Down The Stretch
It’s the halfway point in the conference season and the Packers sit atop the Gold in girls and boys while Kent City controls both houses of the Silver.
In girls play the Cards of BR are lingering a game behind Fremont and CM’s Hornets rest a game back of the Pack in boys. In the Silver both Morley teams hold second with each losing their lone conference game to the Eagles.
By The Way...
35 years ago the Lions won back to back state championships and Friday there will be a ceremony to honor the team that slapped those two banners up as they blasted through some rugged competition to bring home a pair of state titles.
Side note: The first year they defeated Pewamo Westphalia in the finals. The Pirates are likely pretty familiar to Newaygo Supe and Fowler grad Peg Mathis.
Chippewa Hills (0-7, 2-10) at Newaygo (3-3, 7-4)
The Warriors are having a dreadful season. They’ve lost 9 in a row and haven’t been close in any of them. The streak started with a 30 point loss to the Lions on the Warrior home court and the prospects of CH ending the streak in the Lion's Den are not rosy.
Newaygo has won 3 in a row and are honing their offense with an eye to the postseason. With a celebratory atmosphere in the home gym win number 4 will be the icing on the cake.
Reed City (2-4, 2-8) at Fremont (7-0, 8-4)
Their 6 game winning streak was brought to a halt by the D1 Red Hawks Tuesday but the Pack was in this one to the buzzer. The Coyotes are another struggling team but outside of a couple of blowouts they’ve hung in against most teams. Fremont hung a 15 point loss on them on the RC floor and with 4 rugged games ahead of them the Packers will look to take care of business early in this one.
Central Montcalm (4-3, 8-4) at Grant (3-4, 3-9)
The Hornets have righted the ship after a 3 game losing streak and they are eager to avenge their 2 point loss at home to the Tigers.
Grant has only won once since the calendar changed and that was over a CH team that everyone has triumphed over. The Tigers are at home but they are just 1-4 on their floor and will need to regenerate some offense to make it a season sweep over a surging CM team who still want a shot at a repeat title.
Kent City (5-0, 12-1) at White Cloud (3-2, 7-5)
During the first game between these two teams and the Cloud defense kept it close in the first half before the Eagles started raining triples to pull away.
WC has beaten some good teams but this is a really, really good team who are playing at home for just the 4th time this season and their only blemish on their record was a narrow loss to the D1 powerhouse Big Reds on the road. Not saying the Cloud couldn’t pull off an upset but it would certainly be an upset.
Holton (0-5, 2-9) at Hesperia (2-2, 5-6)
The Devs battled a pretty good Walkerville squad on Tuesday before falling short. The team is improving but so are the Panthers who have won 4 out of 5. Emily Bayle has been a scoring machine of late and Emmi Tinkham has been outstanding in the paint for Hesperia. Tuesday they won their first game at home and in this rivalry game they will look to give their fans number 2.
Chippewa Hills (1-6, 2-7) at Newaygo (2-4, 3-7)
The Lions pasted CH early in the season. Each team has won twice since then.
Newaygo possesses more offense and the Warriors tend to yield a lot of points.
Reed City (2-4, 2-9) at Fremont (7-0, 10-1)
Wow, didn’t see the loss to Whitehall coming but there were a couple of close calls at home against the Lions and Tigers before the Packer season long win streak got halted at 9. The Coyotes don’t have the same bite as those teams or the Vikes and Fremont vanquished them on the road by nearly 30 points with the bench getting ample playing time. RC has likely improved since then but probably not enough to keep this one close.
Central Montcalm (6-1, 7-2) at Grant (5-2, 5-6)
This should be a good one. The Hornets are on a roll with 4 in a row while the Tigers have won 4 of 5 with an average margin of over 25 points a game in those wins.
I’m not sure about the Hornets but the Tigers are a much better team than the one who lost an early season game by a bucket in Stanton.
And they have Carter Chase.
White Cloud (2-3, 4-6) at Kent City (5-0, 7-3)
Coach Jones was disappointed in the Cloud’s effort against the Warriors Tuesday “Out worked, out hustled.Just got out played.”
Well, the Eagles are better than CH and have beaten three pretty tough squads in a row. Should WC fail to put their best game on the floor in could ugly at the Aerie.
