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A week after their first DRL loss, the Anderson girls’ basketball team hosted neighboring Roosevelt on Jan. 15, in what most consider the biggest rivalry game in the league.

Anderson made sure everyone knew they were there to win by crushing the Bears 53-21.

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.”

But Friday night, the Bears were unable to bounce back and fell 46-35 to Trenton.

The Trojans, who are starting to put together a dangerous team jumped out of the gate and took a quick lead, up 17 at the half.

“I was very happy with how things played out on Friday,” Coach Rob Sauter said.

Earlier in the week, Sauter had talked to his team about how close the middle spots of the Downriver League have become.

“Last week we showed the girls where we were and talked about the importance of these two games,” Sauter said. “The girls seemed to really look at the importance of them.”

The Bears were undefeated just two weeks ago, making the win all the more important for Trenton.

Roosevelt did manage to outscore the Trojans in the second half, but an early 15-6 lead after the first quarter gave Trenton enough of a gap to ensure their win.

Sauter was pleased with his team’s balanced scoring and rebounding efforts on the week.

“We really out rebounded our opponents and that’s been one of our goals in each of the games and we’ve really done a great job of that,” he said.

The Bears pulled within six points late in the game, but the Trojans shifted their defensive ways and closed out the win.

Aevah Hebda really stepped up late in the game according to Sauter, and scored all of her points in the fourth quarter.

Hebda also took care of Roosevelt powerhouse, Trombley and held her scoreless in the fourth.

“We had to shift defenses because their two bigs were really hurting us,” Sauter said. “We had to shift to man and put Ava on her (Trombley) and that was the best I’ve seen Ava play.

“She just played great defense and was very intense.”

Stephanie Galczyk led the Trojans with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

“(They were) really trying to collapse on her and she did a good job of getting the ball out,” Sauter said.

Paige Machnacki recorded 11 points and eight rebounds, and Barb Czarnecki had her highest scoring game with nine points and four assists.

Shelby Kohler finished with three points and six rebounds and Rachel Arnold had four points and seven rebounds.

Earlier in the week, the Trojans defeated Truman, another tough Downriver opponent, 46-33.

In a pretty close game, Sauter’s team was able to extended their lead in the fourth quarter for the victory.

Truman did take an early lead, but the opening quarter ended with Trenton up 7-6.

The Cougars kept battling, shooting a three-pointer and making some free throws, but two missed technical fouls and not being able to convert a basket from a pass inbounds gave the Trojans a six point lead after the third quarter.

“At the end of the third quarter, we had a huge chance to get back into the game and cut into Trenton’s lead,” Truman Coach Chad Putnam said. “Micheaux made two important free throws but we missed the technical free throws and we did not get a productive possession after receiving the ball from the technical foul.

With three minutes remaining in the game, the Cougars were still only down by six points but were unable to complete the comeback after a failed lay-up from an open player and the Trojans held on for their victory.

“We had the momentum of the game on our side at that time and we were not able to convert that opportunity.”

Putnam felt his team missed many close shots and said their 23 percent field goal percentage reflected he team’s poor shooting during the game.

“The Downriver League is very competitive and we have to do a better job of converting our field goal attempts in order to win games in this league,” Putnam said. “Trenton had a solid game plan that they implemented and they did a good job of withstanding the runs we made during this game.”

Sauter was pleased with his team’s victory.

“We did a good job against some of their man pressure,” he said. “We were able to get the ball inside. Our seniors really stepped up.

“We knew coming in, we were gonna need them to really take charge.”

And take charge they did.

Galczyk ended the night with 19 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, while Machnacki had 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

“We moved Paige from post player to the two, which has kind of made scoring easier for her and has been good for us,” Sauter said.

Czarnecki finished the night with three points, six steals, five rebounds and five assists and finished this week with her two best games of the season according to Sauter.

“She played her two best games of the season as a point guard and is really kind of taking charge for us right now,” he said. “She’s really been handling the team’s pressure very, very well.”

Megan Benoist had four points and a really good all around game.

The Cougars were led by April Micheaux with her double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Chelsea Bedwell (eight rebounds) and Judah Frazier each had four points, and Diamon Thomas (three rebounds) and Ciara Bush finished with three points.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojans’ main focus was getting the ball to Galczyk who finished the fourth quarter with eight points.

