Huron girls basketball coach Scott Hunter is one of the many believers who believes that defense is just as important – if not more – than offense. Coaches, like Hunter, say it all the time – to the point where many players either tune it out or just don’t hear it anymore. Rule No. 1: Defense wins basketball games.
One of Hunter’s young players apparently has been listening and believing and delivering. Kaiden Glenn scored seven points in Huron’s upset win over Pioneer on Friday night but her biggest points were scored on the defensive end of the floor including a huge play in the game’s final seconds.
The River Rats led by two points with 3.1 seconds left in the game when the Pioneers tried to get the ball down low to star center Asaria Turman. But Glenn stepped in front the Pioneer senior and stole not only the ball but any chance the Pioneers had at winning the game. Turman had 28 points in the game and never got a shot at 30 because of Glenn’s defensive play as the River Rats held on for a 52-50 win.
“At first I thought they might try for three and win the game,” said Glenn, just moments after the final buzzer Friday night. “But when I saw two of my teammates step up and take that away I figured they would try to pass it inside to Asaria and try to get a layup so I just tried to prevent her from getting the ball.”
Hunter was certainly proud of his team’s defensive stand in the final seconds and overall play, especially in the fourth quarter.
VIDEO: Watch the final seconds of Huron’s win over Pioneer: https://weloveannarbor.com/2019/02/10/video-the-final-seconds-of-hurons-win-over-pioneer-in-girls-basketball/
WATCH the game: Channel 19: CTN Sports – Pioneer @ Huron Women’s Basketball, Monday, Feb. 11 at 8:30 pm
“When we need someone to step up and make plays on defense Kaiden steps us for us,” Hunter said. “She did the same thing against Saline when she guarded one of their better players. She is very versatile. She is only a sophomore but she can play four positions for us. She played hard.”
The River Rats started out strong against the Pioneers, building a comfortable lead against a team that was undefeated in league play. But Pioneer came roaring back in the fourth quarter to eventually take the lead. The young River Rats responded with poise and confidence.
“We kept playing hard and refused to let our mistakes get in the way of what we wanted to do,” said Glenn, only a sophomore. “We kept fighting even when they made a run and we lost the lead.”
Glenn says the team started slow, adapting to a new coach and a new roster filled with sophomore and juniors and only two seniors. But the River Rats are picking up momentum and confidence at the right time of the year.
“We just want to keep improving on our game and make it as far as we can in the tournament,” she said.
And defense shall lead the way.
“The girls have been working hard and improving especially defensively,” Hunter said. “The last couple of games, including (Friday), teams have made a run at us and we’ve been able to keep our composure. Earlier in the season we weren’t do that so things are definitely improving.”