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Andrew Plemmons and the Grosse Ile basketball team won two more games and kept pace right on the tail of Huron League-leading Flat Rock. Photo by Larry Caruso

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Red Devils holds position with two more league wins (PHOTO)

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With just a month left of the season, the Grosse Ile basketball team is keeping things rolling and sit comfortably near the top of the Huron League standings with a 7-1 record, and a big rematch with Flat Rock looming on the horizon.

The Red Devils controlled the pace and played at their tempo all night long on Jan. 20, holding visiting Huron’s normally potent perimeter attack in check from start to finish and coming away with the 47-35 victory.

Kate Tobin played a complete game, scoring 24 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and making multiple plays to set up teammates with easy looks.

“She’s been very consistent this season,” Red Devils Coach Sandy Tobin said of her daughter. “We ask a lot of her and it’s nice to see her work hard and have the kind of success she’s having.”

Both teams came out of the gate sluggish. Tobin took it upon herself to kick-start Grosse Ile’s offense by hitting a three-pointer and slashing her way to the basket for two more field goals, scoring seven points in the opening frame.

Down 12-7 to open the second quarter things got even worse for the Chiefs offense. They failed to hit a field goal until the 3:12 mark of the quarter and even worse, lost one of their top players to foul trouble early on.

Junior Savannah Floyd’s was unable to stay on the court, picking up a couple quick fouls and had to sit out most of the second quarter, which contributed mightily to the Chiefs’ stagnant offense.

“Floyd in foul trouble killed us,” Chiefs’ Coach Jim Kalbfleisch said. “She’s our inside force and we’re in trouble whenever we have to go without her for long stretches. She just has a tendency to foul.”

Huron managed only six points in the second quarter and went into halftime trailing Grosse Ile by a score of 26-13.

When they came back out after the break, the Chiefs offense started to get rolling a bit. Hailey Richardson hit a pair of three-pointers and Huron scored 12 third-quarter points, one less than they did in the entire first half. And this time, it was Grosse Ile with the quiet quarter. The Red Devils managed only six points on three field goals in the third.

But it was Tobin who righted the ship for the Red Devils, netting nine fourth-quarter points when Grosse Ile needed her most. Grosse Ile also made a concerted effort to attack the glass, outrebounding their Huron-League rivals 14-11 in the second half.

The Chiefs came within striking distance with about four minutes left in the contest, trailing Grosse Ile by only five points - 32-27. That was attributed to Floyd’s presence, according to Kalbfleisch.

“She really made a world of difference because she made Grosse Ile worry about the middle,” Kalbfleisch said. “In the first half they could extend because she wasn’t there in the paint. In the second half they couldn’t extend, and that helped open up our offense.”

When it came time for Huron to foul in order to inch their way closer to the tie, the Red Devils were clutch at the free-throw line, going 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to keep Huron at bay and come away with the win.

Tobin led Grosse Ile in both points and rebounds on the night. Richardson paced Huron with 14 points. Summer Callahan led them in rebounds with seven, while Floyd grabbed four.

“We really worked together on defense,” Coach Tobin said. “Huron has some great shooters, but we kept them in check for the most part. We did miss a couple key shots on our side but I think we played composed and overall, played a pretty solid game.

Grosse Ile remained near perfect in the league with a 59-44 victory Thursday when the Devils traveled to Riverview.

Riverview won the final quarter 16-11, but it was not enough to come back from the Red Devils big lead.

It was 17-9 after one, 34-19 at the half and 48-28 after three.

Tobin was pleased with the win but said Riverview forced her team to make a few mistakes.

“Riverview is impressive with their pressure on defense,” she said. “They forced us to make a few turnovers.”

Megan Swick led the Red Devils with 13 points. Brianna Chamberlain and Morgan Swick each had 10 and Tobin finished with nine.

“I continue to be excited about the balanced scoring and that we have different players step up each night,” Tobin said. “This team works extremely hard and they really want to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.”

The Bucs were led by Michala Burke with 11 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

Angela Zammit had 10 points and six rebounds and Anastasia Smith finished with seven points, four rebounds and four steals.

Riverview’s woes continued with a 41-31 loss to SMCC earlier in the week in a game that was decided in the fourth quarter.

The team traded leads and the Falcons led 12-10 after one quarter of play but the Bucs bounced back for a slim 16-15 halftime advantage.

SMCC turned it right around for a 27-25 advantage after tree and outscored the Bucs 14-6 in the final quarter for the win.

Zammit led the Bucs with eight points and five rebounds and Burke finished with six points and 11 rebounds.

Samantha Elliott contributed

Last Updated: 1/28/2014 3:17:25 PM EST