Girls Basketball: Pioneers overcome sluggish start to knock off Saline


Coming into Wednesday’s game with Saline, Asaria Turman needed 12 points to reach 1,000 points in her impressive Pioneer career. The senior not only reached the milestone but also helped her team improve to 13-1 on the season with a hard-fought 50-47 victory over the Hornets.

The Pioneers improve to 12-1 on the season and face another tough task on Friday when they play at Huron. Pioneer defeated the River Rats earlier in the season at home but Huron is playing better and will pose a strong test to the first-place club.

Turman, meanwhile, reached an impressive career record in the victory. The center finished with a game-high 18 points to climb over 1,000 points for her Pioneer career. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Turman scored nine of her 18 in a decisive third quarter.

Freshman Lauren DeWolf scored seven her of her 11 points in the fourth quarter for the Pioneers. Sophomore Felicia Stewart had eight points including two triples and senior Corine Burgard scored all five of her points in the third quarter.

The Hornets failed to have any player reach double figures although three had eight points.

Saline jumped out to a 13-6 lead after the first quarter and led 22-19 at halftime as Pioneer came out a little flat. But everything changed in the third quarter. The Pioneers went on a 19-13 run in the third to grab the lead. The teams played to a 12-12 draw in the final quarter.

The Pioneers, chasing their first league title in 19 years, play at Huron on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. The boys’ game follows at 7 p.m.

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