission in their season opener against the Wildcats, but a strong second half propelled them to victory.
"Thankful to play well enough to win tonight,” said Coach Joe Barrette. “We still have a lot to fix, but always better to do after a win against a well coached tough Lakeview team"
Connor Swinehart led the team in scoring as he hit for 25 points while taking down 11 boards while Ryan Brummell fired in 18 points, grabbed 5 steals and collected a half dozen rebounds
The Lions will begin conference play Friday when the host Chippewa Hills.
Tri County 89 White Cloud 47
Sam Venema scored 18 points and Steven Holt added a dozen but the Vikings were too much for the Cloud Tuesday as they ran to a convincing win in the cross conference matchup.
Grant 58 Shelby 47
Ravenna 66 Hesperia 20