Tigers, Pack play it close again with different result
Grant 38 Fremont 34
The last time these two teams met fans witnessed a back and forth donnybrook requiring overtime to decide the outcome. When the final buzzer sounded the Packers had the win on the home court of Grant.
This time around the Tigers returned the favor, emerging on top in another close matchup and scrambling the race for second place in the Gold.
The Tigers seem to frequently find their way to the charity stripe where they rarely fail to convert and the 4th quarter saw them can 8 of their 10 attempts to ice the win, including a perfect 4-4 off the hands of Jayna Hance.
Grant Coach Paige Paulson:
“I thought it was a great game plan by both teams. We jumped out to an early 9 to 0 zero lead but Fremont stayed within themselves. We struggled to score from that point but also played some tough defense.”
The teams played to a 13-13 tie at intermission and battled back and forth with the Tigers holding off their hosts in the final frame.
“In the 4th quarter there was great execution by the girls,” added Coach Paulson. “We controlled the ball, made free throws, played defense, and rebounded. It was a well deserved win for the team.”
Nicole Whan dropped in a team high 14 for Grant including hitting 6-8 from the line while Calla Miller paced the Packer attack also knocking down 14. Paige Vandenberg fired in 10 for Fremont who fall to 8-4 (10-6 overall)in conference play. Grant moves to 7-4 (9-7) in the Gold.
With the Newaygo (6-5, 9-6) win over Tri County (8-4, 11-5) four team are now separated by one game in the loss column in the fight for second place. The top spot has already been claimed by one of the state’s premier teams, the undefeated Hornets of Central Montcalm.