Girls: Shriver, Vandenberg Pace Pack; NM Nip PanthersTuesday
Boys: Packers Empty Bench; Devs Make in 4 in a Row
Fremont 53 Tri County 32
A 6 game Viking winning streak slammed to a halt in Fremont Tuesday as the Packer defense led by Chloe Shriver’s 5 steals choked off the TC scoring to stay deadlocked with Big Rapids atop the Gold standings with one game to play.
The Packers got off to a quick start jumping to a 17-8 lead after one but the gritty Vikings fought their way back and by the break they had pulled within a point at 21-20 canning a trio of triples in the process. The first few minutes of the third quarter remained close, but then the tide turned in the favor of the Packers as the defense created a sas of turnovers that led to Packer points.With a 12 point lead entering the final frame the Packers stretched their lead finishing with a 14-5 run.
Paige Vandenberg ruled the paint with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots and Shriver added 12 points to her most effective thievery.
Tri County was led by Alicia Bowen with 15 points and Ashley Bialek with 13.
The win improves the Packers overall record to 14-5, 12-1 in the conference.and they can secure at least a share of the title Friday when they face Chippewa Hills (0-13, 3-16) at home.
North Muskegon 44 Hesperia 42
The Norse edged the Panthers outscoring their visitors by 3 points in the 4th to capture the win.
Coach Grodus: “It was a close game the entire night. They scored a layup at the buzzer to win.”
Down by a point at the break the Panthers kept with NM pulling in front by a point heading into the 4th.
But the hosts were able to finish the seesaw battle on top and Hesperia dropped their third in a row.
Emily Bayle continues to pour in the Panther points as she hit for 23 while taking down 8 boards dishing out 6 assists and snaring 7 steals.
Emmi Tinkham provided glass support finishing with 7 rebounds.
Fremont 78 Tri-County 41
Coach Zerfas:” This one was not close from the beginning as we came out with great focus and energy. Everyone got lots of playing time in both halves of this game. Our starters only played 11 minutes in the game and a running clock(40 point lead) was instituted with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter(70-30).
We led 33-16 after the first and 57-25 at halftime. 11 Packers scored led by Braiden McDonald with 18, Martin Curiel with 14, Chris Kennedy with 12, Tristan Campbell with 11, Joshua Zerfas and Carter Moon both had 5, Jacob Visser had 2 and Lane Converse, Jaxx Miller and Adam Ward all had 2. We are 14-4 overall and 10-2 in the conference and play host to Chippewa Hills on Friday for Senior Night.”
Holton 59 Shelby 34
The Red Devils went on the road to Shelby and took home their 4th win in a row to match their longest winning streak of the season.
Coach Houseman:”It was a total team effort. Everyone got playing time. Nathan Slowik had a great game scoring 22 points, Aidan Poling had 19, Drew Trygstad had 9, Lukas Ramaekers had 5, Wyatt Monette had 3 and Anthony Crabtree had 2.”
Holton is now 12-6 overall will play Silver co-leader Kent City on the Eagle court Friday to wrap up conference play.