Holton (3-2, 7-4) at Hesperia (0-4, 0-11)
Hesperia will give it all they have but The Red Devils are a deeper team that has put together a strong season already. They have been known to put up more points in a quarter than the Panthers do in most games so this is likely a mismatch with the Holton bench getting some significant time on the floor.
Ken DeLaat, N3 Sports
GR Union 39 Fremont 35
Coach Zerlaut: “The Packers fell behind early in this one, trailing 10-0 before they scored on a Paige Vandenberg free throw. Calla Miller then hit a three before the end of the quarter to make it 12-4 after one. The second quarter was all Fremont, outscoring Union 11-0, to set the score at 15-12 at the half, with Fremont in the lead. Union hit three triples in the third quarter to outscore the Packers 17-11, and took a three point lead into the fourth quarter. The Packers didn't back down, but turnovers and missed shots in the paint prevented them from getting closer than 37-35 in the final minute of the game.”
Paige Vandenberg finished the game with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Packers, while Natalie Jamieson had 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Chloe Shriver also added 4 steals. The loss drops the Packers overall record to 8-4. They remain undefeated in conference play at 7-0, and host Reed City on Friday.
Newaygo 50 Muskegon Orchard View 15
Coach Thomasma:"All 12 girls came out and had good effort and energy tonight against an OV team that played hard the whole game."
Jaxi Long led the Lions with 16 points, 6 deflections and 3 steals. Emmerson Goodin had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. Jaylee Long had 8 points.
Hesperia 62 MCC 27
Coach Grodus: “We got off to a good start offensively, with Emmi Tinkham hitting 9 points in the first quarter. This was our 4th win in our last 5 games.”
Emily Bayle canned a game high 29 points while Tinkham pulled down 14 boards to go with her 13 points. Rachell Romero also hit for 13 while grabbing 5 steals and Beccii Castillo dished out 8 assists.
White Cloud 61 Chippewa Hills 32
Coach Brown: “The Lady Indians traveled to Chippewa Hills Tuesday night and imposed their defensive will to capture the win. White Cloud was led by Alexis Strait with 26 points, 6 steals, and 3 assists. Olivia Bowman added 9 points which included 3 from downtown. Layna Yeiter chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. It was a great team effort as White Cloud continues to shut teams down with their ferocious defense. Well done ladies!”
Walkerville 54 Holton 44
Whitehall 69 Fremont 66
Chip Hills 54 White Cloud 51
Coach Jones: “Out worked, out hustled. Just got out played tonight.”
Steve Holt knocked down 26 points and Sam Venema added 12.
Holton 47 Hart 39.
Aidan Poling hit for 12 points, Lukas Ramaekers scored 11 and Wyatt Monette added 9 in the Red Devil win.
Holton is now 7-4 overall and play at Hesperia Friday
All Non-Con games on the Tuesday schedule
By Ken DeLaat N3 Sports
White Cloud (6-5) at Chippewa Hills (2-9)
All 5 of the Cloud’s losses were against teams with a winning record including three that have a combined 31-3 on the year. The Warriors are amidst an 8 game losing streak and the closest they’ve been during that run was a 23 point loss to Evart.
It’s a long road to Remus but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t a pretty happy bus trip home.
Newaygo (6-4) at Orchard View (0-11)
The worst offensive output by the Lions this season was when they scored 37 points in a win over White Cloud the week before Christmas.
The Cardinals have yet to approach 30 and average just over 20.
The Lions should take care of this one early enough to give starters a lengthy rest.
Union (6-5) at Fremont (8-3)
No idea on this one. The D1 Red Hawks play in the OK Black Division a tough conference and have held their own.
The Packers take the floor with reckless abandon and seem to project a ‘can’t lose’ attitude.
Tough call but this one should give Packer fans the chance to see just how good their Packers can be.
Holton (2-8) at Walkerville (11-1)
The Devs are in a rebuilding year for their program while the Wildcats have been winning close games and not so close games as they have their sights on a West Michigan D League title.
It likely won’t be close but the RD girls will get a peek at where they want to be.
Muskegon Catholic Central (1-11) at Hesperia (4-6)
The Panthers have a chance to pick up their 4th win in 5 games as they face a struggling Crusader squad but they can’t afford to go to sleep here. My hunch is they will be ready.
