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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Warriors cruise past Grosse Ile in season opener (PHOTO)

Lyndsay Brennan and the Woodhaven Warriors were too much for the Grosse Ile Red Devils in each team's season opener. Photo by Tom Alexander

Cassie Breen was lights out from the perimeter and Hailey Liedel took care of business down low for the Woodhaven girls’ basketball team on Tuesday night, and the result was a 70-44 win over Grosse Ile in each team’s season opener.

The Warriors drained 10 three-pointers on the night and Breen wasted no time getting the three-point party started, hitting two consecutive treys to start the game. Woodhaven went on to nail five three-pointers in the first quarter and really put the Red Devils away before they knew what hit them, going up 26-8 at the end of the first.

The Warriors scored 18 more points in the second quarter and took a 44-18 lead into halftime. They narrowly led the rebounding battle 12-10 at the end of two quarters.

Grosse Ile picked up the offensive pace in the third quarter, outscoring Woodhaven 13-12 and getting into the paint at will, but Liedel’s five second-half rebounds and tough interior presence proved to be too much for the Red Devils.

Grosse Ile Head Coach Sandy Tobin said her team struggled to defend Woodhaven so mightily mostly because of their youth.

“We’re young and the girls need to play a little bit stronger on defense so we’re not giving up so many threes,” Tobin said. “We came out slow tonight and never really recovered. We just have to keep going at it, keep going to the basket strong and keep growing as a team.”

The Red Devils actually tied Woodhaven 26-26 in points in the second half, but it was too little too late. The Warriors’ fast start and prowess behind the three-point line was what did Grosse Ile in on Tuesday night.

Woodhaven Head Coach Rodney Scharboneau said he thought the fast start his team got off to was crucial.

“We had great energy tonight and that’s really what I was hoping for,” Scharboneau said. “We wanted to play full court and get out and run and shoot and I was really happy with the way the girls’ responded.

“We shot the ball and had fun and that’s how we want to play.”

Liedel shined for the Warriors to the tune of 19 points and nine rebounds. Breen added 19 points of her own and hit four three-pointers.

Katie Tobin led the way for Grosse Ile in the scoring department, netting 15 points. Morgan Swick was a menace on the boards, pulling down seven rebounds to lead the Red Devils on the night. Grosse Ile will host their first home game of the season on Friday night against a Ladywood team that always plays them tough.

Now in the win column to open the year, Scharboneau’s Warriors will also play on Friday night when they take on Roosevelt.

Last Updated: 12/4/2013 5:05:14 PM EST

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