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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Fordson knocks out Dearborn (VIDEO)

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The Fordson girls’ basketball team will live to fight another day.

In the first round of the Class A district tournament at Edsel Ford, Fordson beat Dearborn 50-48 in a barn-burner.

The game started out slowly for Fordson, which had had no field goals in the first quarter and scored only two points off of free throws. Dearborn led 12-2 after the first eight minutes.

The game got a bit closer going into halftime thanks to the work of Fordson junior forward Raina Hazime. She came off the bench and provided a spark with four points. The score was 20-16 going into the break.

In the second half, the Tractors got hot from the field. They hit three three-pointers including one by junior guard Madina Fawaz that was from about NBA distance. Fawaz ended the game with 16 points to lead the Tractors in scoring.

“If we were going to win this game, we had to control the boards,” said Fordson coach Doug Marks.

Luckily for him, his team came through. Forward Talia Hamid brought down 11 rebounds. Also controlling the glass was Miriam Faraj. She grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 13 points.

In the fourth quarter, the game was still too close for comfort for Fordson. Especially since Dearborn junior Amelia Denison would not let the Pioneers quit. She had nine points in the quarter, and finished with 17 for the game.

“She was our most consistent player,” said Dearborn coach John Cialone.

The fourth quarter ended up being a free-throw shooting contest. In the period, Dearborn went 9-for-13 from the line in and Fordson went 12-for-17.

“You can’t miss that many free-throws if you want to win,” said Cialone.

Fordson will now take on Crestwood on Wednesday. The winner will move on to the district tournament finals on Friday.

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 12:24:05 PM EST