Chippewa Hills (1-7) at White Cloud (4-5)
The Cloud can move to .500 with a win and this one is winnable. They’ve found some offense the past couple of games and they will need to keep it going. The Warriors won’t score a lot but WC can’t afford to hit a cold streak here.
Fremont (10-0) at Whitehall (3-6)
The 5th in a row for the Pack against teams with a losing record. The Vikes beat a good North Muskegon team and nearly took down a title contending Oakridge squad so they aren’t pushovers but unless the offense sputters Fremont should take home #11
Hesperia (0-10) at Muskegon Catholic Central (3-6)
The Panthers have issues with numbers and injuries but they will show up and they will give it all they can. The likelihood of them being able to keep up with the Crusaders on the scoreboard doesn’t look good but they have a coach who believes in them and as I said they will play to the buzzer regardless of the score.
A pair of Packers reached wrestling milestones recently as their victory total reached beyond double figures to hit the century mark.
Trey Breuker achieved win number 100 at the Hopkins Invitational on January 18th.
A week later Kyler Kolk collected his 100th at the Shelby Super Duals.
Both grapplers recorded pins in reaching the impressive win total.
The Newaygo/Reed City and Hesperia/Morley Stanwood games were postponed.
Fremont 67 Chippewa Hills 41
The Warriors went into a 4 corner stall to start the game but it didn’t matter much as Braiden McDonald got things started with a steal and a dunk and the Pack built a 24-8 lead by the end of the first quarter.
With a 52-13 advantage at intermission Coach Zerfas sat the starters the second half and the Packers kept their season record spotless while holding onto first place at the midway point of the conference season.
Martin Curiel knocked down 20 points to lead the visitors while Braiden McDonald finished with 17 .
Fremont (7-0, 10-0) heads for the lakeshore Tuesday to face the Vikings of Whitehall.
Grant 50 Big Rapids 33
January has been a good month for the Tigers.
Entering the New Year with a 1-5 mark Grant has won 4 out of 5 since the calendar changed and that loss was a nail-biter on the home floor of the league leaders.
Friday they did something they haven’t done in quite awhile-win on the Cardinal home court.
The Tigers edged out to a 15-13 lead after one and pushed their advantage to 9 points by the half. Keeping the defensive pressure on the Cards the visitors built a 43-28 lead entering the final frame and secured the win in the fourth.
Carter Chase led all scorers with 17 points and Seth Schuitema ripped in a dozen while Elliott Butchart hit for 9 and Brett Long added 7.
The Gold has become a 3 team race at the midway point of the conference schedule and the Tigers (5-2, 5-6) will face second place Central Montcalm next Friday looking to avenge an early season 2 point road loss to the Hornets.
White Cloud 57 Lakeview 46
The Cloud used a balance scoring attack to give them back to back wins for the first time this season and match their victory total from last year.
“It was a total team win tonight,” said Coach Jones.
Four WC players finished in double figures led by Alex Elder with 13 points and followed by Steven Holt (12), Sam Venema (11), and Jake Foster (10) White Cloud (2-3, 4-5) will look to make it 3 in a row Tuesday when they host the Warriors of Chip Hills.
Kent City 80 Holton 55
The Eagles held onto the top spot in the Silver taking a 41-28 lead at the break and continuing to fill the basket in the second half to run away from the Red Devils.
Aidan Poling hit for 14 points to lead a balanced scoring night for the Devs with Nathan Slowik dropping in 13, Drew Trygstad draining a dozen.Lukas Ramaekers added 9 and Wyatt Monette put up 7.
Eli Carlson and Max Hudson finished with 22 points each for KC.
The loss snaps a 4 game winning streak for Holton (3-2, 6-4) who will host the Pirates of Hart on Monday.
Fremont 56 Chippewa Hills 21
After a slow start offensively, the Packers hit some key shots to hold a 16-8 lead after one. They proceeded to blow it open in the second spinning off a 17-1 run to reach the break with a commanding 33-9 lead.
The visitors continued to roll in the second half, getting contributions from all 13 players.
