GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Strong second quarter lifts Rams in battle of Huron League undefeateds

By Chris Zadorozny

In the battle of undefeated teams in the Huron League Thursday night, it was the tale of one big quarter.

For host Flat Rock, it was a big second quarter gap that led the team to a 50-43 win over Grosse Ile.

The Rams out shot their opponent 14-3 in the second quarter in an effort led by junior Paige VIllemure for a 27-14 halftime lead.

“We defended really well, and we executed offensively very well,” said Flat Rock Coach Marc Villemure. “I think that we were able to just get separated. It was really tight there in the first quarter, that’s what we definitely needed. Paige hit a couple shots to give us a seven, eight-point cushion there.”

It was a turnaround for the Rams who trailed 11-10 as the first quarter wound down.

A triple at the buzzer by Villemure gave the Rams a 13-11 lead, and the momentum going into the second quarter.

The Red Devils did their best to stay with the Rams, and the team was able to close the gap in the second half.

In the third quarter, the Red Devils tried to claw their way back into the game.

“I think when we settled in, we started to play a lot better,” said Grosse Ile Coach Sandy Tobin. The Red Devils settled in outscoring them 11-10 in the third quarter and 18-13 in the fourth quarter.

It was getting tight in the fourth quarter as sophomore Kate Tobin scored seven of the team’s 18 points. Sophomore Margaret Esordi also added four points and a rebound in the fourth quarter for Grosse Ile.

In the end, the 13-point gap at the end of the first half just wasn’t enough for the Red Devils to overcome.

With 7:09 to go in the game, the 18-point gap was closed to 12.

“I was just kind of begging for that clock to start ticking down,” Villemure said. “I knew she’d (Coach Tobin) bring the heat on us and she did. Luckily time ran out. I don’t know if we would’ve lasted a few more minutes.”

Paige had a game-high 22-points, while contributing seven boards and a steal and two blocks. Sister Morgan (sophomore) had 10-points, six boards and a block for the Rams.

On the Red Devils’ side of the court, Tobin had 18 points and two boards, while senior Megan Swick had three points, but a game high nine boards. Esordi also had nine points and five boards.

Next up for the Red Devils will host Huron League rival Huron on Monday while Flat Rock travels to Carleton the same night.

To read the original article that appeared online on The News-Herald, on January 17, 2014, go to


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