Fremont 45 Grant 31
Story by Mike Gesler
Photos by Catalpa Photography
A young Grant Lady Tiger team came into Fremont’s house tonight for a CSAA Gold Conference matchup. The Tigers have been showing steady improvement all season, but would be facing, as most of their season has gone, a more experienced Packer team. While neither team has much hope of winning the conference, Fremont needed a win to get to .500, and at least keep some momentum going.
The Packers opened up the game and built a six point lead before the Tigers brought it within two about half way through the first quarter. But easy turnovers would hurt Grant, and by the time the quarter ended, Fremont stretched their lead by seven, 13-6. “We started out well. We had a great beginning of the game. We put a lot of pressure on them, and they didn’t handle the ball particularly well,” said Fremont’s coach, John Krim.
The second quarter, however, would see just the opposite. Suddenly Grant was putting on a sneak peak of the type of team they are developing into. “We really came out that second quarter and played the brand of basketball we kind of have been waiting to play. I mean we were moving the ball. We played a little bit up tempo. The kids were involved; confident in what they could do, and the product showed. I mean you don’t always expect to score eighteen points in a quarter, but you think you could get twelve,” said Coach Paulsen of Grant. That eighteen point run lifted the Tigers into a halftime lead of 18-24.
The third and fourth quarters conversely, were all about the Packers. The Tigers could not get the looks they needed, and their shooters went cold only scoring a total seven points in the entire second half. “We kind of struggled to get a few things going. We’re not the highest shooting percentage team so when you’re not getting shots, and the shots you are getting count for everything in the world because they’re the difference between you going up one or going down five, you have got to make them. When you don’t, it sets you back. We didn’t get a high volume, and then we didn’t make the ones that we needed,” stated Coach Paulsen
So while Grant couldn’t get anything going on the boards, Fremont took every opportunity to re-grab the lead and not look back; putting up twelve points in the third quarter and fifteen in the fourth. “We needed to make some adjustments. One of that was we need to fake passes a little more, and fake high pass, low pass, that kind of thing, and make sure that we were bounce passing; just had to do a better job of taking care of the ball because we were our own worst enemies in that first half,” Coach Krim offered.
The Packers move to 6-4 (3-3 conference) on the season while the Tigers fell to 2-8 (1-5 Conference). The Packers will next face Tri-County on Friday at Tri-County, and the Tigers will see Newaygo in Grant on Friday. Leading the way for the Packers was freshman, Calla Miller, with 12 points followed by senior, Anna Patenge with 10 points and sophomore, Chloe Shriver with nine. Also scoring for Fremont was Natalie Jamieson and Paige VandenBerg both with four, and Riley Sweet, Katie Nicholas, and Briana Noordyk each with two. For the Tigers, sophomore, Nichole Whan, led with eight points, followed by Jill Arends (7), Kylee Wemple (5), Kirstyn Throop (4), Savannah Passage (4), and Kylie Patton (3).