Packer boys hit the century mark while girls win defensive battle; Free throws edge Cloud girls; Panther girls win, boys fall short
Fremont 102 Tri-County 58
The Packers edged out to an 18-14 lead after one before pouring in 41 second quarter points to hit the break with a 59-35 advantage.
For most of the second half Coach Zerfas emptied the bench as 11 players contributed points to the win.
Chris Kennedy hit 5 triples and Braiden McDonald scored 14 points in the second quarter, including two thunderous dunks. Tristan Campbell also had a huge dunk as part of his 10 first half points. McDonald had another dunk off from an alley-oop pass from Joshua Zerfas to begin the third and the rout was on.
In the book for Fremont were Braiden McDonald with 25, Chris Kennedy with 18, Tristan Campbell with 14, Carter Moon with 10, Martin Curiel with 9, Adam Ward with 7, Jonny Rodriguez with 6, Jaxx Miller with 5, Joshua Zerfas with 3, Lane Converse with 3 and Parker Vandenberg with 2.
The Packers (6-0, 9-0) hold onto the top spot in the Gold and travel to Chippewa Hills (1-5, 1-6) on Friday to face the last place Warriors.
West Michigan Christian 54 Hesperia 14
Coach Worcester: Our guys played hard. WMC is one of the toughest teams we have faced this season and the one with the most class. Hats off to their program and coaches."
Hunter Gudyka led the Panthers with 6 points while Michael Tencate scored 14 for the Warriors.
Fremont 39 Tri County 23
In a defensive battle that saw both teams struggle to score, Fremont got the victory over the Tri County Vikings. Fremont led 10-3 after one quarter, 15-8 at the half, and 30-12 at the end of the third quarter. The Packers only shot 30% from the field on the night (17-57), but held Tri County to just 13% shooting for the game (6-48). Paige Vandenberg led the Packers with 15 points, with 8 other players scoring between one and five points apiece. Vandenberg also had 8 blocked shots. Natalie Jamieson collected 11 rebounds, and Calla Miller had 5 assists.
Ashley Bialek led the scoring for the Vikings with 9 points.
The Packers (6-0, 7-3) remain a game in front of Big Rapids for first place in the conference and will hit the road to Remus Friday to take on the Warriors of Chippewa Hills (0-6, 2-8).
Hart 32 White Cloud 27
Coach Brown:”The White Cloud Indians girls basketball team lost a very tough, physical game to Hart With the game tied 27-27 with 1 minute left, Hart made some crucial free throws and made plays down the stretch to secure the victory. The Indians were led by Olivia Bowman with 7 points, 8 rebounds. Alexis Straight chipped in 6 points. Carsyn Scarlavai added 6 points but more impressive was her defense on J Hovey holding her to 4 points. Cassie Watson led WC with 11 rebounds.Awesome effort ladies!
The Pirates (11-1) came to town as co-leaders of the WMC with just a pre Christmas loss to Shelby keeping them from a perfect mark.
White Cloud (2-2, 5-5) will return to conference play Friday when they host the Wildcats of Lakeview (1-3, 1-10)
Hesperia 54 Mason County Eastern 38
The Panthers edged to a 2 point lead after one then got their offense going with a 20 point second quarter to hit the break with a 28-19 lead. The second half saw them hold back the Cardinals with some strong defensive play to secure the non-con win.
Coach Grodus: “We played good defense, holding them to 18% from the floor. It was a good team win.”
Emily Bayle continues to fill the nets for the Panthers dropping in a cool 30 points while Emmi Tinkham snared a dozen boards and rejected 3 Cardinal shots in the process. Bayle also swiped 5 steals and Becci Castillo dished out a pair of assists in the win.
Hesperia (2-2,4-6) hosts Morley Stanwood (3-1, 8-1) on Friday.
Pentwater 48 Holton 39