REMUS — A 12-point halftime lead almost evaporated entirely in the second half for the Fremont girls basketball team in Tuesday night’s game against Remus-Chippewa Hills in the Central State Activities Association Gold.

But, the Packers were able to hang on for a 45-41 victory. The Warriors almost pulled it out when they made 6 of 16 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

“We did not play our best basketball tonight,” Packers coach Wes Zerlaut said. “But, we found a way to win. We shot poorly, and forced things on offense at times, which led to some poor turnovers.

“Credit to Chip Hills. I thought they played very hard tonight. We had chances to put the game away earlier with free throws, but didn’t.

“Our energy was not very good in the first quarter, but I thought we really turned that around in the second quarter, which ended up being the difference in the game.”

Fremont built a four-point lead, 10-6 at the end of the first quarter. But the Packers seemed poised to make it a runaway in the second period.

Six different players scored for the Packers in that second quarter, with Lily VandenBerg notching six points herself, spurring a 18-10 scoring advantage to open a 12-point lead, 28-16 after the first two periods.

Chippewa Hills came back, though, outscoring the Packers, 12-7 in the third period to cut Fremont’s lead to 35-28 heading into the fourth quarter. The Warriors outscored the Packers, 12-10 in the final eight minutes.

Fremont was led in scoring by Haley Zerlaut with 13 points and VandenBerg added 12.

The win improves Fremont’s record to 2-9 overall and 2-4 in the conference. Fremont hosts Reed City on Friday.