The Fremont girls basketball team had a tough night on Friday evening, falling flat against the Big Rapids Cardinals, 61-35.

The game was close and competitive for the first three minutes of action before the Cardinals took hold and began to set the pace for the night. Big Rapids led 15-6 after the first quarter.  

The Packers continued to struggle, only putting up six points to the Cardinals 20 to bring the halftime score to 35-12. Coming out of the first half, the Packers again only tallied single digit scoring in the third quarter to dig the hole even deeper and grow the deficit to 56-17.

Fremont showed some grit by outscoring the Cardinals 18-5 in the fourth, but it was too little, too late.

Fremont head coach Wes Zerlaut feels his squad has shown improvement as the season has progressed, but they needed to play at a higher level against the Cardinals.

“We were outplayed tonight,” Zerlaut said. “Big Rapids is a good team, but we didn’t match their effort, energy or intensity. I feel like we have made some positive strides in the past couple weeks in that regard, but we took a step backward tonight.”

Jessica Bennett led the way for Fremont with eight points and five steals.

Fremont falls to 2-11 and is 2-6 in the CSAA Gold. The Packers will travel to Whitehall to take on the Vikings for non-league play on Tuesday.