Fremont 71 Whitehall 54
The Vikings are putting together another strong season and are in a dogfight with North Muskegon for the WMC title. Their only loss coming into Tuesday’s noncon game with the Packers was to the Norsemen a couple of weeks ago.
Make that 2.
Fremont took an early lead going up 16-11 after one and held off the Whitehall squad to run their winning streak to 6 in a row.
Coach Pete Zerfas was happy with what he saw from his team-particularly the bench.
“ It was our best shooting night of the year and we had our lowest turnover rate of the year. I thought with 3:30 to play in the third quarter when we had 4 starters on the bench with 3 fouls, our bench players Carter Moon, Jaxx Miller, Bailey Baddis and Micah Whittle along with starter Ben Schmidt ran a great motion offense, wearing down Whitehall while preserving and then extending our lead to 9 with a Bailey Baddis 3 point shot and Micah Whittle’s 2 free throws.”
Logan Karnemaat paced the scoring with 17 and Packer sharpshooter Bailey Baddis scorched the nets 5 times from downtown for 15 points.
Calvin Miller knocked down 14, Wyatt Kaastra hit for 9 and Riley Krim pulled down 10 boards to go with his 8 points.
Fremont (8-2, 6-1) will be on the road to Remus Friday to face the Warriors Of Chippewa Hills.
Morley Stanwood 60 Newaygo 46
Lion Coach Joe Barrette did not mince words when describing Tuesdays loss to the Mohawks.
"Morley outplayed us in every phase of the game, effort being the most important."
The Lions were down just 16-14 after one before the ‘Hawks pushed their lead to 8 by half.
After intermission the hosts pulled away and by the time the teams were entering the final frame MS had the game in hand with a 20 point advantage.
Connor Swinehart tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Lions who have now lost 4 out of 5.
Newaygo (5-5, 3-4) returns to conference play Friday when they host Reed City.
Chippewa Hills 49 White Cloud 43
The Indians dropped their 10th in a row.
White Cloud 43 Chippewa Hills 34
The Cloud shook off an emotional overtime loss last Friday and took home a road win with some dominant play in the paint.
“The combination of Hallie Schulz, Elexis Plotts, and Layna Yeiter controlled the boards limiting Chippewa Hills to only 2 offensive rebounds,” said Indian Head Coach Kurt Brown.
Once again Hannah Brown paced the offense firing in 20 points and handing out a quartet of assists. Alexis Strait ripped the nets for an even dozen and also dished off 4 to her teammates. Strait and Brown proved to be thorns in the side of the Warrior guards picking off 4 steals apiece in the Indian victory.
White Cloud (8-5, 3-2) begins the second half of the conference season Friday when they head east again this time to face the Wildcats of Lakeview.
Morley Stanwood 56 Newaygo 45
Newaygo took a 10-9 lead after the first but the Mohawk offense caught fire and halftime arrived with the visitors holding a 26-21 edge.The Lions kept pace after the break and entered the 4th down just 6 but the Mohawk players hit their free throws down the stretch and kept their hosts at bay for the win.
Coach Nate Thomasma: "We just came up on the short end again in a tight game. We had our opportunities to win the game but just didn't make it happen. Credit it Morley. They were 22-28 from the line and they collected key rebounds."
Jaylee Long continues to have a hot hand as she canned 9 of 10 from the line as part of her team high 19 points.Madi Bush pulled down 7 boards to go with her 5 points, Sophie Frisbie hit for 8 and Alexis Brocker scored a half dozen, dished out 3 assists and snared 7 steals.
"Nothing changes with these girls,” added Coach Thomasma. “They'll be ready to play hard and together for the next game on Friday.
“They’re a fun group to coach "
Newaygo (2-9 ,1-6) Hosts Reed City on Friday