The Huron River Rats came out strong in the first quarter and showed that youth might just be on the table for this cross-town rivalry matchup with host Pioneer. And youth certainly was served but it was dressed in purple and white as a couple of freshman helped lead the Pioneers to an impressive 54-39 win on Friday night in the first of two varsity basketball games.
The Pioneers led by 10 points at halftime and quickly established that the lead was not only safe but expandable. And freshman Lauren DeWolf would lead the way. She scored a pair of early baskets and then dished off an assist to fellow ninth-grader Mya Hicks who knocked down a triple to give the hosts a commanding 37-19 lead early in the third quarter.
The Pioneers led 39-21 on another DeWolf basket and then 41-21 after Felicia Stewart scored late in the third.
Pioneer improved to 8-1 on the season.
DeWolf led all scorers with 22 points for the Pioneers. Senior Asaria Turman scored seven points and Hicks, sophomore Felicia Stewart and senior Ilena Garrett each scored six for the home team.
Huron was led by junior Siena Smith who scored 15 points. Mckenzie Maciejewski scored seven for the River Rats.
The River Rats started out playing with poise and emotion as they jumped out early on the hosts. A jumper by Smith gave the visitors a 4-0 lead. But DeWolf began her big night with a triple and then a basket to cut the lead to 10-9. A jumper by Huron’s Sophie Smit gave the River Rats a 12-10 lead.
A triple by Hicks pushed the Pioneers into the lead at 13-12. The game was tied 14-14 after one quarter.
Senior guard Whitney Gallagher got the home team rolling with a triple early in the second quarter. DeWolf then scored back-to-back baskets to push Pioneer’s lead to 22-14 with 5 minutes left in the first half. After two free throws by Maciejweski cut the lead to 27-19, DeWolf hit another shot to push the lead back to double digits at 29-19.
Pioneer led 29-19 at halftime.