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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Woodhaven secures second-straight district title (PHOTO AND VIDEO)

The Woodhaven Warriors added to their trophy case, which already includes a share of a DRL title, but claiming their second straight district title.

Two weeks after securing a share of the Downriver League championship, the Woodhaven girls’ basketball team won their Class A district for the second consecutive year.

The Warriors defeated Gibraltar Carlson 62-29 Friday night in Wyandotte.

Things started unusually slow for the Warriors, but they held on for a 14-9 lead after the first quarter.

“I thought the first quarter was a little slow (and) we were a little sluggish,” Woodhaven Coach Doug Simons said. “But give credit to Carlson for being ready to play.”

But after a quick break, the Warriors got their game going and went on a 22-4 run for a 36-13 lead at the half after Cassie Breen’s three-point basket as the buzzer sounded.

“After we talked to them a little bit between quarters, I thought they started to get going,” Simons said. “People started jumping passing lanes (and) we started doing a much better job.

“Once we start shooting the ball well from the outside, then they really get into the flow.”

In the middle quarters, Woodhaven outscored Carlson 38-9 and saw scoring from six different players in both the second and third quarters.

The Marauders outscored the Warriors 11-10 in the final quarter, but the gap was too big to close and the Warriors held on for the championship.

Despite the loss, Carlson Coach Phil Carlson thought his girls played well and worked hard.

“I’m really proud of my girls,” he said. “We played hard. To get to the show is a big thing for us.

“They worked hard. I’ve got great kids too. That’s the best part. I told them before we played (that) you guys are winners to get here.”

The Marauders knew Woodhaven would be a tough opponent, but never gave up during the contest.

“Woodhaven’s a great team,” Carlson said. “We knew coming in it was gonna be tough. I told them just don’t give up and play them hard. And we did.

“It was a good year for us.”

Simons was pleased with his team’s performance, especially their rebounding.

The Warriors finished with 43 rebounds to Carlson’s 29.

“We thought we’d have an advantage on the boards,” Simons said. “We thought we’d have an advantage on the boards. We thought we’d have our two or three bigs I didn’t think they could really match up with.

“And for our rebounds, they finished the offensive rebounds. Not just threw them up, but actually scored on them.”

Simons was especially pleased with the play of Whitley Currie and said she was his player of the game.

“I thought the player of the game was Whitley Currie,” he said. “In that first half, her rebounding just broke this game open.”

Woodhaven assistant Coach Mike Brennan has been coaching the majority of the team since they were in fifth grade and is proud of his team both on and off the court with their efforts in games and in the community.

Brennan knew how much the win and advancement meant to the seniors and reminded the seven girls of that this week.

“We reminded them of the time they’ve put in,” Brennan said. “All the work they’ve done. And to not let that go to waste.

“They’ve worked very hard for a long time in the weight room and on the track. And now it’s time for the payoffs. I think they deserved tonight.”

Brennan said the best part is that with the win, the team still has another week together.

“I think the best part is we get to practice another week,” he said. “We get to practice another time in our gym.

“That’s the best part. More time with them because they’re great kids.”

The Warriors saw scoring contributions from 10 players over the course of the game.

Currie led all scorers with her double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Breen followed close behind with 12 points to go with her three rebounds.

Brianna Brennan recorded nine points and six rebounds, Breen had 12 points and three rebounds, and Lyndsay Brennan had seven points and four rebounds.

Allison Manning (six rebounds) and Hailey Leidel each finished with five points, Salina Shubik (five rebounds) had four points and Stephanie Suter had three.

Miranda Ratusznik was called up from the JV team and recorded two points on the night.

The Marauders were led by Sarah Carlson with 11 points and four rebounds.

The points put Carlson at 61 points in three games this week.

Maggie Herman (five rebounds) and Kerstyn Comerzan (three rebounds) had four points each, Becca Browning (five rebounds) and Paige Blakeslee had three points and five rebounds and Stephanie Gubics, Elise Craid each finished with two.

With the win the Warriors advance to Tuesday’s regional quarter-finals against Saline.

Simons told his team to be excited for Saline, but not to let the district win be lost on them.

“I know our goal this year was to go to Saline, (but) it’s still a special thing to win two districts in a row,” he said. “There’s teams like Southgate and these other teams that are out of this tournament right now, so don’t take this lightly.

“This is not just one step to get to where we need to be, it’s a huge step. It’s hard. For years we went with no even possibility to even win a district (and) now we’re expected to. I want them to appreciate that, especially the seniors.”

The Warriors play Tuesday night at 7 pm at Saline.



Last Updated: 3/4/2013 4:25:01 PM EST

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