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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Paige Villemure makes presence known in win over SMCC

Paige Villemure won the opening tip-off and the Flat Rock Rams never really looked back as they cruised to a 51-40 victory over St. Mary Catholic Central on the opening night of Huron League play.

Villemure dominated the court all night long, finishing with a triple-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks and shot 85 percent from the floor.

“She really set the tone there for us,” Flat Rock Coach Mark Villemure said. “That was probably her career high.

“She had a great game. It’s hard for them to match up with her, and that was our goal; just try to get inside and run our offense through them.”

Villemure made her presence known early on, scoring the first basket of the night and finishing with 12 points in just the first quarter and put away 16 before the half.

The Rams took a commanding 11-0 lead and did not allow a goal from the Kestrels until just over halfway through the first quarter and led 17-9 after eight minutes.

Paige’s sister, Morgan made her presence known in the second quarter, scoring seven points including a triple.

Flat Rock continued adding on the baskets and took a 32-17 lead into the half.

The Kestrels turned things around in the second half, outscoring Flat Rock in each quarter, but the Rams’ lead was too much to overcome.

SMCC put the game within eight almost halfway through the third quarter but a triple from Marina Steffke put the Rams back up by 11 and cruised to the finish.

The fourth quarter was filled with free throw attempts from each team and SMCC out shot the Flat Rock 12-9 but the Rams got the win.

“I thought we came out and executed really well,” Villemure said about his team’s win.

“Our goal was to get the ball inside and establish the inside presence and I thought we did that with Paige.”

Villemure knew the second half was tougher but credited his team for working for the win.

“In the second half, we did a horrible job defending their guard,” he said. “and we really turned the corner and got us in foul trouble.

“I was very disappointed in that (but) we hung in there. I thought we made some good decisions and got some minutes for some people that we needed to get some minutes to.”

The Rams had a host of players contribute to the state sheet.

After Paige’s 25 points, Morgan was next on the list with 11 points and finished four-for-six from the foul line.

Steffke finished with five points and two rebounds, Paige Nemeth, Hollie Rhodes and Megan Peters each had two points on the night and Jennifer Hammar had one point.

Villemure was happy with getting the first league win of the season out of the way.

“Coming here is always a tough game,” he said. “They always play hard and they always play with a lot of intensity.

“It’s just a good win (and) I’m happy to get a win and get out of here.”

The Rams moved to 4-0 on the season and have outscored their opponents 205-112 so far and Villemure said the team’s hard work paid off in Friday’s win.

“We pride ourselves in defending people and keeping that number down,” he said. “I think our inside presence was kind of the different a little bit tonight.”

The Rams now take a week off and they will spend the time preparing for Jefferson next Friday.



Last Updated: 12/13/2013 11:20:16 PM EST

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