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There are a few obstacles the Flat Rock girls’ basketball team needed to get past in its trek to stay atop the Huron League standings.

One of those obstacles is the Huron basketball team and for the second time in a week, the Rams were on the winning end of a game against the Chiefs.

The Rams barely squeezed by the first time but two big middle quarters last Thursday lifted the team to a 44-30 victory over their league rival.

It was close through the opening quarter but Flat Rock held an 8-6 upper edge before opening up the scoring in the second and third.

The Rams outscored the hosts 26-11 in the middle quarters for 34-17 lead after three that helped when the Chiefs won the final quarter 13-10.

Flat Rock Coach Marc Villemure was pleased with the way his team responded after the too-close-for-comfort game the previous week.

“We had a really good scare the first time with Huron and we were able to get over that bump,” he said. “We did a great job defensively and we were able to score (in this game).”

The Rams also won the game on the glass and outrebounded Huron 33-21, which Villemure is happy with.

“I’m really pleased with our rebounding and our toughness,” he said. “Our rebounding average is higher than last year. We made that a point of emphasis at the beginning of the year, especially with the tough kids we have.”

Paige Villemure has been instrumental to the team all season and led the way once again with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Morgan Villemure and Holli Rhodes had eight points each and Paige Nemeth put up six in the win.

Hailey Richardson has paced the Chiefs all season and led the team with eight points, six rebounds and three steals.

Alina Hecht was just behind Richardson with seven points and Savannah Floyd put up five.

The previous night, Flat Rock knocked off Milan for the second time this season in a 54-23 game.

It was another game of big middle quarters, and good defense as the Rams outscored Milan 31-10 in the second and third.

Keeping up with the Villemure tradition, Morgan led the way in this win with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Paige kept pace with 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals and Alexis Highers put up seven points.

Coach Villemure said Highers had a good defensive week and that it was the sophomore’s two best games of the season.

The Rams met up with Milan again on Monday and played a makeup game with Jefferson last night. Tomorrow they’ll take on Riverview before the next big test of the season.

On Feb. 10, the team will tip off with Grosse Ile and the Red Devils are right on the heels of the Rams with Flat Rock being their only league loss of the season.

“The idea is to go to Grosse Ile in a similar situation as we did last year, not having a loss (and) knowing that if we beat them, we can close it out for sure,” Villemure said. “I’m sure they’re gonna be ready to go and it’d be nothing finer than for them to get a piece of us.

“A lot of teams are definitely approaching games like that, which is understandable. We haven’t lost in awhile and it would be good for them to knock us off.”

Moving forward, Villemure says his team will prepare for each team at hand individually, rather than looking too far ahead.

“We’re just trying to be mentally prepared and take it one game at a time,” he said. “That’s what you’ve got to do. Treat every game like it’s extremely important.

“We don’t look past anybody. Whoever it is we’re playing, it doesn’t really matter. We’re just trying to get better every game.”

The Red Devils kept pace with two league wins last week and the Flat Rock game looming on the horizon.

In back-to-back games Grosse Ile got big wins over Airport and Jefferson.

The rest from snow days had no affect on the Red Devils who came out and dominated the floor, sticking with tradition and putting up big points while a big defense kept the opponent at bay.

The defense did not allow more than seven points through the first three quarters and the offense helped the team to a 34-14 halftime advantage. The team turned it into a 47-19 lead after three and cruised from there.

“I am happy we are still playing well after so many snow days with missed practice opportunities,” Coach Sandy Tobin said.

Megan Swick and Kate Tobin led the Devils with 12 points each and Megan Moco hit two triples to finish the game with eight points.

Grosse Ile was back on the court the following night and while the offense struggled in the second quarter, the defense made up for it.

Jefferson put up 10 points in the opening quarter but the Red Devils stopped them in their tracks and only allowed seven points in the next three quarters, including a scoreless second quarter.

Grosse Ile had a 17-10 lead after the first quarter and only put up five in the second, but led 22-10 at the half.

The offense made its appearance after the break and Grosse Ile won the half 29-7 for the win.

The game was a throwback game and a good win in front of the home crowd.

“We wore jerseys from years ago and played older music,” Tobin said. “We celebrated the traditions of our program (and) the girls really enjoyed it.”

Swick again led the way with 11 points with Tobin right behind with 10 points and 11 assists.

Brianna Chamberlain finished with eight points and 10 rebounds and Erin Carney put up eight points.

The Red Devils traveled to Airport on Monday and will host Milan tomorrow.

Before falling to Flat Rock, Huron got a league win over Milan with a 62-27 victory.

Richardson again led in points with 16.

Floyd finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists, Summer Callahan had eight points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals and Elizabeth Stockert had seven points and two assists.

Huron traveled to Monroe to take on St. Mary Catholic Centeral on Monday and will stay on the road all week with a game against Airport tonight and Crestwood tomorrow.

Last Updated: 2/4/2014 2:31:25 PM EST