Round 1 Girls Districts
Monday, March 4 saw the first round of District play for Newaygo County teams. Fremont and Grant played Comstock Park and Coopersville respectively. Hart played against Hesperia while Tri County faced off against Alma.
Newaygo and White Cloud had first round byes and will see action on Wednesday, March 6 against Comstock Park and Hart.
Comstock Park 47 Fremont 34
The Packers struggled to score early while CP was nailing it from distance hitting 4 early triples and building a 15 point lead by intermission. Fremont steadied themselves after the break and used their press to fight their way back into the game, forcing Comstock Park to go 8 consecutive possessions before scoring. But once again the shooting went cold for Fremont and their fouling increased. The Panthers hit their free throws down the stretch to put the game away and end the season for the Packer girls.
Coach Krim: “ I was very proud of the way our girls battled back. We could have thrown in the towel at halftime but they fought like crazy to cut the lead to 5 with under 2:30 to play. Our bench kept the girls on the court positive with the belief we could come all the way back and our fans were great with their support.Torey Reichert-Slater, our only senior, played her best game of the season.”
Reichart-Slater, Paige Vandenberg and freshman Haley Zerlaut each hit for 7 points for the Pack while Natalie Jamieson was outstanding in the paint pulling down 10 boards and swatting away a trio of Panther shots.
The Panthers move on the face Newaygo at 5:30 Wednesday.
Coopersville 54 Grant 32
Coopersville and Grant went bucket for bucket to start the first quarter of the game on Monday. Three minutes into the game the score was tied at 6 with Grant's Cecelia Male having scored 4 of those points and Kylie Patton with the other 2. But Patton had also matched those points in fouls, resulting in her being forced to sit the bench, which drastically reduced Grant's ability to match Coopersville's size under the basket.
Fouls and unforced errors, along with Coopersville's strong defensive pressure led to the Broncos capitalizing and ending the first quarter with a 15-8 lead.
The second quarter was back and forth, with Coopersville taking a strong stance and asserting their offensive dominance. But the third quarter Grant fought back mightily. The Tigers were able to pull the score within 4 points and the home crowd roared their approval and support.
The fourth quarter, however, Coopersville pulled away without looking back, ending the Tigers' season.
Hart 54 Hesperia 36
The Panthers were down by just 5 at halftime but the Pirates came out of the locker room and fired in 18 third quarter points to pad their lead to 15 and hold off the hosts for the win.Hart was led by Nicole Rockwell who finished with 17 points while Jayd Hovey dropped in 15.
Hart moves on to face White Cloud Wednesday at 7pm.
Alma 49 Tri County 35
Photos from Grant vs Coopersville
Photos from Fremont vs Comstock Park