Chloe Shriver led Fremont in scoring with an even dozen.Paige VandenbBerg pulled down 10 boards to go with her 9 points while Kaitlynn Bennett added 7 rebounds. Ten different players scored for the Packers in the game and the team went a perfect 13 of 13 at the free throw line on the night.
Fremont (7-0, 8-3) remains on top of the conference standing a game ahead of Big Rapids and will host the D1 GR Union Red Hawks on Tuesday.
Big Rapids 42 Grant 15
The Cardinals overwhelmed their visitors using full court pressure to jump off to a 17-4 lead after one.
The Tigers never recovered. By halftime it was 28-9 and the Cardinals cruised to the win that would keep them in second place one game behind the league leading Packers.
It was the 4th consecutive loss for the Grant (3-4, 3-9) all in conference play. They will try to regroup Friday when they host Central Montcalm.
Kent City 61 Holton 21
Coach Mason: “ We lost to a very talented Kent City team tonight. Hats off to a very talented very well coached team who showed great character and class with their win tonight.
“The Holton girls fought every second of the game, playing their hearts out until the final buzzer. I am very proud to be the coach of a team that kept fighting when their backs were against a wall.”
Madi Bassett led the Devs with 9 points. Kenzie Bowers hit for 17 to pace the Eagle attack.
The win keeps Kent City (5-0, 11-1) on top of the Silver.
Things don’t get any easier for the Red Devils (0-5, 2-8) who will visit Walkerville Tuesday to take on the 11-1 Wildcats.
White Cloud 65 Lakeview 22
Newaygo (2-4, 3-7) at Reed City (2-4, 2-7)
Both teams have a pair of conference wins.
Both teams have been inconsistent on offense.
Both teams are coming off disappointing losses after big wins.
This isn’t the Coyote teams of years past but Reed City is a tough place to play.
The Lions will want to jump out early and not play catchup.
Fremont (6-0, 9-0) at Chippewa Hills (1-5, 1-6)
Tri County’s only conference win was a 20 point pasting they put on the Warriors.
The Packers hung 102 on Tri County Tuesday.
Grant (4-2, 4-6)at Big Rapids (3-3, 4-4)
The Cardinal team that looked like contenders early on lost 4 out of 5 before beating up on the Warriors Tuesday including a hard to explain loss to the Yotes on the BR home court,
The Tigers are on a roll winning 3 of their last 4 and the loss to the conference front running Packers could have easily gone Grant’s way as well.
It won’t be a cakewalk and the Tigers will have to bring their ‘A’ game but this one could keep them in the hunt should the Packers stumble before their rematch in Grant a month from now.
Kent City (4-0, 5-3) at Holton (3-1, 6-3)
Whaddya got Red Devils?
Holton is having a good year and brings a 4 game win streak to this Silver matchup.
The Eagles took control of the conference by delivering MS their first loss of the season.
The Devs haven’t beaten anyone with a winning record but they have been in every game and had the ‘Hawks on the ropes for awhile before falling short earlier this year.
Possibly a season defining game for Holton and they can’t afford to fall behind early because KC knows how to finish.
Morley Stanwood (3-1, 7-1) at Hesperia (0-4, 0-10)
The ‘Hawks are stinging from the loss to the Eagles earlier in the week and they will likely empty the bench early against a rebuilding Panther squad.
Lakeview (1-3, 3-6) at White Cloud (1-3, 3-5)
Both teams have a conference win and both came against Hesperia.
Neither team scores a lot.
A winnable game for the Cloud who are coming off that double overtime non con victory on Monday but the Wildcats have won 3 of their last 4, and though none of those 3 came against teams with a winning record... WC doesn’t have a winning record.
Newaygo (3-3, 6-4) at Reed City (2-4, 2-7)
The Lions have begun to show some consistency on the court of late.
They are 0-4 against teams with a winning record and 6-0 over teams at or under .500.
As we have said Reed City is a tough place to play and the Coyotes 2 wins have come at home over CH and TC. Newaygo has the firepower to outshoot the Yotes and if they can nail down a few early triples it could be a good night for the Lions.
Fremont (6-0, 7-3) at Chippewa Hills. (0-6, 2-8)
The Warriors are averaging 27 points in their 7 game losing streak and rest at the bottom of the conference standings.
The Packers have won 5 in a row and 7 of 8 and are alone atop the Gold.
