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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Rams beat rust, Marauders; Chiefs open with victory







There was about as much rust between the Flat Rock girls’ basketball team and the Carlson Marauders as you might expect on Monday night, following a full off-season layoff.

The game was littered with turnovers and fouls but it was the Rams who got hot in the second half and made enough plays to win. Flat Rock ended up routing the Marauders by a final score of 50-23.

The Rams came out of the first quarter with a 13-5 lead backed by some nice defensive plays and a couple of assists by junior small forward Paige Villemure. But it was Paige Blakeslee’s tough rebounding and nice touch at the free throw line (3-of-3 in the first half) that got Carlson back into the game in the second quarter.

Blakeslee led the Marauders with seven first half points and helped Carlson control the boards, which in turn helped them control the second quarter. Carlson scored 13 second half points to Flat Rock’s nine and outrebounded the Rams 14-7 to cut their lead down to five points by the half. The Rams took a 22-18 lead into the locker room.

Flat Rock Coach Marc Villemure said he expected his team to come out a little rusty in the opening game of the season.

“It was a typical start, first game of the year, “Villemure said. “We played well in spurts but also played sloppy in stretches. We played well defensively, I thought, but offensively we were really out of sync. Then we made some adjustments in the second half and got some good looks and the shots started to fall.”

After a strong first half, Villemure really caught fire in the second half. She propelled the Rams to a 15-5 run in the third quarter to put Flat Rock up 37-21 heading into the final frame.

Villemure then really broke the game open by hitting two three-pointers right out of the gate in the fourth. She scored 14 points in the second half and also swatted a couple shots away on the defensive end.

Flat Rock’s defense forced the Marauders to miss every field goal they attempted in the second half. All five of their second half points came at the free throw line.

Carlson Head Coach Phil Carlson said he thought his team put much more effort into the first half than they did into the second.

“I was not happy with the second half performance,” Carlson said. “I thought we came out and played really hard; we kept coming after them. But then once they scored a couple baskets in the third quarter we went a little helter-skelter and the effort wasn’t where I wanted it to be.”

Coach Carlson said his team failed to execute on offense repeatedly down the stretch and it showed.

The Marauders wound up winning the rebounding battle in the second half 11-8 to win the overall board war by a total of 25-15. But those numbers wouldn’t reflect the 50-23 final score.

Paige Villemure finished with 18 points for Flat Rock and junior Holli Rhodes wasn’t far behind her, netting 17 points and hitting four three-pointers.

Morgan Villemure led the way on the glass with five rebounds.

Blakeslee led the Marauders in scoring with her seven first half points. She also tied for the team-lead in boards and grabbed five rebounds in the game, as did Kristina Torres.

Flat Rock moved to 2-0 on the season with a 47-41 win over Flint Southwestern at the Tip Off Classic at Arbor Prep High School.

Marina Steffke played well for the Rams and finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Morgan Villemure led the way in scoring with 13 points and also brought down eight boards and Paige Villemure had 10 points and seven blocks.

Flat Rock took on Plymouth Educational Center last night and will travel to St. Mary Catholic Central on Friday.

Huron got its season started on Dec. 3 with a 46-29 victory over Monroe.

The Chiefs used a strong second half to get the victory and outscored their opponent 25-8 in the final quarters.

Huron took an 11-8 lead after the first quarter before Monroe came back and tied things up at 21-21 at the half.

Hailey Richardson led the way with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks.

Savannah Floyd and Carley Ames each finished the night with 11 points. Floyd also had eight rebounds and one steal and Ames finished with five rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

On Friday the Chiefs fell 55-39 to Dearborn.

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.

Savannah Floyd of the Chiefs combated Dearborn’s Isabelle Clark’s hot start in the third quarter, 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 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 the loss, Huron outrebounded the Pioneers 27-24.

Floyd led the team in both points and rebounds and Richardson added eight points and two-three pointers.

Huron is off until Friday when the team hosts Jefferson to open the league season.









Last Updated: 12/10/2013 1:28:30 PM EST

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