Miller rifles in 30, McDonalds combine for 45
Tri County 51 Fremont 48
They’re getting there.
The Packers didn’t notch their first win of the season Friday night but they gave a good team all they could handle and the grit and drive put on display look to bring the team benefits down the road.
After a slow first quarter, both teams got the offenses rolling. Tri County held a 9-4 lead after one butin the second quarter Calla Miller got the Packers rolling by pouring in 13 points on three 3-pointers and a perfect 4-4 from the FT line. Fremont led 21-18 late in the half, but a TC triple knotted the score at 21 just before the buzzer.
The Vikings came out of the half still hot from long range, as Mary Siple hit two more threes in the quarter and the hosts held a 34-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The fourth saw more offense from both sides, as Miller scored another 13 in the quarter to keep the game neck and neck.
TC held on by hitting enough of their free throws down the stretch to hold onto the lead.
Miller ended up with 30 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists on the night for the Packers. Kennedy Christoffersen had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Tri County was led by Mary Siple's 19 points and Ashley Bialek had 11.
The win improves the Vikings' record to 3-1, while the Packers drop to 0-4. Fremont gets right back to it with three more games in the next four days, first traveling to Shelby for a Saturday matinee.
Coach Zerlaut -- "Obviously Calla had a great game offensively. That's what people notice, and deservedly so. However, it was truly a team effort tonight as many girls contributed on the defensive end, rebounded, and took care of the basketball."
"We shook off a horrible shooting performance from earlier in the week and played a very good game against another good team tonight. As soon as a couple more girls gain some confidence offensively and look to score the ball, wins will start coming."
Morley Stanwood 39 Hesperia 29
The Panthers hung tough with the ‘Hawks clutching a slim 16-15 lead at intermission.
Then MS got hot.
The hosts ran away in the 3rd busting out of the locker room with an 18-4 run. The Panthers regrouped and battled back but the deficit proved too much to overcome.
Coach Grodus: “We played well in the first half then had a bad third quarter. That proved to be the difference in the game.”
Emily Bayle came up big again for Hesperia dropping in 16 points to go with a half dozen boards and 4 steals.
Fremont 79 Tri-County 63
Coach Zerfas: “We continue to push the 'Next Man Up' mentality as we lost another starter to quarantine today during school. We have been 2 starters and 3 of our top 7 players down every game this season. Our players are responding well and improving each game though and different guys are stepping up each game. After being tied 17-17 after the first quarter we went into halftime down 32-28. We made a few adjustments on defense and how we attacked their zone on offense and it paid off. We led after 3 quarters 51-47 and scored 51 second half points. Braiden McDonald led us with 24 points, Sophomore Jordan McDonald had a breakout game with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks even though he played in foul trouble the whole night. Joshua Zerfas had an outstanding all-around game coming close to a quadruple double with 12 points, 8 steals, 7 assists and 7 rebounds. Lane Converse had 8 points and 5 steals and Logan Nelson gave us a huge boost with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Tri-County was led by Ty Merlington with 28 points.
Fremont (3-2, 3-1) hosts Shelby Saturday
Morley Stanwood 54 Hesperia 9
The Panthers have had their challenges when it comes to scoring and Friday night the woes continued as they failed to get into double figures and were swamped by their Silver rivals.
Coach Worcester: “Defensively we did well in the first half, holding them to 20 points. The offense did not show up tonight, We continue to struggle offensively. 9 pts total for a game is unacceptable.”
Hesperia (0-3, 0-5) will look to recalibrate the offense Monday when they head to Fruitport to face Calvary Christian.