The Riverview girls basketball team scored 62 points in their blowout win over old rival Grosse Ile on Jan. 14, so offense is obviously no problem for these Bucs, but what really stood out was the teams’ sticky, suffocating defense.
The Bucs held Grosse Ile to 10 or fewer points in each quarter of the game, including an amazing one point in the fourth quarter, and beat the Islanders 62-25.
“The girls play hard and they never let up,” said Riverview Coach Rob Sauter. “We knew coming into the season that we had these type of girls.”
The Pirates swarmed Grosse Ile all night long, stealing the ball possession after possession. The Bucs stepped into passing lanes and snatched the ball way during double-teams. At times Grosse Ile seemed to be in good position, but a Riverview player would flash in and it was another turnover.
In the offense department, the game got off to a slow, slow start. Both teams played good defense in the first half and neither team shot particularly well when they did get good looks. Each team made three buckets in the first eight minutes and the score was 6-6 after one period.
Riverview began to seize control in the second quarter. Sophomore Tylee Hunter hit a pair of three-point shots and that seemed to spark her team. The Bucs scored 17 second-quarter points and led 23-14 at the intermission.
Grosse Ile made a little run at the start of the third period. Helena Formintin got her game going in the low post and scored five quick points as Grosse Ile cut the lead to four. But a couple of Riverview triples and a little more defensive intensity and the Bucs were back on their way.
The third quarter was Grosse Ile’s best offensive quarter of the night as they scored 10 points, but Riverview nearly doubled the Devils, scoring 19.
There was pretty much only one team scoring in the fourth quarter as Riverview dropped in a game-high 20, while holding Grosse Ile to one.
The win over an old rival like Grosse Ile made Sauter happy, but the defensive effort had him grinning.
“We can go deeper than most teams, he said. “We can play faster because we can go deeper into our bench and we’re not hurt by that. That’s the best thing for us.”
Offensively, 10 players scored for the Bucs, keyed by their senior leader, Sam Dorn, who had 18 points to lead all scorers. Shannon McAlinden had 11 and Kamryn Cartrette added eight.
For Grosse Ile, Formintin had 13.
Dorn also had 18 points for the Bucs in their Jan. 10 game against SMCC, but the result was a lot different as the Pirates had trouble finding their range from three-point land and they fell 46-36.
In their Huron league game before that, Riverview beat Huron 51-43 behind 17 points from Dorm and 10 from Cartrette.
Before the new year, Riverview beat Southgate 66-20 at the Southgate Tournament and lost to Bedford 46-34 in the tourney finals.
After beating Grosse Ile, the Bcs found themselves 6-3 overall and 2-2 in league play. The faced a huge game with unbeaten Airport Jan. 16 and will play Milan Jan. 24 and Monroe Jefferson Jan. 28.