The Hornets dug themselves too deep a hole in the first quarter Friday night at Huron High School. The River Rats scored three three-pointers to take a 17-9 first quarter lead on the Hornets. They held off a late charge to win 32-30 in one of the lowest-scoring varsity boys’ basketball games you’re going to see.
Connor Terech led Saline with 10 points. Trevor Arico scored six points. Adam Heisler and Griffin Yaklich each scored five points and Emmett Turner, who barely saw the floor in the second half because of foul trouble, scored four points.
The two teams combined for just 20 points in the second half. The fourth quarter featured just two field goals - both from Terech -- as the Hornets shut the River Rats down.
Yaklich made three free throws in the final minute to get the Hornets within two points. Saline rebounded a missed free throw and had a chance to tie the game or win it in the final seconds, but a desperation shot was off target.
Midway through the first quarter, the Hornets were assessed a technical foul for using a player not listed in the scorebook. Lewis Willis scored both shots and then Huron scored on the possession.
Writer Steve Sheldon will have the rest of the story Saturday.