FREMONT — A poor fourth quarter sent the Fremont girls basketball team to a 48-38 defeat to Howard City-Tri County on Friday night at home in the Central State Activities Association-Gold.

It extended the Packers losing streak to seven straight, but they kept it close for three periods on Senior Night.

The Packers jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but then struggled on offense the rest of the way.

Fremont finished the first quarter with an 11-4 lead, and then was outscored, 13-8 in the second period to shave its lead down to one point, 18-17 at the half.

Howard City kept it a one-point difference, 29-28 after three quarters as each team scored 13 in the period, but pulled away with a 20-9 fourth period.

“Our girls played with great effort tonight,” Fremont head coach Wes Zerlaut said. “Things looked good early. We jumped out quickly with some made shots and solid defense.

“Then it seemed there was a lid on the basket. We struggled to make shots, and began turning it over too much. The girls continued to play with great effort for 32 minutes, which I am proud of.

“We just didn’t score enough, and once we fell behind, TC did a great job of taking control of the tempo, forcing us to foul and made their free throws.”

Mia White and Haley Zerlaut each scored 10 points to lead the Packers.  Zerlaut added six assists and six steals. Kaitlyn Bennett contributed six points and hauled down 10 rebounds.

Tri County was led by Mary Siple who had a game-high 22 points and Ashley Johnson tossed in 12.

Fremont saw its record fall to 2-16 on the season and 2-10 in the conference. The Packers are next scheduled to see action on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at home against Chippewa Hills.