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Wyandotte Roosevelt takes down Woodhaven; moves on to district championship game PHOTO GALLERY

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When Woodhaven and Wyandotte Roosevelt met back on Jan. 31, the Bears saw a nine-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter and they ultimately lost by two points.

With a potential rematch about a month away, Roosevelt Coach Ron Adkins and his players began working to avoid the same outcome.

On Wednesday night, the two Downriver League heavyweights did meet in the Class A, Region 14 semifinals at Trenton.

Once again the Bears (16-5) took a sizable lead into the fourth quarter, but this time held on and came away with a 55-43 victory over the Warriors (17-5).

“Since we knew we were going to play these guys towards the end of the season, (we talked about) how are we going to make up those two points,” Adkins said.

“What we talked about is boxing out harder and making sure we know where (Kennedy Johnson) and (Breanna Campbell) were. They’re great players and I think our girls did a great job. We executed the game plan the way we wanted to - and just how hard we played is awesome.

“I love this group. They continue to get better and I couldn’t ask for anything else.”

According to Maxpreps.com, it was the Bears’ first win over the Warriors since March 2, 2011.

Madison Hamilton led Roosevelt with 13 points in the victory and Katie Thorington put in 12 for the Bears.

For Woodhaven, Johnson did manage a game-high 21 points and Campbell netted a dozen for the Warriors.

After three quarters of the play, Roosevelt was up 37-25.

With about three minutes left, Woodhaven had cut the deficit to seven at 44-37, thanks to a free throw from Jillian Bonot and then a quick two points by Kennedy.

Bonot played tough defense on Wednesday, as well, and came up with some big steals in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for her squad, it didn’t translate into much offensively.

Just inside the final two minutes of the game, the Bears’ Jordan Tarrance was fouled as made a shot. She then converted on the ensuing free throw and gave her team a 48-37 advantage. Tarrance finished with eight points for the night.

To keep the Warriors alive, Johnson hit two free throws at the 1:18 mark and then knocked down two more from the stripe with 51 seconds left to make it a 49-41 game.

From there, however, the Bears were able to put the game away, thanks to three free throws from Hannah Lavis inside the final minute and an offensive foul called against Woodhaven with 44 seconds left.

Early on in the contest, Lavis hit a triple at the end of the first quarter and put her team up 11-8. For the night, the senior finished with nine points.

Near the end of the half, Roosevelt’s Lillien Corby netted two free throws and the Wyandotte group was up 22-13 at the break. Corby finished with four points on Wednesday, all of which were in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, Hamilton and Thorington combined for 10 points and helped guide the blue and gold to their 12-point lead heading into the fourth.

Overall, both teams went to the line several times in the final quarter.

To help Woodhaven’s comeback attempt, Johnson scored seven fourth-quarter points and Campbell had six. At the line, the pair was a combined 5-for-6 in the quarter.

Six different players scored for Roosevelt in the final quarter, guided by five points from Thorington, four from Lavis and three each from both Hamilton and Tarrance.

Along the way on Wednesday evening, the Bears also got seven points from Olivia Green and two points from Andrea Baker.

Other Warrior points came from Markayla Hickman (5), Kayla Smith (2), Analise Craig (2) and Bonot (1).

With the victory, Roosevelt advanced to face host Trenton in the district championship game on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Last Updated: 3/2/2017 4:06:37 PM EST

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