The great matchup between the SEC Red’s two 4-0 (in conference) teams didn’t materialize Friday night at Saline High School. Huron built an early 9-2 lead and never looked back in a 62-36 victory.
The Lady Hornets (4-1 SEC Red, 7-4 overall) struggled from the floor early, shooting one-for-nine from the field and one-for-five from three-point range in the first quarter. Huron struggled with shooting early, too, but Emily Marsh righted for the River Rats, scoring the team’s first seven points. Huron led 16-7 after the first quarter.
“We needed a great start tonight and instead we dug ourselves a hole,” Saline coach Jeff Waltz said. “They have a great team and you don’t want to spend the night trying to play catch-up.”
Marsh finished with 19 points and Kara Wilson scored 16 points for Huron.
Saline was led by Abbey Bowen (nine points) and Sydney Jarvela (seven points).
The Hornets got on the board first with a couple of free throws from Shannon Reilly. Saline was down 9-2 when Kelsey Alexander scored the Hornets first field goal on an aggressive drive to the hoop. It was 13-4 when Bowen gave the Hornets a lift with a three-point shot. Wilson answered with a three for Huron, which led 16-7 at the end of the quarter.
The Hornets enjoyed a strong start in the second quarter with a basket by Glory Ford (four points) and layup by Jarvela, who was set up by a nice pass by Alexander. Saline was down 18-11 2:18 into the quarter. But the Hornets didn’t make another field goal in the quarter, getting just two points from Ford from the stripe. Huron led 28-13 at halftime.
Saline’s best basketball came in the third quarter. After a Huron basket, Jarvela ignited Saline with a three-pointer. Asia Lindsey grabbed a rebound and put it back for two more points. Then Bowen hit a three-pointer. Saline cut the lead to nine points.
The River Rats bounced back to take a 37-22 lead. Brooke Bauer, Emma Brownsberger and Bowen responded with consecutive baskets to make it 37-28. But the River Rats started pulling away again. They led 46-30 after three quarter.
Other than free throws, Saline’s fourth quarter offense came from a three-pointer by Maddy Welch.
Coach Waltz said his team will learn from the loss.
“We know we didn’t play well. Huron exposed some things in our game tonight and we’re going to fix them,” Waltz said.
The Saline Post 3 Stars
- Abbey Bowen – Bowen led the Hornets in scoring again and continued to go to the tough areas of the floor for Saline.
- Sydney Jarvela – Scored seven points and had several rebounds for Saline. Was pretty surehanded against a speedy, aggressive team.
- Glory Ford – Ford had four points and seven rebounds.