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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Woodhaven, Carlson advance to district semifinals (PHOTO)

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After two straight losses, the Woodhaven girls’ basketball team got back to its winning ways in the first round of district pay with a dominating 51-24 victory over host Roosevelt on Monday night.

The Warriors broke out of the gate to take an 11-0 lead after the first quarter and turned it into a 22-5 lead at the half.

Roosevelt had a strong fourth quarter and outscored Woodhaven 14-12, but the gap was too big to close.

“We just didn’t score,” Wyandotte Coach Ron Adkins said. “They played hard. Woodhaven is a great basketball team.

“If you can’t score, then you’ve got a tough go at it.”

Both teams were held scoreless until the 5:22 mark of the first quarter when Brianna Brennan got the scoring started for the Warriors.

After that, it was all Woodhaven as the Warriors put in basket after basket, finishing the night with five triples.

The Warriors dominated both on the court and on the glass all night, bringing down 42 rebounds to the Bears’ 28.

Woodhaven Coach Doug Simons was pleased with his team’s rebounding efforts.

“We had talked about that all week because the last couple games we’ve done poorly and that’s our bread and butter.

“We’ve done poorly in the last four, five games so that was kind of our concentration coming in. Just be in the right spot, make sure we rebound the ball, let’s finish early. And I thought we did that.”

Simons was also pleased with the rhythm his team got in to during the game.

“We wanted a game where we wanted to get into a flow,” Simons said. “We kind of played conservative tonight, more so than we normally do.

“I really felt like we could beat them straight up, player for player (but) we didn’t want to get in foul trouble.”

The Bears finally got on board at the 4:55 mark of the second quarter when Amelia Czarnota netted a free throw to make it a 16-1 game.

Two minutes later Rachel Carley got the first field goal to make it a 16-3 game.

The Bears came out strong in the final quarter with Hailee Trombley leading the way with 9 points including a triple and going two-for-two from the foul line.

“Our whole motto was ‘give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter,’” Adkins said. “Be close enough in the fourth quarter to make a shot.

“I thought we attacked the basket (but) we just didn’t put the ball in the basket.”

Despite the loss, Adkins was pleased with his team’s effort, especially the play of his seven seniors.

Adkins said the second half was all senior effort.

“I thought it was their game to play out and that’s the way we went with it in the second half,” he said.

The Bears were led by Trombley with her 11 points and seven rebounds.

Czarnota finished with six points, including going four-for-six from the foul line.

As a team, the Bears finished seven-for-12.

The Warriors were led by Brennan and Whitley Currie with 10 points each.

Brennan brought down eight rebounds, while Currie finished with seven.

Allison Manning and Lyndsay Brennan recorded seven points each and Salina Shubik had five.

As a team, the Warriors went six-for-12 from the foul line.

With the win, Woodhaven advances to the semifinals on Wednesday in what most are calling the “game of the district.”

There they will meet big-time rival Anderson, who defeated the Warriors just over a week ago to take a share of the Downriver League title.

The two teams have used the other as a measuring stick and Woodhaven will be looking for revenge from the final DRL game of the season while the Titans will be looking for revenge after being eliminated by the Warriors last season.

“We do this every year,” Simons said. “We go back and forth with each other every year. That’ll be a great game. Our kids are really looking forward to it.”

Carlson 49, Kennedy 33

In the earlier game, the Carlson Marauders also advanced to the semi-finals with their 49-33 victory over Taylor Kennedy.

In what started out as a slow game, the Marauders only had a 5-4 lead after the first quarter and a 13-10 lead at the half.

“It was really a story of two halves,” Carlson Coach Phil Carlson said. “I think we tripled our output in the second half.

“It took us awhile to get going. I don’t know why. As a coach, it’s scary to watch a team let another team hang out for so long like that. But then we turned it on and I was pretty proud of them.”

The Marauders really turned things up in the second half and outscored their opponents 36-23 to secure their win.

Early in the third quarter, Kennedy’s Asia Page tied the game with a field goal and then gave the Eagles a lead with another field goal 20 seconds later.

But the lead was not long held and triples from Carlson’s Sarah Carlson and Brittany Gniewek quickly gave the Marauders a 20-15 advantage, which they never looked back on.

“(At halftime), we just said we need to pick our heads up,” Carlson said. “We’re a good team. Everyone in there looked like impending doom, heads were down.

“I gave the ‘let’s go get ‘em’ speech and they responded really well.”

Sarah Carlson dominated the offense scoring 31 points in the victory, 25 of them in the second half.

She also brought down five rebounds and went six-for-10 from the foul line.

Maggie Herman finished with seven points and four rebounds and Gniewek had five points.

The Eagles were led by Page with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Taylor Cole finished with eight points and three rebounds and Daija Anderson who has recently been pulled up, led the team with 12 rebounds to go with her three points.

Despite the loss, Kennedy never gave up and Coach Tish Martin was proud of her team.

“I feel like the girls played hard,” I think this was one of the best games of the year as far as the three quarters went.

“Just having a young team with two freshmen. I think that was it. A couple young mistakes (but) they never gave up (and) played hard.”

With their victory, the Marauders advance to the semifinals where they will face Riverview on Wednesday in the early game.

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 1:34:19 PM EST