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A week after their first DRL loss, the Anderson girls’ basketball team hosted neighboring Roosevelt in what most consider the biggest rivalry game in the league.

Anderson made sure everyone knew they were there to win by crushing their rival 53-21 Tuesday night.

Since losing to Woodhaven a week ago, the Titans have made it their mission to put nothing less than 100 percent effort into each of their games.

And put forth an effort they did.

The Titans took a 14-3 after the first quarter, and did not allow a Roosevelt field goal until 5:22 was left in the second quarter.

The basket was one of only five two-pointers the Bears would see during the game.

“That’s been our trouble all year,” Coach Ron Adkins said. “Putting the ball in the basket at times, (but) usually we don’t’ play four quarters not being able to put the ball in the basket.”

The Titans continued their strong play in the second half, outscoring the Bears 28-13 and going 10-for-18 from the free throw line, while Roosevelt went two-for-nine.

Coach Larry Sakalas thought it was his team’s best game so far this season.

“I think since we lost to Woodhaven, we understand that we cannot sit back and expect teams to wait on us and we came out and played really hard early,” Sakalas said. “I thought overall, this was our best game we played all season.”

The Titans busted through the gates early and the pressure seemed too much for Roosevelt to overcome.

“A team like that, once you give them momentum…once you miss shots…they’re good,” Adkins said. “I think our game plan was on. Everyone who hit the floor played hard.

“The only thing we talked about at half time is the effort was there in the first half and I told them that’s the only thing we can control. I wasn’t disappointed with the effort, I was disappointed with the results.”

The Bears did turn it up a notch in the second half, but a sloppy fourth quarter from both sides gave the Titans 10 shots at free throws.

“When you’re playing a rivalry game, it’s gonna get physical and chippy, especially with the score that it is,” Sakalas said. “But Wyandotte’s a good team. Ron’s a good coach and he does a great job with those girls.”

Anderson was led by Amani Corley who netted 13 points and grabbed two rebounds.

Lakeyn Jaciuk and Sarah Kircos each had 10 points and Tinara Moore led the team, grabbing 11 rebounds. Moore also finished with six points.

The Bears were led by Amelia Czarnota with six points and four rebounds.

As both teams continue through the season, they know how important wins are to stay near the top of the DRL.

The Titans will travel to Allen Park on Friday to take on the Jaguars.

“(We’re going to) try to beat Allen Park Friday,” Sakalas said. “They beat us last year and it’s a hard place to play.”

The Bears will face the task of trying to defeat the Trojans and get back to their winning ways after the tough loss.

“It makes Trenton a bigger game for us,” Adkins said. “Wyandotte-Southgate, Wyandotte-Trenton, it doesn’t matter now. From this point out, every game’s big and I hope our girls can bounce back and get it together.”

Last Updated: 1/21/2013 12:51:15 PM EST