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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Flat Rock dispatches Ida, advances to regional finals (PHOTO)

Flat Rock freshman Morgan Villemure, here against Huron in the district championship game last Friday, scored a team high 15 points – including three back-breaking three-point shots – as the 22-1 Rams beat Ida 49-32 to advance to Thursday night’s regional championship game at Livonia Ladywood High School. Photo by Larry Caruso.

Flat Rock girls’ basketball Coach Marc Villemure was a pretty potent scorer back in his high school days in Flat Rock uniform and Tuesday night in a Class B regional semifinal game against Ida, Villemure’s daughters – Paige and Morgan – did a great job of channeling the old man.

Freshman Morgan had 15 points and sophomore Paige had 13 to help lead the Huron League champion Rams to what turned out to be an easy 49-32 win over the Bluestreaks.

Not only did the Villemure girls lead the Rams in scoring, but they did it with a flare, hitting five three-point shots between them.

Paige opened the game by hitting a bomb and the Rams were off and running.

Ida, which looked slow and plodding in the face of Flat Rock’s pressure defense, did tie the game at 7-all midway through the first period, but the Villemure girls hit the gas and that was that.

Early in the second period Morgan flipped in a triple to give Flat Rock a 17-10 lead. One minute later she did it again and the Rams had a double-digit lead they would never lose.

Morgan had 11 of her 15 points – including nine on triples ¬– in the second period and the Rams outscored their Monroe Country rival 18-6 to grab a 30-14 halftime lead.

The scoring was pretty well even in the second half with Ida getting nine of its 21 points on free throws. In fact, it was freebees that kept the Bluestreaks anywhere close in this game as they were 13-for-24 from the foul line on the night. Flat Rock went to the line just 14 times, making six.

The closest the Bluestreaks got in the second half was 11 points early in the fourth quarter. But the Rams held them far enough at bay that they finished the last few minutes of the contests with all reserves on the floor.

Morgan Kaiser, whose non-stop motor powers Flat Rock on both offense and defense, finished the night with 10 points. Breanna Keethler and Haley Boyer each had four.

The victory kept alive a magical season for Flat Rock, which is now 22-1.

The Rams will play Thursday night for a regional championship against either host Livonia Ladywood or River Rouge.

Last Updated: 3/5/2013 9:58:21 PM EST

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