The Saline girls’ basketball team is trying to do what the boys’ team did in the District playoffs – and they’re halfway home. The Hornets, who ended the seasons of both Huron and Pioneer in last week’s boys’ District playoffs, knocked off a talented Huron team 59-47 in the semifinals of the girls’ playoffs on Wednesday.
Saline will face Pioneer in the finals at 7 p.m. on Friday at Pioneer High School.
The Pioneers, who knocked out Ypsilanti Community 55-28 in Wednesday’s second semifinal game, have defeated Saline (16-6) twice this season. Pioneer (18-4) won the first game by a comfortable 14 points and took the second game by a not-so comfortable three points.
The River Rats also had defeated the Hornets during both games in the SEC Red Division regular season. But they were both close as was the final game on Wednesday.
Saline jumped out to a 16-10 first quarter lead and led 30-22 at halftime. But the River Rats outscored the Hornets 17-11 in the third quarter. With 7 minutes to play in the game, Huron cut the deficit to 41-38.
“We just couldn’t get a basket to fall,” said Huron Coach Scott Hunter. “We didn’t get enough points in the paint and we didn’t get to the foul line enough. Also, we didn’t play very consistent on the defensive end.
“Saline played good defense and made some key baskets and foul shots in the fourth quarter.”
Jadyn Smith led Huron with 19 points. Siena Smith had nine points and Kaiden Glenn scored seven for the River Rats. Huron finished the season at 13-11.
Skyline fell to South Lyon East 48-39 in a semifinal game on Wednesday in the Brighton District. Brighton defeated Dexter 44-22 in the other semifinal game. South Lyon East will play host Brighton at 7 p.m. on Friday in the finals.