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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Bears suffer first loss of season, bounce back against CardsPHOTO
After losing their first game of the season early last week, Hailee Trombley and the Roosevelt Bears bounced back with a win over Alonna Haynes and the rest of the Cardinals to win 40-28 on Friday night.
“We made a point of saying that true character shows after a loss,” Wyandotte Coach Ron Adkins said. “How you bounce back after a loss.”
The Cardinals were riding on a high after their first win of the season Tuesday night, and after a slow start, gave the Bears some competition in the remaining three quarters.
“I think our win over Kennedy Tuesday helped us with our confidence today,” Melvindale Coach Tom Schick said.
Both teams got off to an unusually slow start, but the Bears managed an 8-1 lead after the first quarter.
They extended their lead to 16-10 after a first half filled with turnovers from both sides.
“Our turnovers in the first half were just silly,” Schick said. “That’s something I can live with because I’m trying to teach them to be aggressive and the turnovers they were making were girls trying to make a move happen instead of being passive and letting the pressure come to them.
“They were trying to embrace the pressure and get around them. That’s a learning process, but as a coach, I love to see that at least they’re trying that.”
The Cardinals outscored the Bears in the middle quarters, but a 17-9 run for Roosevelt in the fourth quarter, and an especially strong last four minutes, secured the once close game.
Melvindale pulled within a few points, but some changes on the Bears’ rotation in the last few minutes turned the game around.
“We were subbing people in and they weren’t rotating on defense,” Adkins said. “I think we got it down in the last four minutes of the game. We played solid defense.”
The Bears were helped out in the fourth quarter with solid efforts from Rachel Carley and Amelia Czarnota.
Czarnota finished the night with 11 points, nine of them in the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, she went five-for-six in free throws and also finished with three rebounds.
Adkins described her as one of the better players in the league.
Carley finished the night with 10 points and five rebounds and seemed to be exactly where she was needed as the clock ran down.
“There’s no one that’s going to match her grittiness on the floor,” Adkins said. “She hustles and she’s five foot tall and we’ve got her playing a forward. That’s a credit to her character.
“She played a huge role for us tonight.”
Hailee Trombley continued her strong season Friday, leading the Bears with 15 points and six rebounds.
Auriel Harris continued her strong season, dominating the Cardinal offense and scoring 21 of their 28 points. She also had six rebounds.
“I think Harris is definitely one of the best players in our league,” Adkins said. “We put a chaser on her and she still scored. We doubled her and she still found a way to score 21 out of 28.
“She’s a real competitive girl.”
Despite the loss, Schick was pleased with his teams’ effort and believes they are heading in the right direction.
“They did everything I wanted them to do,” he said. “If we made our easy buckets underneath, I really think we could have come away with a nice upset victory.”
Schick was pleased with his teams’ defensive efforts and thought they did a good job of irritating the Bears by being in their face.
“That’s what I’m trying to teach at Melvindale,” Schick said. “I want a specific type of basketball played. Some people would call it overaggressive; I just call it aggressive.
“That’s the only way that you can get things to happen with your kids and gain confidence in them is just keep on constantly pushing them and keep them focused on the game.”
Earlier in the week, the Cardinals defeated Kennedy 59-38.
Harris led the team once again with 30 points, Paige Filipowski had 14 and Katlyn White finished with eight.
Schick thought it was the best game played so far at that point in the season.
“Auriel did a great job of mixing it up for us,” he said. “She scored when she had the opportunity, and dished it off to Paige and Katlyn who made their shots tonight when they tried to take Auriel from getting to the basket.”
The Cardinals had a 26-17 lead at the half, but Kennedy came out and scored three quick baskets to start the second half.
Schick took a quick time out and Melvindale went on a big run to take control of the game.
“It was a true team effort to get our first win of the season and I couldn’t be more proud of my girls,” Schick said.
Kennedy was led by Asia Page with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds.
The same night, the Bears suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Allen Park, 43-36.
The Jaguars came out strong and outscored the Bears in the first two quarters to take a 26-16 lead after the first half.
In the first quarter, Allen Park saw scoring from four players.
Erin Fish (six points), Amy Trionfi (three points) Becca DuVall (two points) and Casey Bowdell (two points) all contributed points in the first quarter.
Roosevelt outscored Allen Park 11-8 in the fourth quarter, but still had a 10 point deficit and even scoring from the teams in the fourth quarter secured the Jaguar victory.
Roosevelt was led by Czarnota who finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Alyssa Macia contributed 12 points and two rebounds.
Bowdell led the Jags with 13 points, nine in the second quarter, and six rebounds.
Fish finished with 10 and DuVall had six points and six rebounds. Trionfi and Hailey Lazarek had five points each, and Sara Polatka finished with two points and seven rebounds.
Coach Chuck Perez was pleased with his team’s defensive game and said they hit the boards strong.
Roosevelt traveled next door to take on longtime rival, Anderson last night.
Always an anticipated game, the Titans also suffered their first league loss at the hands of Woodhaven, the same night the Bears lost to Allen Park.
Adkins expects it to be a good rivalry game.
“If you can’t get up for Southgate, then you’ve got something wrong with you,” Adkins said he told his team.