They’re fast, possess some defensive wizards, will likely control the glass and can take over a game early.
Grant (3-3, 3-8) at Big Rapids (5-1, 10-1)
The Cardinals haven’t had a team score 40 points on them since their opener and have won 10 of their 11 games including a 6-0 record at home.
The Tigers have dropped 3 in a row and have really struggled on offense the past 2 games.
Lakeview (1-3, 1-10) at White Cloud (2-2, 5-5)
The Cloud has dropped 2 tough games in a row and will look to get back to their winning ways when they host the Wildcats who rarely score over 20 points.
Kent City (4-0, 10-1) at Holton (0-4, 2-7)
The Eagles will be emptying the bench early.
Morley Stanwood (3-1, 8-1) at Hesperia (2-2, 4-6)
The Panthers have made some strides this season but they are facing a Morley team still stinging from the whipping the Eagles put on them earlier this week. Prior to that game the 'Hawks had piled up 8 wins in a row. Likely an uphill climb for the Panthers who are 0-4 at home.
Story and photos by Mike Gesler
Grant 64 Newaygo 44
On paper there is no reason why this year’s Grant Tiger’s team should lose to their rival the Newaygo Lions. But, on paper, there is no reason Grant should be a 3 – 6 team coming into tonight’s game. Yet, this is where Grant is, and this is a rivalry, and in rivalry games anything can happen. Newaygo, for their part, has shown that they can be a competitive force to be reckoned. Just ask Fremont.
“The Grant Newaygo game is a fun game to be a part of; a lot of history of course, rivalry game. We knew that they were going to be athletic, and physical, and fast,” shared Grant’s coach, Joe Schuitema.
So tonight had all the anticipation of an upset in the brewing.
On the night that Senior Carter Chase would celebrate his 1000 career points with the unveiling of a banner and presentation of a game ball, who more apropos to start Grant’s scoring efforts than Chase himself. Chase put two on the board followed by Elliot Butchart with two more. The Lions answered back with Noah Painter putting in two followed by a three from Ashton Stephens. This would be the only moment in the game that the Lions would have the lead as Grant’s Brett Long went on a one man scoring effort with the next seven points. Those seven points would also be the difference at the end of the first quarter with Grant leading Newaygo seventeen to ten.
The second quarter started much like the first. The Tigers added four more to their score with a pair of buckets from Diesel Rose and Seth Schuitema, only to be followed by a pair of buckets from the Lion’s Carlos Magana and Francisco Rios. This time, however, it would be Schuitema who would go on the one man scoring run with seven points, and then Chase would add four of his own before Newaygo finally stopped the hemorrhaging after a holding foul sent Wyatt Mortensen to the line. By the time the first half came to a close, Newaygo was down to Grant by twenty points.
If there is anything positive that Newaygo can take away from tonight’s game it would be their second half play. While they did not gain any ground on the Tigers, they didn’t give up any either. The third quarter would be the lowest scoring quarter with a combined twenty-three points. The two teams swapped baskets, and had it not been for Grant’s height and size down by the paint, Newaygo may have been able to make ground up. In fact, Grant seemed to dry up on first shot attempts during the second half. Most of their points were coming on second or even third attempts.
“Their bigs stayed down at the block, and out rebounded us. I bet we gave up twenty-five thirty offensive rebounds, and you just can’t beat a solid Grant team giving them that many second chances,” stated Lion’s coach, Joe Barrette.
In the end, those twenty first half points the Tigers went into the locker room with would prove to be the deciding factor as the second half was a twenty-seven to twenty-seven draw.
“We felt like we had an advantage inside with our length and height, and so we tried to expose that, tried to do that. We persisted at that, I think, the whole game. I felt that our guards handled the pressure pretty well so that helped us out too. I’m happy with a victory,” stated Coach Schuitema.
“Just out toughed tonight, and we got to make sure we fix that,” added Coach Barrette.
Leading in the Tiger’s win tonight was Seth Schuitema with twenty-two points. Brett Long shot thirteen points, Carter Chase had eleven, and Elliot Butchart put up ten. Diego Krepps, Orion Evans, Cole Lesley, and Diesel Rose each had two respectively. Grant will now head north to Big Rapids to face the Cardinals on Friday night.
