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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Rams 15-0 after victory over Huron (PHOTO AND VIDEO)

The Flat Rock girls’ basketball team stayed undefeated at the top of the Huron League with a 44-32 win over Huron on Thursday night.

Despite the win, the Rams struggled offensively in their lowest scoring game this season.

Flat Rock only had a 9-4 lead after the first eight minutes, but outscored the Chiefs 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 24-11 lead at the half.

“We were in scoring trouble ourselves, but holding them to 11, I was satisfied with that.” Flat Rock Coach Marc Villemure said. “I thought the defensive effort was good, I just thought we weren’t getting enough offensively.”

In an unusually slow start, it was only a 3-2 game halfway through the opening quarter.

Huron brought the game within four points with five minutes to go in the half but free throws gave the Rams an upper hand.

In the middle quarters, Flat Rock knocked in 12 free throws.

Morgan Kaiser went five-for-six in the second quarter, and the team went 16-for-22 on the night.

“That kind of kept us in there when we were having trouble scoring anywhere else,” Villemure said.

The Chiefs went 11-for-24 and the points ended up being the difference in the game.

“They made more free throws than we did,” Huron Coach Jim Kalbfleisch said. “That was the game.

“They went to the line and made them, and we went to the line and missed them. If you make those free throws, that’s the game.”

Both teams kept chipping away in the third quarter and the Chiefs kept pace, adding 14 points to the Rams’ 15.

Flat Rock did run in to foul trouble in the final quarter and free throws helped the Chiefs outscore the Rams 7-5, but the gap was too much to close.

Villemure was pleased with the win, but thought his team didn’t have a particularly good game and said his players did things uncharacteristically of what they normally do.

“We didn’t execute very well at all,” Villemure said.” “I thought we had too many turnovers (and) it seems like we couldn’t get a good flow.

“We had a couple good stretches where I thought we played well (but) we didn’t manage the game very well. I thought we had a good lead, but just made some poor decisions.”

Kalbfleisch said his team had planed to perform better than the last time the two met, and thought they did, but still struggled offensively.

“We played good defense,” he said. “We held them down, but we gotta make free throws and we’ve gotta do a better job of running our offense.

“We just couldn’t run our offense today.”

The Chiefs’ defense did give the Rams some trouble throughout the night.

“They kept switching defenses on us,” Villeumure said. “We talked about it in practice but the girls didn’t react well enough in each possession.

“They were standing around thinking too much rather than just playing. I think his switching defense all the time gave us some trouble and we had a hard time getting into the flow.”

Despite the low scoring game, the Rams did have a good night in the record book.

Paige Villemure led the team with 17 points, seven rebounds, five steals and five blocks.

She also finished the game with three three-pointers.

Haley Boyer finished with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, and added seven steals, and Kaiser contributed 10 points and six steals.

Lissa Kowalewski led Huron with her 13 points and six rebounds and Hailey Richardson finished with eight points and two rebounds.

Villemure was satisfied with his team’s ability to limit Richardson’s scoring opportunities.

“If we can get her under 10, we did a solid job,” Villemure said. “Kaiser did a nice ob on her when she was checking her most of the night. We just didn’t play Lissa very well on the block.”

Earlier in the week, the Rams handed Jefferson a 59-24 loss, and did not allow the Bears more than eight points in any quarter.

Flat Rock dominated in the middle quarters, outscoring their opponents 38-9, and only allowed one point in the third quarter.

Breanna Keethler led the Rams with 14 points and six rebounds. Kaiser recorded 13 points and seven steals, and Villemure finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

The Chiefs also had a strong night, defeating Milan 51-25, and did not allow more than ten points in a quarter.

Huron held the Big Reds to just two points in the third quarter and outscored their opponent 15-5 in the final eight minutes to help secure their vitory.

Savannah Floyd led with her double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. She also added two blocks and a steal.

Richardson finished with nine points, six rebounds and three steals.

The Chiefs will now prepare for a big week this week. They face St. Mary’s Catholic Central on Monday and host Airport on Thursday.

“We’re young,” Kalbfleisch said. “If we come to play, we’ll be okay.”

The Rams travel to Milan on Monday and host Riverview on Thursday with the hopes of adding two more wins to their undefeated season.

“Hopefully we can get it going,” Villemure said. “We’ve got two games next week we’ve got to be ready for and finish strong.

“We’ve got a lot to work on for sure to get ready for those two games.”

Last Updated: 2/1/2013 3:52:29 PM EST

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