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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Flat Rock squeaks past Huron

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The Huron Chiefs girls’ basketball team played a dynamic second quarter, fended Flat Rock off in the third, but just couldn’t quite seal the deal in the fourth.

The Rams improved to 9-2 on Wednesday night, beating Huron in comeback fashion by a final score of 37-35.

It looked as if Flat Rock would breeze past Huron early on when they kicked the game off by going on an 11-0 run. But those 11 points would be all they would muster in the first quarter, and soon found themselves trailing midway through the second.

Huron’s Savannah Floyd was the major reason for the comeback. She had her way with Flat Rock’s interior defense, throwing her weight around to the tune of nine second-quarter points.

“When Savannah decides she’s going to play hard there’s nobody inside that can stop her,” said Chiefs Coach Jim Kalbfleisch. “She’s solid. She’s probably the best post player in the league when she wants to be.”

Huron outplayed and also out rebounded Flat Rock 16-12 in the first half and as a result, they found themselves up by a slim margin, 20-18, heading into halftime.

Flat Rock came out of the break and seemed to continue to lack the kind of confidence they had in the game’s opening minutes. Rams Coach Marc Villemure said his team’s youth attributed to that.

“We have a young, emotional team,” Villemure said. “When the girls hit shots they seem to get up. And for awhile there they weren’t making anything and they just got really depressed. They started standing around on defense and then when we finally started hitting some shots it was uplifting.”

Trailing 28-24 going into the third, Morgan Villemure took the initiative to wake her team up when she hit two buckets from down low on back-to-back possessions to tie the game.

Tied up again at 31 a little later on, Holli Rhodes hit a huge three-pointer for Flat Rock to give her team a three-point lead.

Huron would battle back, but down by one point with under a minute to go, they had no choice but to foul to try to regain possession and take the lead.

Fresh out of a timeout, down by two, and with under ten seconds remaining, Hailey Richardson of Huron caught the ball at the three-point arch but was guarded heavily upon the catch and threw up a wild shot in panic. Luckily for her, the ball bounced off a Flat Rock player and out of bounds with 1.9 seconds remaining.

Richardson got another chance down low, catching the entry pass right below the basket with a clean look, but her shot was just a tad too hard. The ball bounced in and out and Flat Rock escaped with the 37-35 win.

Coach Villemure credited Huron’s game plan and said the outcome could’ve gone either way.

“We were very fortunate to get away with a win here,” he said. “I thought Huron executed their man offense brilliantly against what we were trying to do. And it really just came right down to the end there, with their player missing that bunny. We just didn’t play that well.”

Morgan Villemure led Flat Rock with nine points in the win. Paige Villemure and Rhodes each added eight. Paige Villemure and Marina Steffke tied for the team-lead in rebounds with seven.

Floyd finished with 13 points for Huron. Summer Callahan pulled down eight rebounds and Richardson grabbed seven.

The Rams and Chiefs will both have a quick turnaround, as each team competes Thursday night. Flat Rock will stay at home to take on SMCC and Huron will travel to Jefferson.

Last Updated: 1/22/2014 10:45:10 PM EST