It all started at the foul line. And it started late in the second quarter. And did we mention it started with a MISSED free throw at the foul line? The Huron girls’ basketball team can go on a run at any time and Friday night against host Pioneer it came at the free-throw line – with a miss.
After making the first of two free throws late in the second quarter, Huron’s Shamim Wambere missed. She wasn’t pleased with the result and followed her shot, grabbed the rebound and turned the missed free throw into two points.
The River Rats then put on a full-court press that resulted in a steal and layup from Siena Smith. Just like that, the River Rats extended their lead to 29-16.
To finish off the half, Michaela Glenn nailed a triple from the wing just before the buzzer (see video) to send Huron into halftime with a commanding 32-16 lead.
Huron was never challenged in the second half and went on to a 48-29 victory over city-rival Pioneer to improve to 18-1 overall on the season. The River Rats went undefeated in the SEC White Division.
The River Rats were led in scoring by Wambere, who scored 13 of her game-high 25 points at the free-throw line. She had seven points at the free-throw line in the second quarter alone. Michaela Glenn finished with 10 points and Kaiden Glenn scored 5.
Pioneer was led by Asaria Turman with 13 points.
Huron opened the game with a 5-0 lead after a triple from Glenn and steal and layup from Dani DiGiovine in the first minute. Pioneer’s Ilena Garrett scored inside to cut it to 6-4 and teammate Corine Burgard scored to cut the deficit to 8-6 with 2:50 left in the first quarter.
Wambere pushed the visitor’s lead to 10-6. But a rebound and basket by Turman made it 10-8 with 2 minutes left. And a buzzer-beater by Emma Packard cut the lead to 14-10 after one.
Michaela Glenn and Wambere each hit a pair of free throws to give Huron a 22-16 lead in the second quarter. Huron’s DiGiovine hit a runner down the lane to make it 24-16.
In the third quarter, Wambere knocked down a jumper to give the River Rats a 34-18 lead. Pioneer’s Garrett answered with a triple at the other end. But Michaela Glenn scored inside and the visitors took a 39-22 lead into the final quarter.