ERIE -- With her team starting slowly and sluggishly, Emilie Rembert didn't panic.
Fast-forward to the end of Saturday night's game against Erie. With Silver Creek cruising, largely because of her offensive prowess, Rembert fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.
Again, Rembert didn't panic.
She didn't need to, because the Raptors were able to modify a few things late and secure a 50-38 Class 4A nonleague win on Erie's home floor.
"I was fully confident in my team that they could pull it out, no problem," Rembert said. "I wasn't nervous at all for them."
While Rembert's 16 points and 14 from fellow guard Margaret Davis keyed Silver Creek (9-6) throughout, the Raptors went inside to center Grace Reed to close it out. Reed, who battled foul difficulties early, scored all eight of her points in the fourth.
The vibe was much transformed than that of the opening quarter, when Erie was darting to a 12-6 lead behind Amanda Ochoa and Serena Gudino.
"We didn't come out very tough on defense," Raptors coach Dan Kloster said. "We were being lackadaisical and we weren't pressuring the ball, the things we talked about before the game, and that got us off to a slow start."
So, what changed?
"Later in the game, we had the right personnel in, and they were willing to play some defense," Kloster said. "Then in the second half, I think they struggled a bit with our matchup zone."
No argument there. After taking a 21-18 lead to the break, Erie (8-7) managed a mere two points in the third quarter and never seriously threatened in the fourth.
Ochoa led the Tigers with 14 points and Piper Zeier added nine points and seven rebounds.
"We were tired, just mentally tired from the game last night," Erie coach Noel Potter said, referring to a loss against Windsor on Friday. "We were tired and shutting down. The mental effort wasn't there. You could just tell by the delay and by us just watching on offense."
Rembert started out doing just that, but quickly devised a plan of attack.
"It was a rough start," she said. "But when they played zone, I saw those pockets and took it to the hoop. When they played man, I was looking for backdoor cuts on the offside block."
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Silver Creek 50, Erie 38
At Erie HS
SILVER CREEK (9-6)
Gallagher 1 0-0 2, Ochoa 3 8-10 14, Kudrna 2 1-5 5, Gudino 3 2-2 8, Zeier 4 1-2 9, Bauchert 0 0-0 0, Purcell 0 0-0 0, Martus 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 12-22 38.
Davis 5 4-4 14, Rembert 7 2-5 16, Bishop 1 0-0 2, Keil 1 0-0 2, Reed 4 0-0 8, Dauer 0 2-2 2, Strub 0 0-0 0, Warner 2 0-2 4, Ramirez 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 8-13 50.
Score by quarters:
Silver Creek 6 12 12 20 -- 50
Erie 12 9 2 15 -- 38
3-point field goals -- Silver Creek (0); Erie (0). Total fouls -- Silver Creek 24, Erie 14. Fouled out -- Rembert. Technical fouls -- None.