“We just gotta come out and the nerves and the jitters gotta be gone. We’ve gotta play Wyandotte basketball.”
Melvindale traveled to Woodhaven Tuesday night to take on the only team left undefeated in the Downriver League. Schick knows it will be a big chore, but says it does not matter who his team plays as long as they’re playing his brand of basketball.
“We’ve come a long way since our first game and it’s taken a bit longer than I would have hoped for them to get used to my style, but I think they’re getting used to it and I think they’re starting to embrace it a little bit because they definitely worked hard tonight.”
After handing the Bears their first loss of the season, the Jags were unable to keep up the momentum on Friday night and fell 50-38 at the hands of Carlson.
The Jaguars won the fourth quarter 18-11, but a dominating 13-2 start from the Marauders was too much to come back from.
Perez felt his team was not ready to play the game and turned the ball over too many times, shot poor, and played poor defense.
Hailey Lazarek then stepped it up and took the team on her back, providing a spark that helped the Jags pull within six points in the second half.
She was helped defensively by Kailee Paris, Olivia Keeley and Hannah Holder.
Lazarek finished the night with 15 points to lead the Jags. Fish recorded six points and Paris, Holder and Bowdell each had four points.
Carlson Coach Phil Carlson believed the game came down to who wanted the win more.
“It came down to want and attitude,” he said. “They (Carlson) played a lot like they wanted to be there.”
The Marauders saw scoring from six of their 12 players.
Kristina Poole led the team with 16 points, followed by Brittany Gniewek with 10.
Sarah Carlson and Paige Blakeslee each had nine points.
The Marauders also saw the return of Becca Browning who has finally been released from her volleyball injury.
Her return gave the team a big emotional boost according to Carlson.
Carlson was pleased with his team’s effort over Allen Park.
“The scoring came around (and) the defense was nice,” he said. “We played a much better, much more physical game. I think we’re starting to play better finally.”
Earlier in the week, the Marauders fell to Truman in a close 40-34 game.
Carlson said it again came down to who wanted it more.
The Marauders had a tough night, going 15-for-55 from the floor and shooting 6-for-12 from the free throw line.
Sarah Carlson led the way with 14 points and Poole had nine.
The game got off to a slow start, with neither team scoring in the opening three minutes.
Despite the slow start, Truman Coach Chad Putnam was pleased with his team’s effort in the first quarter.
The Cougars held Sarah Carlson scoreless in the first quarter with the defensive help of Kadie Lee.
In the second quarter, Carlson did a better job of limiting Truman’s post touches and made three-point shots when the Cougars slipped with their defense.
“We knew that they were capable of making three point shots and they took advantage of our defensive mistakes to take a three point lead at the halftime,” Putnam said.
The Cougars regained their lead in the third quarter from efforts from April Micheaux.
She did a nice job of establishing her position in the post, and scored ten points in the third quarter.
“April is one of the most talented players on our team and she really did a good job of leading us in the third quarter,” Putnam said.
In the fourth quarter, Carlson brought the game within four points with just 35 seconds left to play but Truman’s four-for-nine free throw effort finished the game.
“We had a feeling going into this game that it was going to be close,” Putnam said. “I felt that the Truman girls really did a good job of implementing our game plan and they did a good job of working together as a defensive unit.”
Many of the defensive skills the Cougars have been working on in practice were implemented effectively during the game, pleasing Putnam.
“As a coach, it was nice to see our efforts at practice carry over to our game play,” he said.
Micheaux led the team with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Lee finished with seven points and four steals, and Victoria Fisher had four points.
Diamond Thomas finished the night with three points and six rebounds.
Earlier in the week, the Cougars defeated in-city rival Kennedy 45-34.
Truman jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to the strong efforts of Micheaux who scored five points.
Kennedy went on a five point run at the end of the first quarter and the quarter ended with a 9-7 lead for Truman.
In the second quarter, Truman saw at least one point from six different players, including Judah Frazier who made a three point basket from the win, and Fisher who added a quick layup to extend Truman’s lead 23-11 at the half.
Chelsea Bedwell led the Cougars in the third quarter with six of their nine points and the teams ended with even scoring.
The fourth quarter brought trouble for Kennedy when Asia Page and Taylor Cole, two of their top performers, fouled out.
The Eagles were still able to make four three-point shots but strong efforts from Bedwell and Caprice King helped the Cougars to their victory.
Rachel Haver led the Eagles with 14 points and Page added six points and 15 rebounds before fouling out.
Bedwell led Truman with 13 points and seven rebounds, followed by Micheaux with her double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Fisher (seven points, three rebounds), Frazier (seven points, four rebounds), King (four points, six rebounds) and Liaja Hodge (three points) also contributed to the Cougar effort.
“This was an important game for us for a lot of reasons,” Putnam said. “We are attempting to remain competitive in the Downriver League standings and we also wanted to defeat our cross-town rival.
“In the time that I have been coaching at Truman, this game has always had a different energy to it, and I felt that both teams really competed hard during this game in an attempt to win.”
This week the Cougars face Trenton and Woodhaven, while the Eagles take on Allen Park and Carlson.
Last Updated: 1/15/2013 1:57:52 PM EST