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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Dearborn's defense helps them surge past Huron (PHOTOS)

Savannah Floyd recorded six points and three rebounds in the third quarter of Friday's non-league game, but it was not enough to get Huron past Dearborn. Photo by Dave Chapman





The Dearborn girls’ basketball team played about as complete of a game as a team could play on Friday night and the end result was a 55-39 victory over Huron, their first win of the young season.



“We really executed our defensive game plan to perfection,” said Pioneers Head Coach John Cialone. “We got to their shooters, we did a good job of rebounding and I think the best part of our game tonight was that we didn’t turn the ball over.”



The Chiefs came out and got to the rim at will in the opening minutes. They grabbed six offensive rebounds but bailed Dearborn out by failing to convert on a number of shots in the paint. In turn, Dearborn came out of the first quarter with a narrow 15-13 lead.



In the second quarter, Dearborn’s defense really put the clamps on Huron as the Chiefs only managed three total second quarter baskets for six points. On the other end of the floor, Dearborn’s offense flowed smoothly. Five different players scored field goals in the second quarter for the Pioneers and their unselfishness on offense helped them take a 31-20 lead into halftime.



Isabelle Clark of the Pioneers came out red hot in the third quarter, knocking down three straight shots, including a three-pointer.



Savannah Floyd of the Chiefs combated Clark’s hot start by playing brilliantly in the paint, scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds in the third quarter. Floyd was a major bright spot for the Chiefs in the losing effort, and finished with 20 points and eight rebounds in the game.



Huron managed to intercept a couple errant Dearborn passes in the fourth quarter and turn them into buckets, but the closest they came to tying the game was eight points, when Dearborn led 45-37 late in the fourth. Six fourth quarter points by Dearborn senior Sarah Faraj sealed the win for the Pioneers, as they improved to 1-1 on the season with the win.



Huron Head Coach Jim Kalbfleisch said he was disappointed in his team’s effort.



“In athletics you gotta come to play every night and mentally, tonight, we just didn’t come to play,” Kalbfleisch said. “In our first game a lot of our threes fell. Tonight they didn’t. We’re usually a good perimeter team but those shots didn’t fall tonight.”



Despite losing the game the Chiefs outrebounded the Pioneers 27-24. Ford led the team in both points and rebounds. Hailey Richardson added eight points and two three-pointers for Huron, who fell to 1-1. They will take on Jefferson next Friday.

Faraj guided Dearborn with 14 points and five rebounds. Batoul Khanafer chipped in with 10 points.



The 1-1 Pioneers will head to Redford-Union on Monday for their first Western Wayne Athletic Conference League game. Coach Cialone said his team is really starting to come together and he hopes for good things in League play this season.



“We’ve been improving as a team and I’m even going back to last year because we only lost two players from last season,” Cialone said. “We started playing really well in the second half of last season and the girls are really starting to come together as a team so I hope tonight was a good building block heading into Redford-Union.”









Last Updated: 12/6/2013 10:00:39 PM EST

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