“We weren’t handling the pressure as well (and) we just needed to make a lot better decisions with the ball in the fourth quarter and be a little more patient,” Sauter said.

The Trojans will now look to the rest of their season where they hope to stay near the top of the highly competitive Downriver League.

Last night the team faced Allen Park and Friday they will travel to Melvindale.

The Jags beat Trenton last season in a very close game and the Trojans headed in to the match-up with no practice time since their win over the Bears.

But Sauter doesn’t seem worried. His team is small, only eight girls, but they are a close knit team and everyone has been contributing their fair share.

“We’ve been getting good flow,” Sauter said. “Everybody is really stepping together and playing well defensively.

“The nice thing about having a smaller team is that everybody really is important to the team. We’re just lucky that we have a really, really close knit group of kids.”

After defeating the Bears in their rivalry game, the Titans went on to crush a strong Allen Park team 60-31 Friday night.

Anderson took an early lead and outscored the Jags 36-9 in the first half after a 16-2 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

“We came out and we had a really, really good first quarter,” Sakalas said. “We’re trying to get off to a fast start because we want to be able to match team’s intensities from the get-go and we did a really nice job of that on Friday.”

The Titans ironed out some issues they had been dealing with and Sakalas said the intensity and win over Roosevelt helped boost his team’s momentum.

“I told the girls that’s the kind of intensity you need to bring every night,” Sakalas said. “(You) need to do that in order to be successful. I think that win over Wyandotte really helped.”

The Titans went improved off of their previous games and went nine-for-14 from the free throw.

“That’s much more acceptable than we have been,” Sakalas said. “We’ve been working on it at practice and the girls are taking it to heart that it’s an opportunity for free points.”

Anderson was led by Corley with 20 points and six rebounds and Moore with her double double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. She also added six blocks.

Allen Park, who everyone looks to as a challenge, battled hard but was unable to close such a large gap.

“Southgate is a very good team,” Coach Chuck Perez said. “They scored 40 points inside the paint, played excellent defense, and wanted to win more than we did.”

The Jags did outscore the Titans in the final quarter, but poor shooting in the first three were too much to come back from.

Allen Park finished the night shooting 12-for-59 from the field and five-for-18 from the free throw line.

“They beat us in every aspect of the game,” Perez said. “(But) our girls did not give up and played strong until the final buzzer.”

Earlier in the week, the Jags dominated Taylor Kennedy in a 63-22 victory.

Allen Park jumped out right off the bat and took a 20-8 lead after the first quarter, and then extended it to 30-12 at the half.

The Jags’ defense held the Eagles to just 10 points in the second half and their offensive efforts of 33 points in the second half secured their victory.

“The girls played solid defense and had a very good night putting the ball in the bucket,” Perez said.

The team was led by Kailee Paris with 16 points.

Casey Bowdell led in rebounds with 16, and also contributed nine points.

Hannah Holder recorded nine points, five rebounds and four steals, Hailey Lazarek had eight points and four steals and Olivia Keeley had seven points and six rebounds.

Erin Fish contributed six points and went six-for-six from the line.

Kennedy Coach Tish Martin said the game was a real tough matchup for her team.

The Eagles were led by Asia Page with her double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

This week the Jags will work towards keeping themselves in the top half of the Downriver League.

Last night the team traveled to Trenton and they will host Lincoln Park on Friday.

“We have a very important week,” Perez said. “We must win out to help ourselves in the first half of our league standings.”

The Titans will try to extend their win streak this week with games against Carlson and Kennedy.

Last night the team played the Marauders and Sakalas expected a good game.

“We’re gonna have to play well to sustain them,” he said. “We’re just trying to bring out intensity early and just continue to do that.”

After facing the Jags, the Eagles took on a tough Carlson team and fell 51-39.

“The girls played much better but still have a long way to go,” Martin said.

Carlson had an 18-4 lead after the first quarter and extensive help from the bench helped to secure their victory.

Despite only going three-for-18 from the free throw line, the Marauders had enough two-point field goals to secure their victory.

