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BASKETBALL: Edsel Ford, Truman advance to semi finals (VIDEO)

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The host Edsel Ford girls’ basketball team protected its home court against Lincoln Park in the first round of the district-tournament play Wednesday, beating the Rails 58-42.

The host team came back from an early deficit. At the end of the first quarter, Edsel found itself down 12-9. Lincoln Park’s lead was largely due to the early success of Lincoln Park senior guard Shanice Taylor.

“She’s one of the best players in our league and we are going to miss her,” said Lincoln Park coach Shaun Thacker. Taylor ended the game with 15 points, five rebounds and nine steals.

By halftime though, Edsel had regained the lead 28-24.

“Our full-court pressure wasn’t working, so once we pulled back on that, we were able to get some easy buckets,” said Edsel coach Janet Smith.

Leading the way for Edsel was Marisa Sauve. She flirted with a triple-double scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.

Also contributing to the win were sophomore Kennedy Rankin and freshman Jaida Futch.

Rankin finished the game with 18 points, eight rebounds, and seven steals. Futch had 13 points and five steals.

When the Thunderbirds got rolling, they never looked back. They finished the game strong with 14 points the fourth quarter and only allowed eight.

Edsel will now face Allen Park on Wednesday to determine who will play in the tournament final.

Truman 70, Wayne 50

The Truman girls’ basketball team advanced to the district semi finals with a 70-50 victory over Wayne Memorial on Monday night.

Wayne took an early lead and led 17-13 after the first quarter, but the Cougars responded well and led 31-21 at the half.

“In the first quarter, we had a few defensive breakdowns that led to easy Wayne Memorial baskets,” Truman Coach Chad Putnam said. “We started this game somewhat flat and eventually we were able to get organized and overcome our slow start.”

Truman increased the tempo in the second quarter and upped their defensive pressure to allow them their 10 point lead at the half.

The second half started with an inbound pass by Wayne which was stolen by Truman’s Judah Frazier who missed the layup.

Despite the missed shot, Putnam thought it set the done for the quarter.

“Even though Judah missed the layup to start the third quarter, I thought that her defensive effort set the tone for our play the rest of the third quarter,” Putnam said. “In the quarter, we were able to score 24 points by applying good defensive pressure and converting transition baskets.”

Putnam also believed that the third quarter was one of his team’s best quarters of the season.

In the final quarter, each team added 15 to their score, but it was Truman who walked away with the win.

Leading scorer April Micheaux led the team with 26 points and eight rebounds.

Frazier finished with 11 points and four steals. Victoria Fisher and Chelsea Bedwell led the team with 12 and 11 rebounds respectively, and each added four points.

Ciara Bush and Liaja Hodge finished the night with six points each, Kadie Lee had five points and four assists and Diamond Thomas recorded four points.

The Cougars also only had one personal foul in the first half of play.

Truman advances to play Belleville on Wednesday night.

Samantha Elliott contributed to this report

Last Updated: 2/27/2013 4:50:16 PM EST