By Joseph Hayes
It was a regular season game as important as they come.
So much in fact that the official start time of the Macomb Area Conference Red Division match-up was moved up just to accommodate it.
And by the time it had concluded, it was obvious that both teams had showcased toughness and potential in a way fitting for such an early season match-up.
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In what amounted to a showcase of the top two girls basketball players in the area, Port Huron High School held off Port Huron Northern, 46-34.
Ally Shagena had 11 points to lead Port Huron Northern and Emma Trombly of Port Huron High scored 12 points for the Big Reds, before exiting the game on the final possession of the first half with a sprained ankle.
Despite the injury, the Big Reds came out valiantly in the third quarter on a 6-0 run, which would eventually turn a 23-16 halftime lead into a 29-16 advantage; with Northern going scoreless the first four minutes of the third quarter.
The common denominator the entire game was the Big Reds defense, which never allowed the Huskies offense to get comfortable.
Port Huron led 12-6 after the first quarter; 23-16 at halftime and 33-24 entering the fourth quarter.
Northern (1-2) got as close as 37-30, with under four minutes remaining in the game; before Port Huron (2-1) closed the game with several key defensive plays.
Julia Gilbert also scored 12 points for the Big Reds and Morgan James added all 10 of her points in the second half for Port Huron.
Camille Keyes added nine points for the Huskies and Jersey McGregor scored seven.
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