Guards Sarah Carlson and Kristina Poole each had 18 points on the night.

Coach Carlson’s plan is to always have his guards attack the net.

“I like our guards to attack the net,” he said. “We’re not a three-point shooting team, we attack the net.”

The Eagles were led by Page with 23 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

Kennedy faced Lincoln Park last night and will host Southgate on Friday.

Three nights before defeating Kennedy, the Marauders bested Lincoln Park 48-34.

Carlson said his team started out slow and only held an 18-12 lead after the first half.

After a poor third quarter from the Marauders, Lincoln Park had a two point lead, but Carlson outscored them 11-6 in the final quarter for the win.

“I told them we need to bear down and start playing hard,” Carlson said. “(We) should never take any team lightly.

“(I said) it’s time to play Marauder basketball. And they did.”

Sarah Carlson led the team once again with 23 points and Poole added 12.

The Rails were led by Olivia McKenney who played her best game of the season according to Coach Shaun Thacker. She finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Shanice Taylor had seven points, six rebounds and six assists, and Deja Allen played a great defensive game for the team.

“We have a lot of tenth graders playing on this team and they are getting better every time we play,” Thacker said. “We just have to learn how to finish games out.”

On Friday night, the Rails played a hard fought game against Melvindale but the Cardinals prevailed 48-35.

“We were winning most of the game and just went cold in the fourth quarter,” Thacker said. “We fought til the end, but couldn’t hang on.”

The win gave the Cardinals their second win of the season.

“Lincoln Park played hard and did a great job of getting the basket against us,” Melvindale Coach Tom Schick said. “We didn’t play good help defense for the first three quarters and they took advantage of their opportunities.”

The Rails had a 30-27 lead going into the final quarter, but Melvindale’s Auriel Harris was not going to let her team give up and took control in the fourth.

Harris finished with a team high 27 points, 14 of them in the fourth quarter.

She also finished 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the final quarter to put the game out of reach.

Paige Filipowski recorded 11 points and Caitlin Fitzpatrick finished with eight points.

“(They) both stepped up big tonight by making their shots when they got opportunities,” Schick said.

The Rails were led by Taylor with 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Paige Llanes also had a strong game with seven points.

Last night Lincoln Park hosted Kennedy and will travel to Allen Park on Friday.

The Marauders will face a big week when they meet Anderson and Woodhaven.

The Warriors are still holding their own at the top of the Downriver League and Coach Carlson’s only hopes are that his girls do not go into the game already defeated.

“As long as we play hard and well, I’ll be happy,” he said. “I’m gonna be disappointed if the girls’ give up or go into the game nervous.”

Carlson is looking forward to how his team responds after three wins in a row and knows that the Southgate matchup will be a good game with both teams riding off big wins the week before.

“We’re starting to come around and the attitudes are a lot better on the team,” Carlson said.

Before their win on Friday, the Cardinals were trounced 68-34 by the DRL undefeated Warriors.

Woodhaven jumped out of the gate and took a 42-10 lead at the half.

Schick knew how tough the game would be and said the Warriors create matchup problems everywhere.

“Try to take away the outside shot and they go inside. Try to take away the inside play and they hit threes,” he said. “So it’s pick your position.”

Harris dominated the Cardinal offense and finished the night with 23 points.

“My girls played hard the whole game, which is a testament to their working hard to get better,” Schick said. “If you watched the game, they played hard until the game ended and as a coach that’s the effort I want from my team.”

The Cardinals traveled to Taylor last night to take on Truman and host Trenton on Friday.

After defeating the Cardinals, the Warriors continued their dominating season and went on to defeat Taylor Truman 77-30 Friday night.

The Warriors’ full court pressure and depth made the difference in the game, but Woodhaven coaches gave the Cougars credit for playing hard the whole game and never giving up.

Leading the Warriors in scoring was Brianna Brennan with 16 points.

Cassie Breen followed with 15 points and seven assists. Whitley Currie added 14, Salina Shubik recorded eight and Hailey Liedel scored six.

Natalie Frensley and Lyndsay Brennan each contributed five points.

The Warriors traveled to Roosevelt last night for their only game of the week.

Last Updated: 1/22/2013 1:21:14 PM EST