Back and forth they went – Pioneer and Huron in a girls’ basketball game that featured plenty of big plays, blocked shots, three-pointers, steals and everything in between.
In the end it came down to which team took the last shot – or didn’t take the last shot in this case.
With 3.1 seconds left in the game and down 52-50, Pioneer called a time out. They set up a play to go inside and tried to get the ball down low to star center Asaria Turman – and why not she had 28 points on the night.
But Huron’s Kaiden Glenn stepped in front of the Pioneer senior for a steal to seal the River Rats’ upset victory and hand the Pioneers their first SEC Red Division loss of the season. Defense played a huge part in Huron’s win as Glenn and Jadyn Smith, among others, stepped up defensively in the final minutes to secure the victory.
Pioneer falls to 12-2 overall. Huron improves to 7-9 on the season after wins this past week over Saline and Pioneer with a loss to Bedford in between.
Jadyn Smith led the River Rats with 13 points. Reeya Patel, who made some big plays in the fourth quarter, scored 12. Alexa Lyon and Glenn each scored seven and Siena Smith scored six in the win.
Pioneer was led by Asaria Turman with 28 points. Lauren DeWolf scored eight and Corine Burgard had seven for the Pioneers.
In the fourth quarter, Asaria Turman hit two free throws to cut Huron’s deficit to 42-40 with 6 minutes to go. Huron’s Patel answered at the other end with a basket to push the lead back to 44-41.
Pioneer took its first lead of the game at 48-47 when Asaria Turman scored inside with 1:42 left in the game. Jadyn Smith answered in a big way – with a triple from the corner to push the River Rats back into the lead at 50-48.
A steal and layup by DeWolf tied the game at 50-50.
With 31.7 seconds left, Jadyn Smith stole the ball and threw a perfect bounce pass to Asia Lewis inside. The sophomore calmly stepped to the line – at least she appeared calm on the outside – and knocked down two free throws for a 52-50 lead.
The River Rats came out strong in the first quarter, setting the tone for things to come. A strong drive to the basket by Sienna Smith gave the home team an early 6-2 lead.
A three-point play at the other end by Asaria Turman cut the deficit to 6-5.
But Jadyn Smith knocked down back-to-back triples from the same spot in the corner to shoot Huron into a 12-7 lead midway through the first.
A jumper by DeWolf cut the lead to 12-9.
A strong take to the basket by Glenn made it 14-9.
The River Rats led 15-9 after one quarter.
Jadyn Smith knocked down another triple early in the second quarter to make it 18-13 and a basket inside by MiLisa Curtis gave the home team a 21-13 lead with 5:40 left in the half.
Huron’s Patel knocked down a jumper to give Huron a 23-13 lead. Then, Lyon nailed a triple from the top of the key to give the River Rats a 26-13 lead.
Huron led 28-19 at halftime.
The Pioneers played a strong third quarter and began to cut into the deficit. Stewart hit a triple to cut the lead to 30-24 and basket inside by Asaria Turman cut it to 32-28 with 3:25 left in the third.
But Huron’s Asia Lewis hit a three-pointer from the deep corner to make it 35-28.
A three-point play by Asaria Turman cut the lead to 35-31. Huron’s Glenn hit a triple to push the score to 38-33 after three quarters.