Helping in the Lion’s efforts was Francisco Rios with twenty points, followed by Carlos Magana with nine and Ashton Stephens with six. Wyatt Mortensen added three points, and Noah Painter, Pascal Hermann, David Gonzalez-Tirado each with two. Newaygo will travel up to Reed City to take on the Coyotes this Friday.
Story and photos by Mike Gesler
Newaygo 41 Grant 27
If you are a fan of defensive basketball, last night’s game in Grant against rival Newaygo was just your kind of game. Both teams needed a win within the CSAA Gold Conference; The Newaygo Lions to stay relevant, and the Grant Tigers for outright ownership of third in the standings. But in order to do that, both teams had to shut down their rival’s offensive firepower. For Newaygo that meant not giving Throop any looks while at the same time limiting shots from Arends, Passage, Rider, and Doornbos. For Grant, they were tasked with defending against Frisbie and Goodin all while keeping the Long sisters to minimum points.
The first quarter started purely as a defensive battle with both teams limiting looks and getting a feel for their opponent’s game plan. Grant would be the first to draw blood as Jaycee Rider found the net for three. That started a tit-for-tat as both the Lions and the Tigers would simply trade swipes at each other ending the first in a ten point tie.
That same defensive tit-for-tat would continue into the second quarter. However, while Grant was able to shut down Newaygo’s inside game and only limit the Lions to one bucket on the inside, the Lions learned that left the outside vulnerable. Jaylee Long exploited that vulnerability twice which equalized any of the second quarter points that the Tigers put up giving Sophia Frisbie’s three and Lily Ruehmeier’s only two for the game enough to head into the locker room at half with a five point advantage.
Five points is not insurmountable to bounce back from, and the Tiger’s took the court to start the second half with hopes of squashing the Lion’s ability to find the bucket outside the arc. Much like the first half, defensively neither team was willing to concede. However, it would be Newaygo that would find the net first this half, and they did so with another three from Frisbie. Not to be out done, Grant’s Sara Arends swapped Frisbie’s three with her only points of the game. But then the chink in Grant’s amour opened up. An outside steal from Newaygo’s Emerson Goodin exposed a weakness in Grant’s offense. Even though Grant made up those two points off Goodin’s steal that exposer was enough, and thus began a thirteen point run for Newaygo which started with another three points from Jaylee Long and a subsequent steal from Jaxi Long. In the end, that run was too much for Grant to overcome. While they found themselves defensively again, Newaygo simply ran out the clock and took one from the Tigers.
“I thought it was a great battle, and certainly Newaygo came out and shot the ball really well; four or five threes I could imagine. When they played one-on-one, we really didn’t have an answer for it, and that’s credit for what they can do. I thought we gave moments of intensity and focus, and then a few lacks defensively kind of put it out of reach for us. Great job from Newaygo tonight,” stated Grant’s coach Paige Paulsen.
Newaygo’s coach, Nate Thomasma shared, “I’m happy with what we did. I thought Grant played hard. Paige does a good job getting those guys locked in defensively so he had a good game plan with Jaylee and Jaxi. We kind of did just enough to pull it out tonight so happy with a win.”
Leading in Newaygo’s win was Jaylee Long with sixteen points followed by Sophia Frisbie with ten. Emerson Goodin shot seven, Jaxi Long put up six, and Lily Ruehmeier added two. The Lions go on the road and will face the Reed City Coyotes in Reed City this Friday.
Leading in the Tiger’s efforts was Kirstyn Throop with ten points followed by Savannah Passage with seven. Sara Arends and Jaycee Rider each had three, and Kassidy Doornbos and Ashley Longcore each contributed two. Grant will travel to Big Rapids to face the Cardinals this Friday.
Packer boys hit the century mark while girls win defensive battle; Free throws edge Cloud girls; Panther girls win, boys fall short
Fremont 102 Tri-County 58
The Packers edged out to an 18-14 lead after one before pouring in 41 second quarter points to hit the break with a 59-35 advantage.
For most of the second half Coach Zerfas emptied the bench as 11 players contributed points to the win.
