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Huron hangs on to beat Grosse Ile and win the district title PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO

  • Savannah Floyd and the Huron Chiefs knocked off Grosse Ile 47-45 Friday night and will take on Tecumseh Tuesday in the first round of regionals. Photo gallery by Dave Chapman
From the start of Friday night’s district final game at Airport, it looked Grosse Ile would coast to a championship.

Halfway through the first quarter, the Red Devils (17-4, 11-2 Huron League) already led 14-0.

The Chiefs (12-8, 8-6 Huron), however, weren’t ready to see their season end and charged back for a 47-45 victory.

Leading the way for Huron was Savannah Floyd, who scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

“We just came in thinking that we were going to play as hard as we had been these last couple of games,” said Floyd. “We knew that if we worked 100 percent of the time…that we would hopefully come out with a win.”

With the victory, the Chiefs advanced to regionals and will play Tecumseh Tuesday night at Livonia Clarenceville.

Grosse Ile did have a chance Friday night to force overtime, just as it did Wednesday against Flat Rock, but this time a layup attempt at the buzzer didn’t fall.

To open the contest, the Red Devils stunned Huron, led by eight points from Megan Moco, as well as three points from Kate Tobin and two each from Megan Swick and Morgan Swick. Tobin finished with a team-high nine points, Moco had eight and Megan Swick netted seven.

The Chiefs countered later in the first quarter with eight points from Floyd and a triple by Elizabeth Stockert, which made it a 15-11 game after the first eight minutes.

Huron Coach Jim Kalbfleisch said his squad had prepared for Grosse Ile’s tough defense and eventually got its plan to work.

“We changed our press breaker yesterday and worked on it real hard,” he said. “I thought we handled it pretty good after the first three or four minutes.

“We were a little nervous (but) once we started doing what we were supposed to do, we did a great job.”

The second quarter started with the Chiefs’ Carley Ames drilling a 3-pointer to pull her team to within one, but a pair of ensuing Tobin triples put the Devils up by five. For the night, the teams combined for 10 total 3-pointers.

A triple from Hailey Richardson and four more points by Floyd allowed Huron to grab a 23-21 lead during the second quarter, but the Devils scored the final four points and took a 25-23 lead into the break.

About three minutes into the third quarter, the Chiefs had the lead back and were up by five at 33-28, thanks to 3-pointers from Ames and Richardson. Both players came away with nine total points for the night and Stockert had seven.

Huron hung onto the five-point lead and led 40-35 after three quarters, however, Grosse Ile’s final two points came on a steal of an in-bounds pass and a basket at the buzzer by Erin Carney.

It looked like Carney’s play had helped shift the momentum, as Megan Swick went out and scored four quick points in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to one.

After yielding only five points to the Chiefs in six minutes, the Devils tied it at 45-45, thanks to back-to-back buckets from Brianna Chamberlain.

Neither team could hit a field goal after that, but the Chiefs managed two points courtesy of a free throw each by Floyd and Richardson and led 47-45 in the final seconds.

Megan Swick made one last charge down the court for Grosse Ile, but her shot as time expired didn’t fall and Huron went on to hoist the district championship trophy.

The Chiefs are scheduled to face Tecumseh Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Livonia Clarenceville in the first round of Class B regionals. Tuesday’s winner will go on to face either Ypsilanti Arbor or Divine Child two nights later.



Last Updated: 3/6/2014 4:07:03 PM EST

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