FREMONT — With the girls basketball district tournament next week, Fremont enjoyed its best offensive night of the season Wednesday, and needed just about all of them, too, to get past Chippewa Hills, 65-60 in a non-conference game at home.
It was a close game in the Central State Activities Association-Gold from start to finish. The Packers trailed, 15-12 after the first eight minutes. But, they outscored the Warriors, 18-13 in the second period to take a two-point edge, 30-28 at the half.
The Warriors came back to outscore the Packers, 17-11 in the third quarter and take a 45-41 edge going into the fourth quarter. Fremont almost didn’t make it back, but some key shots and free throws down the stretch made the difference.
“It wasn’t pretty, but the girls found a way to win,” said Packers coach Wes Zerlaut. “We really struggled defensively to stop Chippewa Hills.
“Credit to them for continuing to attack the basket and expose our defense. We committed 22 fouls to their 15, and they had a 35-12 advantage in free throw opportunities.
“Wins haven’t been plentiful for us this season, but I was really glad the girls found a way to get it done in the fourth quarter, and was happy for our seniors to walk off the floor for their final home game with a win.”
Khaila Noordyk scored 18 points to lead the Packers, all but four coming in the first half. She led in rebounds as well with nine. Haley Zerlaut scored 14 points, dished out nine assists and picked off six steals.
Mia White also finished in double figure with 13 points, while Jessica Bennett scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds.
Shelby Fall scored a game-high 19 points for the Warriors, while Madison Wrisley added 18 and Desiree Brown contributed 10.
Fremont moved its record to 3-16 overall and 3-10 in the conference. The Packers end the regular season Friday at Reed City.