Chris Kennedy hit 5 triples and Braiden McDonald scored 14 points in the second quarter, including two thunderous dunks. Tristan Campbell also had a huge dunk as part of his 10 first half points. McDonald had another dunk off from an alley-oop pass from Joshua Zerfas to begin the third and the rout was on.
In the book for Fremont were Braiden McDonald with 25, Chris Kennedy with 18, Tristan Campbell with 14, Carter Moon with 10, Martin Curiel with 9, Adam Ward with 7, Jonny Rodriguez with 6, Jaxx Miller with 5, Joshua Zerfas with 3, Lane Converse with 3 and Parker Vandenberg with 2.
The Packers (6-0, 9-0) hold onto the top spot in the Gold and travel to Chippewa Hills (1-5, 1-6) on Friday to face the last place Warriors.
West Michigan Christian 54 Hesperia 14
Coach Worcester: Our guys played hard. WMC is one of the toughest teams we have faced this season and the one with the most class. Hats off to their program and coaches."
Hunter Gudyka led the Panthers with 6 points while Michael Tencate scored 14 for the Warriors.
Fremont 39 Tri County 23
In a defensive battle that saw both teams struggle to score, Fremont got the victory over the Tri County Vikings. Fremont led 10-3 after one quarter, 15-8 at the half, and 30-12 at the end of the third quarter. The Packers only shot 30% from the field on the night (17-57), but held Tri County to just 13% shooting for the game (6-48). Paige Vandenberg led the Packers with 15 points, with 8 other players scoring between one and five points apiece. Vandenberg also had 8 blocked shots. Natalie Jamieson collected 11 rebounds, and Calla Miller had 5 assists.
Ashley Bialek led the scoring for the Vikings with 9 points.
The Packers (6-0, 7-3) remain a game in front of Big Rapids for first place in the conference and will hit the road to Remus Friday to take on the Warriors of Chippewa Hills (0-6, 2-8).
Hart 32 White Cloud 27
Coach Brown:”The White Cloud Indians girls basketball team lost a very tough, physical game to Hart With the game tied 27-27 with 1 minute left, Hart made some crucial free throws and made plays down the stretch to secure the victory. The Indians were led by Olivia Bowman with 7 points, 8 rebounds. Alexis Straight chipped in 6 points. Carsyn Scarlavai added 6 points but more impressive was her defense on J Hovey holding her to 4 points. Cassie Watson led WC with 11 rebounds.Awesome effort ladies!
The Pirates (11-1) came to town as co-leaders of the WMC with just a pre Christmas loss to Shelby keeping them from a perfect mark.
White Cloud (2-2, 5-5) will return to conference play Friday when they host the Wildcats of Lakeview (1-3, 1-10)
Hesperia 54 Mason County Eastern 38
The Panthers edged to a 2 point lead after one then got their offense going with a 20 point second quarter to hit the break with a 28-19 lead. The second half saw them hold back the Cardinals with some strong defensive play to secure the non-con win.
Coach Grodus: “We played good defense, holding them to 18% from the floor. It was a good team win.”
Emily Bayle continues to fill the nets for the Panthers dropping in a cool 30 points while Emmi Tinkham snared a dozen boards and rejected 3 Cardinal shots in the process. Bayle also swiped 5 steals and Becci Castillo dished out a pair of assists in the win.
Hesperia (2-2,4-6) hosts Morley Stanwood (3-1, 8-1) on Friday.
Pentwater 48 Holton 39
White Cloud 69 Vestaburg 62 (2OT)
The Cloud trailed early on after a slow start but came back to knot it up 26 all at the break. The teams battled to a draw at the end of regulation and stayed tied after one overtime before the hosts pulled away in the second extra period to secure the win.
Jacob Foster had a huge night dropping a season high 29 points on the Wolverines. Sam Venema and Alex Elder hit for 10 points apiece with Steven Holt, Dexter Cox Taylor Bode and Tom Feldpausch contributing on both ends of the court.
Pentwater 64 Hesperia 27
Coach Worcester: “Our guys played hard with injuries. Opportunities to score are there but offensively we still have to improve on finishing at the basket. However, the fundamentals have improved tremendously from that of the beginning of the season. I expect we will continue to get better and compete the rest of the season.”
AJ Perysian led the Panthers with a dozen points and Logan Balkema also reached double figures hitting for 10.