Cold start dooms Packer girls
Fremont 80 Tri County 49
Braiden McDonald put on an explosive performance Friday night and that fuse got lit from the opening whistle.
After Ty Merlington opened the scoring for the Vikings McDonald went to work with 9 straight points in less than 2 minutes off 3 steals 4 drives to the basket and a free throw for good measure.
Things didn’t get much better for the visitors who were stymied by the Packer press and by the time Elijah Shears ripped in a triple the quarter came to an end with the hosts holding a firm 24 11 lead and seemingly in control.
In the second the Brothers Nelson caught the fire that was fueling McDonald. Blake lasered in a quartet of triples while John rifled in a pair. Merlington added one for good measure and their long distance dialing added up to the 21 TC stuck on the board before the half. The 13 point lead had shrunk to 4.
McDonald continued his scoring splurge after the break and Martin Curiel hit 2 from beyond the arc and the Packers stretched their lead to 14. The fourth saw Fremont pull away for their 9th win in a row.
Coach Zerfas: “We were able to get the ball to him (McDonald) in the middle of their zone all night. We had 2 out once again tonight, Jordan McDonald who had 21 points and 15 rebounds last time vs TC and Blake Hanshue. If we can continue to develop some wing shooters and get everyone back we have a shot to be very good.”
McDonald ended up cramming the stat sheet with 32 points, 8 boards, 5 steals and 5 assists. Martin Curiel knocked down 11 points and Joshua Zerfas dished out the dimes finishing with 11 assists to go with his 5 rebounds.
Fremont (10-2, 9-1) travels north to face Ludington Monday before hosting a huge matchup with Big Rapids at home Tuesday, a game that will decide who will sit atop the Gold going into the final stretch of the season.
Tri County 49 Fremont 34
The Packers were ice cold to start the game in a first quarter rife with missed opportunities and turnovers. The Vikings controlled the floor and would have held the hosts scoreless if not for a three pointer fired in by Jessica Bennett with less than 2 minutes left in the opening frame.
Things didn’t improve much in the second as the Pack was limited to buckets by Haley Zerlaut and Calla Miller and a pair of hits from the charity stripe by Jeanelle Scharphorn while Asley Bialek and Alicia Bowen kept filling it up for the Vikes. Fremont couldn’t score couldn’t get to the glass and got themselves in foul trouble early,
It was halfway through the third before Zerlaut’s triple and TC continued to pull away. In the 4th the Packers made a run scoring 9 unanswered points to begin the period but by then the Vikings had the game well in hand and took home the conference win.
Miller scored 11 to lead the Pack with Zerlaut hitting for 9 and Carly Zimmerman notching 5.
Bialek led all scorers with 19 points while Bowen and Mary Siple dropped a dozen apiece.