G-Shriver starts the Packer engine, Lions struggle in 3rd, Doornbos helps Tigers go 3-0 in Gold, Bayle cans 22 in Hespo win, Cloud breezes past Devs.
B-Pack wins again as Moon & Campbell dominate inside, Lions go cold in 3rd. Coach less than thrilled in RD win,Tigers win big, Panthers lose big.
Morley Stanwood and Kent City are scheduled for Saturday night but weather looms over a possible cancellation.
Fremont 51 Central Montcalm 44
Chloe Shriver opened the game with a bucket and added a free throw giving the Packers a 3-0 lead.
The Hornets then took charge canning the next 13 points and building a 10 point lead before Shriver scored again just before the period ended at 13-5 in favor of CM.
Shriver scored the first points of the second and Maddie Wagner hit for the visitors before Calla Miller scored off a steal From there until the break the teams exchanged points as the Packers aced it at the charity stripe with Shriver, Kaitlynn Bennett, Natalie Jamieson and Miller converting 8 of 8 to keep the Pack within 5 at intermission.
Fremont came out hot after the break with Shriver and Paige VandenBerg hitting shots to get the hosts within a point but London Eldridge and Bailey Vissman scored and stretched the lead back to 5.Jamieson Miller and VandenBerg answered giving the Packers the lead and the teams seesawed back and forth with the Hornets clinging to a one point advantage going into the final frame.
In the fourth the teams battled for the lead and after Miller canned one for a 3 point lead Vissman found the nets from long range to tie the game with 4 minutes left. Jamieson then came up big snaring a steal and finishing with a basket while being fouled. She converted to push the lead back to 3.
On the next possession for CM VandenBerg came up with a huge rejection on a Hornet shot and took a Miller pass on the other end to push the lead back to 5. Eldridge answered then Miller and Eldridge exchanged buckets before Shriver split 2 from the line.
With the Packers up 48-44 the Hornets pushed the ball inside but Jamieson came up with a big steal then got the ball to Haley Zerlaut who was fouled.
Stepping to the line she cooly canned both to put the game out of reach and notch another come from behind win for Fremont.
Shriver led the Packers with 14 points, while also playing great defense. Miller had 12 points and 6 steals Jamieson hit for 10 points, and grabbed 4 steals, and Vandenberg finished with 9 points.
Eldridge led Central Montcalm with 12 points, and Vissman scored 11.
The win improved Fremont's overall record to 4-3 and 3-0 in conference play. The Packers continue conference play at home on Tuesday against Newaygo.
Big Rapids 45 Newaygo 39
The Cards outscored the Lions by 6 points in the third and held off their visitors to grab the conference win.
Emmerson Goodin had 10 points to go with 9 rebounds, Jaxi Long hit for 11 points and Sophia Frisbie finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
Coach Thomasma:"Big Rapids played a good game tonight and made some key plays down the stretch. All the credit to them.”
Newaygo (1-2, 4-3) will visit Fremont on Tuesday.
Grant 54 Chip Hills 27
The Grant Tigers were back in conference action tonight, traveling up to Chippewa Hills. The Tigers were in control from the start, jumping out to a 17 to 4 lead after 1 quarter of play. Grant would continue to keep distance from the Warriors over the course of the next 3 quarters to earn their 3rd conference win.
Kassidy Doornbos led the Tigers with 13 points.
Grant (3-0, 3-5) heads to Tri County Tuesday to take on the Vikings.
Coach Paulsen:"We played a great team game where everyone scored and played hard. It was a great win to start up the conference season after the new year."
Hesperia 46 Lakeview 20
Emily Bayle knocked down 22 points while dominating the glass with 14 boards and snaring 8 steals as the Panthers built a 28-10 lead by intermission and kept the ‘Cats at bay in the second half to secure the win.
Emmi Tinkham also reached double figures dropping in 10 for the visitors and Becci Castillo dished out 4 assists.
Coach Grodus: “This was a great team effort both offensively and defensively. Our defense played well with 18 steals.”
Hesperia (2-1, 2-5) will travel to Pentwater Monday to take on the Falcons.
White Cloud 59 Holton 21
Reed City 61 Tri County 60
Fremont 78 Central Montcalm 64
The Packers showed no signs of rust despite a 3 week layoff as they thundered to an 8-0 lead in the first minute and a half, then held off a number of Hornet runs to remain undefeated.
Tristan Campbell opened the scoring followed rapidly by buckets from Carter Moon, Braiden McDonald and another by Campbell. Asher Vissman put CM on the board with a triple and Micah Johnson followed with a 2 to cut the early lead to 3 before Christian Kennedy and Moon scored to push it back to 7.
Moon tripled and hit a 2 pointer followed by a Campbell three and another bucket by Moon. CM got buckets from Evan Shaffer and Gunner Hill but McDonald hit for two and Jacob Visser canned one from distance and the firstended with Fremont holding a 27-13 lead.
The Packers pushed the lead to 18 midway through the second and it took an 11-2 run by the Hornets to keep them in striking distance as the half ended with the home team up 43-34.
After the break Hill split a pair at the line to get CM within 8 but it was the closest they would get the rest of the night . Although they made a couple of runs in the 4th the Packers came up bi when they needed to including a thunderous slam dunk by McDonald off a steal.
“It took a total team effort in the win to beat a very talented and deep Central Montcalm team,”said Coach Zerfas.
Moon led the team with 19 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and Campbell was a monster on the glass finishing with 15 boards and a matching 15 points. Kennedy finished with 16 points and 5 steals and Joshua Zerfas was all over the court collecting 6 assists 6 rebounds and 8 points. McDonald added 13 points to the cause.
The Hornets were led by Trey Chapin who hit for a game high 21 points with Shaffer hitting for 17 and Hill adding 11.
Fremont (3-0, 6-0) hosts Newaygo Tuesday.
Holton 56 White Cloud 30
Coach Houseman: “We didn’t play very well tonight. I am always thankful for the win, but I am trying to challenge our kids to develop the mindset that we are competing against ourselves. Each day we step on the floor, we are trying to execute to perfection. Obviously perfection is unattainable in basketball, but the closer we get to it, the better we are as a team. We need to focus on what we do, not who our opponent is. Each player and coach does their job to the best of their ability and we can’t lose. We need to Win the Day everyday!”
Nathan Slowik led the Red Devils in scoring with 21 points, Lukas Ramaekers hit for 17 and Aidan Poling added 9.
Big Rapids 52 Newaygo 41
The Lions held tough on the road against the Cardinals trailing by just a point at the break but the hosts took charge in the third building a 7 point lead the visitors could not overcome.
Coach Barrette: “We played hard, but could not find the bottom of the basket tonight. We were outscored by 11 from the free throw line.”
Wyatt Mortenson led the Lions with 10 points, Ashton Stephens hit for 9 and Dave Gonzalez finished with 7.
Newaygo (1-1, 2-4) travels to Fremont Tuesday to face the Packers.
Grant 69 Chippewa Hills 32
Lakeview 45 Hesperia 23
Reed City 75 Tri County 61