Defense was the name of the game for Riverview girls basketball on Monday night in a 62-25 win over arch-rival Grosse Ile.
The game was tight through the first half with Riverview (6-3, 2-2 Huron) holding a 23-14 lead and Grosse Ile (3-5, 1-3) even trimmed that in the third quarter to 25-21, but the former pulled away thanks to a tenacious effort, according to head coach Rob Sauter.
“We played really good pressure defense,” Sauter said. “The girls were just everywhere; they were relentless.”
Just how good was the Riverview defense? It forced 36 turnovers on the night, 23 of which came in the first half of play. On the season, Riverview forces 33 turnovers per game, making that its staple.
“We aren’t very big, but we play with tenacity,” Sauter said.
Offense, however, has been a different story. After losing to Monroe Catholic Central last week in an intense affair, Sauter said his team had to do some soul-searching as it had just gone 1-for-25 from 3-point range.
That trend continued through the first half, but Riverview began hitting shots late in the third and fourth quarters to pull away.
“Sometimes you play so hard on defense, you find it hard to match that consistency on the offensive end,” Sauter said. “(The girls) just have to calm down (on offense). We’d certainly like to see more on offense and we should see more.”
Samantha Dorn scored 18 and Shannon McAlinden 11 for Riverview. Helena Formentine led Grosse Ile with 15 points.
Riverview will get a shot at Carleton Airport, which hasn’t lost a conference game, on the road Thursday.
As for Sauter’s message to his team before Thursday’s big game: “Be ready for war.”
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