ROGERS CITY-The Rogers City girls basketball team has done well this season when it's able to build a lead to work with.
That was true again on Monday as the Hurons pulled away from Mio in the second half and went on to beat the Thunderbolts 59-40 at Rogers City High School.
The Hurons (13-5) led 27-25 at halftime, but pulled ahead for good early in the third quarter, outscoring Mio 8-1 in the first few minutes to build a strong lead.
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Rogers City’s Cassidy Purgiel, left, shoots while being defended by Mio’s Shelby Booth during the first half of a girls basketball game on Monday at Rogers City High School.
"That's been the story of our success all season; when we're behind we force things and when we get a few easy baskets it seems like everything gels together for us," Rogers City coach Gary Bisson said.
The Thunderbolts (9-9) trailed by 10 with 2:48 left in the first half, but helped their cause by going 8-for-8 at the free throw line in the remaining time to help close the gap.
Once the second half began however, free throw shooting failed Mio. The Thunderbolts shot 11-for-15 from the charity stripe in the first half, but just 2-for-8 in the second half.
Rogers City went 12-for-24 from the line, but was able to find some offensive rhythm a little easier than Mio. Courtney Streich led the Hurons with 20 points and made several key buckets in the third quarter to keep Mio from rallying. Logan Fleming added 17 points and sparked Rogers City in the first half, scoring nine points in the first quarter alone.
"I thought they did good. They came out a little bit sluggish, but Mio's a good team and the first half we were a little undisciplined and got into foul trouble," Bisson said. "In the locker room we made some adjustments and our poise was a lot better and did a lot better with the whole package deal."
Jalen DeFlorio led Mio with 18 points and helped rally the Thunderbolts to within nine points early in the fourth quarter, but Rogers City's depth kept them at bay. A basket from DeFlorio made the score 46-36 with 4:56 left, but the Hurons outscored Mio 13-4 the rest of the way.
"They were working hard, just not hard enough and we didn't bring our best," Mio coach Hellen DeFlorio said. "They were still working hard and they (Rogers City) have a couple really good shooters and they just happened to make more than we did tonight."
The Hurons found some success in the first quarter, building a 16-8 by the end of the period thanks in part to the efforts of Fleming who drove in for shots and put her teammates in good position for open looks.
Mio cut Rogers City's lead to five, 19-14, with 3:51 left in the second quarter, but a triple and a subsequent basket from Streich pushed the Hurons' lead back to 10 before Mio's late success with free throws.
Rogers City host Onaway tonight.
ROGERS CITY (59): L. Fleming 6 4-6 17; A. Hilla 1 0-2 2; C. Streich 7 4-6 20; C. Purgiel 2 2-6 6; S. Meredith 3 1-2 7; M. Hall 0 1-2 1; R. Chojnacki 1 0-0 2; T. Delekta 1 0-0 2; M. Quaine 1 0-0 2.
MIO (40): S. Booth 1 0-0 2; J. Smith 1 0-0 3; C. Curtis 3 0-1 8; K. Lefler 1 4-6 6; J. DeFlorio 5 8-10 18; S. Mangutz 0 0-2 0; L. Asman 0 2-3 2; B. Ellis 1 1-2 3.
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