By Chris Zadorozny
It was a slow start for the Huron Chiefs, and despite picking up their play as the game went on; it just wasn’t enough as they fell to the Tecumseh Indians 37-35 in Tuesday’s regional semifinal.
It was a slow moving game, but it worked for both squads. Each team was able to play their game format, but it was the shots, or the missed shots by the Chiefs, that cost them in the end.
“Couldn’t make a shot, couldn’t buy a shot, you know we have our best players with the ball and we had the open shots, and just didn’t fall,” said Huron Coach Jim Kalbfleisch.
The bounces weren’t going Huron’s way, especially late. The Chiefs and Indians traded baskets, and the lead throughout the end of the first quarter heading into the second quarter.
Neither team could really slip away from one another at the half, Huron had a small, 14-11 lead. They came out at halftime and still kept the lead, but the Indians didn’t give up.
Throughout the third quarter, Tecumseh stayed on the heels of the Chiefs, and tied the game up with 25.2 seconds left in the third quarter on a shot by freshman Olivia Mills.
As the clock ticked down, with just seconds to spare, the Chiefs inbounded the ball, and needed a quick release to get the shot off. It was a perfect swish, as junior Carley Ames drained a triple from the far side of the court to give her team a 25-22 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Indians weathered that storm, and took the lead almost two minutes into the fourth quarter, and kept that lead the rest of the game.
Indians coach Griff Mills really credited his team with having such great resiliency to overcome that late shot in the third quarter.
“Our kids have learned to be resilient, or it’s either whither or be resilient. This group has decided we’re going to be resilient, we’re going to hang in there. We’ve consistently done that,” said Mills.
A 26-25 lead with 6:20 to go in the game catapulted the Indians into the lead, and they didn’t look back. The Chiefs tried to foul late, and brought the game within a point with 15 seconds to go. Unfortunately for Huron, they just couldn’t get the shot to go in, as Kalbfleisch referenced earlier.
“We just didn’t make shots, you have make shots. You don’t make shots you can’t win.”
Leading the way for the Indians, Mills had 17 points and three rebounds; while senior Kayla Kormos and sophomore Morgan Skelton both had six points each.
As for the Chiefs, junior Hailey Richardson had 14 points and four rebounds, sophomore Summer Callahan had 12 points, and junior Savannah Floyd had seven points and five rebounds.
The Chiefs finished the season with 16 wins, and will only lose one senior, Olivia Olson heading into next season.
The Indians will now face the Arbor Prep Gators on Thursday at 7:00pm at Clarenceville High School in Livonia for the regional final.
To read the original article that appeared online on MI Prep Zone on March 5, 2014, go to www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald