Youth is served in conference clash
By Ken DeLaat
Fremont 46 Newaygo 30
The Packers prevailed over the host Lions in a game that showcased some of the area's top young players.
Nearly 3 minutes into the game Chloe Shriver finally broke a scoreless tie with a pair from the charity stripe and was answered by a Lillian Ruehmeier bucket and free throw.
Calla Miller canned a couple from distance with Paige VandenBerg and Sydney Noordyk following and the quarter ended with the visitors up 12-5.
The Lions are a scrappy bunch and Madison Bush matched shots by Shriver and Anna Patenge. Jaylee Long sliced through a traffic jam for a layup and Alexis Brocker followed her own shot with a rebound and put back and the half ended with Fremont holding a 3 point edge.
Ruehmeier hit the first shot after intermission to make it a one point game but that was the closest Newaygo would get as Natalie Jamieson scored twice followed by a Sophie Frisbee answer and two more Packer baskets by VandenBerg and Jamieson. Brocker laced a spot on pass to Daisy Hagen for a score byt VandenBerg tallied twice more and the teams entered the final frame with Fremont in front 31-19
Patenge split from the line and hit for a pair then Miller put a cap on it with a three pointer that drove the lead to 18 and put the game out of reach.
Miller and Shriver tossed a blanket on Long and successfully contained her scoring while VandenBerg proved to be a tough assignment inside.
“Our defense was solid tonight,” said Packer Coach John Krim. “It was a continuation of our second half performance at Central Montcalm where we give up just 13 second half points.”
"We had a pretty good game defensively but the other side of the ball we struggled to put it in the hoop from field and from the line," said Lion Coach Nate Thomasma. "It's really hard to beat a solid Fremont team shooting 24%."
Miller led a balanced offense with 11 points with Shriver hitting for 9 VandenBerg 8,Patenge and Jamieson 7 and Noordyk 4.Patenge also grabbed 8 rebounds and rejected 5 Lion shots, Noordyk dished out 5 assists and Miller pilfered 4 steals.
Newaygo got 7 points from Long with Ruehmeier scoring 6, Frisbie 5, Bush and Hagen 4 and Brocker and Mya Berwald 2.Long also pulled down 8.
The game featured 3 starting freshman (Miller, Long, and Ruehmeier) and 4 starting sophomores (VandenBerg, Frisbie, Shriver and Jamieson).
Newaygo (5-13, 2-10) will go on the road Tuesday to face a surging Viking squad while Fremont (9-9, 5-7) travels to Grant