The Huron girls’ basketball team dribbles into Friday’s crosstown rivalry game with Pioneer showing steady improvement each time they step on the floor. The River Rats, who host Bedford on Tuesday, are 3-6 overall on the young season.
Huron lost four of its five starters from last season and also lost its head coach in Waleed Samaha, who is now coaching the Huron boys’ varsity team. Samaha helped lead the girls last year to an impressive 18-2 record.
Scott Hunter took over the program and is seeing good signs.
“We are improving and doing some things that I like,” Hunter said. “We are pushing the ball up the floor pretty well and our turnovers are going down as the season moves along. We are playing more like a team. The defensive rotations are improving. We are showing steady progress.”
Huron is averaging 57 points per game and outrebounding opponents (39-38) per game which are encouraging stats. They lost 52-46 to a solid Monroe team in an SEC game on Friday.
Hunter has taught at Huron for 19 years and was an assistant coach on the boys’ staff from 2000 to 2005 and then was the head coach at Willow Run from 2006 to 2010.
“I am enjoying it very much,” he said of his return to coaching. “I enjoy the practices and the games and the planning and preparing that goes into it. We have a good group and we are growing together.”
The River Rats have three consistent scorers at the top of the lineup. Sophomore Kaiden Glenn is averaging 11 points while both juniors Siena Smith and Alexa Lyon are averaging 10 points. Glenn is averaging seven rebounds while Lyon is averaging six.