Pack gets #2; Lions return the roar; An emotional night in Hespo; Tigers get stung; Eagles ‘Mag 7’ fly past Cloud
WC/KC photos by Sue Harrison
Fremont 52, Reed City 44
The Packers traveled to Reed City Friday night for a CSAA Gold matchup and cae away with their second win in a row. The Coyotes came out shooting the ball well, making two three pointers and going 5-10 from the free throw line in the first quarter to take a 13-11 lead after one. The Packers gave up three more triples in the second but scored 11 points of their own to knot the score at 22 at halftime.
In the second half Fremont turned up the defensive pressure to outscore Reed City 14-7 in the third quarter. The fourth turned out to feature a steady stream of trips to the charity stripe with both teams in the double bonus early on. The Packers went 12-22 and the Coyotes went 11-16 on free throws in that quarter alone giving Fremont a 16-15 point advantage and the win.
There were 70 free throws shot between the two teams for the game.
Coach Zerlaut -- "Credit to Reed City. They have been struggling to score points but they shot the ball better tonight and played very hard. They are a young team that is going to improve at a fast rate.
Haley Zerlaut stepped up big time canning 19 points and snaring 6 steals. Kaitlynn Bennett had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Calla Miller helped bring it home draining 10 of her 11 points in the final quarter.
Reed City was led by Demi Lodholtz's 17 points.
The win moves the Packers to 2-6, 2-5 in the conference. They play next at home on Monday vs. Grant, as they look to improve in the second half of the league schedule.
Hesperia 63 Holton 30
The Panthers took command early building an 18-3 lead after one and pushing their advantage to 20 points by the half. The Devs got some traction in the second half but by then the game was well in hand.
Coach Grodus: “An emotional win for Hesperia. Both teams wore pink shirts in honor of Rosa Johnson, who recently died of cancer. Rosa is the aunt of Hesperia player, Adriana Slater. Great sportsmanship on the part of both teams!
Emily Bayle had another huge night ripping down 16 boards to go with her game high 25 points.
Rachel Romero continues to come on strong for Hesperia firing in 14 points and Emmi Tinkham dished out 4 assists.
Hesperia (1-3, 2-3) ventures into Kent City Monday to face
Newaygo 65 Chippewa Hills 28
The Lions shook off their first defeat of the season coming back with a roar via a dominant conference win over CH.
Anna Brummel fired in a game high 19 points to lead the Lion attack while snatring 4 boards and delivering 3 assists while Emmerson Goodin ruled the glass with 14 rebounds to match her 14 points. Jaylee Long dished out a 6 pack of dimes and added 9 points. .
Coach Thomasma;"Started slowly tonight but really turned up the intensity in the second half. Kayla Fisk had a great third quarter on defense. I also thought our three bench players came in and provided a spark with their energy, defense and scoring."
Newaygo improves to 7-1 (6-0 in conference) while Chippewa Hills drops to 0-7 (0-6).
Kent City 54 White Cloud 14
The undefeated ‘Magnificent 7’’ who account for the entire Eagle squad have averaged a win margin of 50 points thus far this season. On Friday they continued to assert their command of the Silver division by blasting the visitors from White Cloud.
A 13-0 first period set the stage for a game that put on display one of the premier teams in the region.
Kenzie Bowers led the Eagles offense dropping inv14, followed closely by Lexie Bowers who hit for 13 .Jenna Harrison picked up 5 assists to go with her 5 points.
Kent City (8-0,4-0) was to play Covenant Christaian Saturday on the Charger home court.
White Cloud (4-3, 3-2) will visit Walkerville on Monday..
CM 48 Grant 31
The Gold might be led by the Cards and Lions but the Hornets are buzzing around as they picked up their 4th win in a row over the visiting Tigers and are lurking behind the two top teams anticipating rematches with both.
Emily Putnampaced the CM offense with 14 points while Courtney Guelzo and Brielle Collins hit for 9 each.
Grant (2-6, 2-4) will look to snap their 4 game skid Saturday when they visit winless Chippewa Hills.