Local Sports Journal

First-half turnovers put the Fremont Packers in a hole they could never climb out of on Tuesday night.

The host Coopersville Broncos captured a 49-41 nonleague victory.

Fremont girls basketball coach Bill Karnemaat

Coach Bill Karnemaat’s team had 18 turnovers in a first half in which they fell behind 27-16. The Packers did battle back to within a point in the second half, but could never gain the lead.

“In the first half, we struggled with their half-court press,” Karnemaat said. “Those 18 turnovers and 2-for-6 at the line put us in a hole.”

Fremont had seven turnovers in the second half.

“We got to within a point, but we couldn’t get a free throw to drop or a shot to drop,” Karnemaat said.  “We ran out of time.”

Marissa Spikerman led Fremont with 12 points and five steals. Makayla McDonald added 10 points and five assists. Kaylee Linske scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds and Katie DeKryger had six points and seven rebounds.