Whitehall 35 Fremont 32
The Packers had dug themselves into a deep first quarter hole as the offense sputtered while the Vikings built an 11 point lead. The team regrouped and began to grind their way back into the game slowly closing ground on the WMC title contenders until Avery Curnett canned one from distance to tie the game with just 12 seconds left. It looked like overtime until Whitehall sharpshooter Kacy Jeffries answered Curnett’s triple with a three pointer of her own to close out the contest as time expired and send the Vikings home with a win.
Coach Krim: “Another close one that mirrored our game last night at Tri-County. We fought hard in both games but just couldn't get over the hump.
“Our defense really amped up the pressure and intensity in the the 2nd quarter and even though we only cut a little into the lead, the momentum carried into the 2nd half. Whitehall is also a good defensive team so we could never put a big run together.”
It was the third time in a row the Packers have lost by 4 points or less.
Calla Miller led a balanced scoring attack with 7 Curnett and Chloe Shriver finished with 6 and Paige Vandenberg dropped in 5 while leading the team on the glass with 11 boards.
Jeffries had a game high 11 for Whitehall.
White Cloud 36 Ravenna 17
The Cloud rolled to their 4th straight win overcoming an erratic shooting night with a defensive effort that silenced the Bulldog offense.
Hannah Brown hit for 16 points and dished out 5 dimes and Cassie Watson took down 6 boards and cored 5. Alexis Strai knocked down 9 points and pilfered 3 steals on defense
Newaygo 47 Grant 39
The Tigers were at home and holding a slim one point lead heading into the final frame but the Lions caught fire and outscored their hosts 15-6 to secure the win and put themselves in contention for a share of second in the Gold.
Coach Thomasma: "Really proud of the girls tonight. We fell behind in each of the first three quarters of the game and continued to fight back when we could have bagged it. It was a good win tonight on the road against a well coached team that plays good basketball."
Jaxi Long led the Lions hitting for 12 points,snaring 8 rebounds and dishing 4 assists while Jaylee Long fired in 10 points and Sophia Frisbie and Emmerson Goodin each notched 9.
Cece Male led the Tigers with 17 points.
Fremont 62 Orchard View 46
Led by Calvin Miller’s 14 first half points the Packers built a 40-424 lead by intermission and held back the Cardinals for their 16th consecutive win.
Coach Zerfas:” I thought our 10 man rotation really did a great job keeping us fresh late in the game. This is a big win on the road vs a very good and well coached team. Nick Bronsema has done a great job turning the orchard view program into a winner and this is a quality road win for us leading up to districts.”
Logan Karnemaat paced the scoring dropping in 17, Calvin Miller finished with 16 and Braiden McDonald fired in 15.
Noah Christensen hit for a half dozen points while Joshua Zerfas tallied 7 assists and Carter Moon added 5 assists 4 points and 3 steals for the streaking Packers.
Lakeview 64 Hesperia 46
The Panthers haven’t notched a win all year but they have impressed their coach with their grit and determination through a challenging season.
Coach Bolles: “It’s the best offensive game we’ve played all year. Logan Balkema had a great game for us scoring 24 points and hauling down 12 rebounds and Jacob Klemundt also played his usual all around solid game with 15 points, 4 assists and 5 steals.
Proud of my guys for fighting through the adversity of a winless season, while giving me all they’ve go.”
Fremont 73 Tri County 40
The Packers blew the game open early with a dominating 24-5 first quarter and a 28 point lead by intermission.
Logan Karnemaat canned a game high 22 points in only 10 minutes of playing time.
Tristan Campbell had a career high 12 points to go with his 8 rebounds, Julian Echavarria hit 8 and Noah Christensen scored 7. Joshua Zerfas dished 9 assists on the night.
Grant 58 Newaygo 48
.Seniors Connor VanderWilt and David Jaimes playing in their final home game helped the Tigers shake off that tough overtime loss last Friday to get back on track with a win over the Lions
Down 4 at half and tied at the end of the 3rd, the Tigers finally got the lead in the 4th quarter and made 10 of 11 free throws to close out the game.
“Grant executed down the stretch better than we did,” aid Lion Coach Joe Barrette.
The Tigers balanced scoring attack was led by Seth Schuitema with 14, followed by Carter Chase with 12 and Diesel Rose with 10. Brett Long and Connor VanderWilt added 9 apiece.
Connor Swinehart fired in a game high 32 points for the Lions and Ryan Brummel knocked down 11.
Ravenna 74 White Cloud 35
Steven Holt had 11 points and Chance Montemayor added 7 as the Indians fell to the Bulldogs.