Lions & Packers Win Twice, Devs and Panthers Split, Cloud Drops 2, Tigers Win a Close One and Lose a Close One
By Ken DeLaat N3 Sports
Photos by Sue Harrison
Newaygo 77 Chippewa Hills 42
The Lions roared to a road win in the Gold opener for both schools scoring 55 second half points including 33 in the third.
Coach Barrette: "We had an excellent 3rd quarter where we used defense to lead to easy points and allowed us to pull away."
Ashton Stephens led the offense with 16 points but it was Wyatt Mortensen who sparked the post intermission barrage as he scored all of his 14 points in the 3rd.
Francisco Rios grabbed a half dozen steals and handed out 6 assists while adding 8 points to the Lion total.
Newaygo (1-1, 1-0) goes on the road again Tuesday when they travel to Holton to face the Red Devils.
Kent City 60 White Cloud 39
The Eagles flew past the Cloud in their Silver opener dropping the hosts to 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
Sam Venema led WC with 14 points while Steven Holt hit for 11 and Alex Elder added 8.
White Cloud will welcome in the Spartans of Mason County Central on Monday.
Fremont 83 Reed City 44
The Packers lost just one game during the regular season last year when they stumbled on the road in Reed City.
Not this year. Not by a long shot.
The visitors simply took charge early and never allowed the Coyotes into the game building a 42-6 lead at one point in the 2nd quarter and finishing the game with a running clock in the 4th.
Coach Zerfas: “ For the second straight game our starters did not play in the fourth quarter.” Braiden McDonald and Chris Kennedy both finished with 18 points while Tristan Campbell had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Carter Moon grabbed a game high 13 boards and added 5 points and Joshua Zerfas dished out 8 assists.
Martin Curiel had 10 points all in the 4th quarter.
The Pack are now 2-0 and 1-0 in the Gold and will host the Orioles of Ludington Monday before returning to the road with a trip to Montague on Tuesday.
Holton 64 Hesperia 25
The Devils took control early building a 20 point lead after one and doubling the advantage by halftime.
Coach Houseman: “It was a good team win and everyone got to play a lot of minutes.”
Holton will face Newaygo at home on Tuesday while Hesperia takes on the Pirates of Hart.
Central Montcalm 60 Grant 58
Newaygo 60 at Chippewa Hills 37
The Lions came out of the break on a mission and used a 20-6 3rd quarter run to pull away from the Warriors.
Coach Thomasma: "I thought after a slow start, we played a good second half tonight. The team hung in and were able to extend. the lead in the 3rd quarter."
Jaylee Long led the Lions with 18 points and 5 assists while Emmerson Goodin hit for 16 points to go with her 8 rebounds. Lily Ruehmeier had 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Newaygo improves to 2-1 on the season with a 1-0 conference mark. They play their home opener Tuesday when White Cloud comes to town.
Fremont 55 Reed City 40
Paige Vandenberg had a monster night canning 19 points snaring 8 boards and rejecting a quartet of Hornet shots as the Packers began their conference competition with a road win over the Coyotes.
Coach Zerlaut: “It was a hard played game by both teams. We struggled early to make shots, but pulled away with a 22 point second quarter.”
Haley Zerlaut tallied 10 points, with Calla Miller chipping in 9 and Natalie Jamieson 8. Miller also had 6 steals and 5 assists. Reed City was led by Taylor Harrison's 14 points.
The win brings the Packers' overall record to 2-2 and 1-0 in conference play. Fremont next plays at Ludington on Tuesday.
Kent City 43 White Cloud 26
Make no mistake, this is a good White Cloud team.
It’s likely they will win a good share of their games this season and the team has already shown they are a force to be reckoned with on the court.
But then there is the juggernaut known as the Eagles of Kent City.
Give the Cloud credit. They held the visitors in check the first quarter and kept the lead for most of the first half before a couple of late triples gave KC a slight edge at intermission.
Then, like they did at Grant earlier in the week, the Eagles came out of the locker room after the break, settled into their game and went on a 16-2 run to take control.
The KC defense was all press all the time and while WC was able to handle the pressure fairly well they went cold from the field and got few second chances on the offensive end.
Carsyn Scarlavaipaced the offense with 9 points Alexis Strait dropped in a half dozen and Olivia Bowman finished with 5.
Hesperia 39 Holton 28
Rachel Romero fired in 15 points also nabbing 5 steals and Becci Castillo canned 13 points while Emmi Tinkham grabbed 14 rebounds as the Panthers defeated Holton in a Silver matchup.
Coach Grodus: “We finished the last half of the 3rd quarter and all of the 4th quarter with 4 players. Romero and Castillo combined for 16 frees throws and 28 points. This was a really great team win.” Hesperia hosts Fruitport Calvary Christian Monday.
Grant 39 Central Montcalm 37
The Hornets were at home and had built a 12-4 first quarter lead but the Kassidy Doornbos dropped in a clutch 5 points in the second to send the Tigers to the break with a 19-18 lead.
The second half saw the lead seesaw but Grant put on a defensive stand late in the game to secure the win over the defending Gold champs.
Coach Paulsen: “The girls played a great game. We were under control and gave a solid defensive effort. Our two sophomores handled the pressure really well. and everyone played with poise and confidence. I am really proud of what I thought was a team win.
“We have talked about getting better each game and getting comfortable with each other. I wanted us to be better with out losing our defensive edge and we started to figure that out last night.”
Jaycee Rider finished with 10 points to lead the Tigers.
Grant hosts Sparta on Tuesday.