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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Powerful Woodhaven toppled by University Liggett

Free throws can often be the difference in a game and that was exactly the case on Friday night in Woodhaven when the Warriors fell 56-48 to University Liggett.

The Warriors went 1-for-8 in the first half from the foul line and finished the night 5-for-14, while Liggett finished 14-for-21.

“That really hurt us,” Woodhaven Coach Doug Simons said. “You can’t shoot that and expect to win. Especially against that team. They’re a very good basketball team.”

Woodhaven took the first lead of the game with Allison Manning’s free throw attempt, but Liggett quickly took over and led 20-13 at the end of the first quarter.

The teams stayed close in the second quarter, but triples and free throws gave Liggett the upper hand, and they out shot the Warriors 15-14 for a 35-27 lead at the half.

Free throws improved in the second half and the Warriors went 4-for-6 and out shot their opponent 13-8 in the third quarter.

The score grew closer as the Warriors kept chipping away and they held Liggett scoreless until halfway through the third quarter.

At the 4:36 mark, Cassie Breen went two-for-two on free throw attempts to tie the game 35-35.

The teams tied again at 36-36 and Woodhaven took a 40-38 lead after Allison Manning’s three-pointer at the 3:15 mark, but Liggett finished with a three pointer of its own and led 43-40 after three.

The baskets were the same in the fourth quarter, but Liggett had the upper hand this time and secured their win.

Woodhaven was only down by three points, 51-48 with 1:23 to go, but fouls plagued the team and Liggett went 4-for-5 from the foul

line in the last minute of the game.

Simons thought his team may have been too excited for senior night after missing many open opportunities and also acknowledged that inconsistent rebounding and a lack of three-pointers, two things the team is well known for, didn’t help the case.

“We didn’t rebound the ball like we normally do. We normally rebound much better than that,” Simons said. “Sometimes you life and die by the three, and we kind of died by it tonight.

“(And) being a senior on senior night, their last home game, I thought they were almost too pumped.”

The Warriors only finished with five triples, something they have easily accomplished in games earlier in the season.

Breen led the team with her 12 points, including two triples. She also brought down six rebounds.

Brianna Brennan and Whitley Currie each had nine points. Currie led the team with her 15 rebounds, and Brennan finished with eight.

Liggett was led by Lauren Ristovski who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Jessica Rotzoll recorded 15 points and three rebounds.

Simons had mixed feelings on the loss.

“In a sense, we say it doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “But it does because that’s a good team you want to be able to compete with right before districts.”

The Warriors, who have been the dominant team Downriver all season, had to settle for a share of the DRL title last week after a loss to Anderson, and are now on a two game losing streak as they head into districts.

The team will face Roosevelt on Monday and should they win, will see rival Anderson again on Wednesday for the semi finals.

“We’re kind of in a slump right now,” Simons said. “(It’s) absolutely not a good time for that, but I don’t know. These girls always surprise me.

“There’s times where I walk into a game thinking ‘this is gonna be a long night’ and our girls play great. You just don’t know.”



Last Updated: 2/22/2013 11:34:11 PM EST

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