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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Grosse Ile glides by Trenton

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Red Devils’ Coach Sandy Tobin said she has been preaching the fundamentals all season long: Rebounding, defensive rotations and making that extra pass. As the season’s end draws near, her team is hitting its stride, and executing the fundamentals has been a big reason why.

Grosse Ile (10-2 Huron League, 16-3 overall) defeated the Trenton girls’ basketball team (7-9 Downriver League, 8-11 overall) by a score of 58-33 on Tuesday night to pick up their 12th win in their last 13 contests. They thoroughly outplayed the Trojans from the opening tip until the final buzzer.

“We’re just going to continue to keep working on our strong fundamentals and making them stronger each game,” Coach Tobin said. “If we want to have a successful district run then we have to cut down on our mistakes and keep doing the little things.”

Megan Swick led the charge for Grosse Ile, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds. All nine of her boards came in the first half, which speaks to how well the Red Devils rebounded the basketball in the first two quarters.

Grosse Ile outrebounded Trenton 22-15 in the first half and they picked up a slew of second-chance points thanks to their gritty effort on the offensive glass.

The Red Devils took a 15-10 lead into the second quarter and then more than tripled that lead by the time the half rolled around.

Coach Rob Sauter of the Trojans said that Grosse Ile’s offense pushed Trenton around for much of the night.

“Grosse Ile shot the lights out tonight,” Sauter said. “We talked about getting out on shooters, and we weren’t quick getting out on them. You really can’t give them an inch. I thought overall we were a step slow tonight, defensively.”

They excelled on offense but didn’t slouch at all on the defensive end either, as the Red Devils held Trenton to only five total field goals in the first half.

“We got impatient on offensive as they kept scoring,” Sauter said. “Some of it certainly was Grosse Ile’s defense. They make you uncomfortable and our girls looked uncomfortable tonight.”

The Trojans shot the ball a bit better out of the half, knocking down three 3-point buckets in the third quarter. However they only tread water because Grosse Ile didn’t miss a beat on the offensive end and managed to outscore Trenton 15-11 in the third to take a commanding 45-25 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Red Devils went into their classic clock-killing mode in the fourth, dragging out possessions and fighting hard for rebounds off of their misses. The result was yet another quarter in which they outscored their opponents, this time 12-8.

Megan Swick’s 16 points was tied for tops among all scorers and Coach Tobin said Swick has really come into her own as a leader this season.

“Megan is stepping up as a senior captain and leader of this team,” Coach Tobin said. “The thing that impresses me most is she’s making good decisions, almost always.”

Aevah Hebda was a bright spot for the Trojans, leading her team and tying Swick for the game-lead in points with 16. She also grabbed eight rebounds.

Each team will wrap up their regular season schedule on Thursday evening. Grosse Ile will visit Cabrini while Trenton stays home to battle Gabriel Richard.

Sauter said there are a few areas in particular that he is hoping to see his team improve in as districts loom.

“We want to see an improvement on our defense,” Sauter said. “We want to see that and more patience on offense. Those are the two major things. Both of those things really come down to toughness, and we didn’t match Grosse Ile’s toughness tonight.”

Last Updated: 2/18/2014 10:39:25 PM EST