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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Downriver League Roundup Two (PHOTO)

Amani Corley and the Anderson Titans dominated Melvindale in their season opener Friday. 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 Dec. 3, 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 20 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Breen added 19 points of her own and hit four three-pointers.

Manning finished with nine points and seven rebounds and Lyndsay Brenna had nine points.

Kate 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.

Each team went on to a victory on Friday night.

Woodhaven opened league play by knocking off visiting Roosevelt 64-38.

Leidel led the way again with her second double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Manning finished with 13 points and eight rebounds and Zakiya Robinson and Erin Marvaso each contributed eight points.

Grosse Ile was victorious over Livonia Ladywood 45-29.

The Red Devils jumped out to a 16-10 lead after the first quarter and only allowed five points in the middle quarters; one in the second and four in the third.

“It was great to see the girls take control of a game early in the season and have everyone contribute,” Tobin said. “I was also happy with the balanced scoring.”

Megan Swick led the scoring with 14 points. Margaret Esordi finished the night with nine, Morgan Swick added eight and Kate Tobin had seven.

The Devils host Dearborn tonight and stay at home Friday to open league play against Riverview.



Anderdson

With two of the top players in the state, Southgate Anderson (1-0) took no time in showing that to Melvindale on Friday night in the season opener for the Titans. Ranked 14th in the state, senior guard Amani Corley took control early, leading her team to a 58-16 win over the Cardinals (1-1).

The Titans went on a 10-0 run in the first two minutes of the opening quarter, with Corley racking up two of the first three buckets, along with an assist early. Corley finished the night with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Her counterpart, senior center Tinara Moore, who is also ranked in the top 100 in the state, racked up four points and at least two rebounds. Moore controlled the paint with her 6’4” frame, dishing it out to many of her teammates along the 3-point arc.

After the first quarter and a 24-7 lead, the Titans slowed down a bit, only notching 17 points in the second quarter, 13 in the third, and just four points in the final frame.

With a 41-12 lead at halftime, the Titans went into the locker room still looking to make improvements in their season opener. “One of the things at halftime we said we want to pick it up defensively,” said Anderson Coach Larry Sakalas. “Our motto this year is defense and rebounding. They made a mission that they didn’t want them to score in the second half and play as physical as we can defensively.”

The Titans did just that, only allowing four points in the second half; two field goals in the fourth quarter.

Despite getting outplayed, and all-around dominated by the Titans, Melvindale Coach Tom Schick was very upbeat about his team’s loss. “When you’re top 10 in the state, that’s just what’s going to happen,” said Schick, speaking of the Titans’ win. “I was really proud of my girls because they didn’t give up, all the way down to the end. They hung in there and they at least tried to accomplish things.”

Schick was proud that his Cardinals did not let their opponents intimidate them.

“They did not get timid against a superior team,” said Schick. “That was my main focus before the game. I don’t want them to be intimidated by anybody. You can’t get better if you’re intimidated. I was extremely pleased.”

Leading the way for the host Cardinals was junior forward Chelsie Thompson with six points. Also contributing was junior guard Maribel Perez who had five points and three rebounds, along with freshman forward Courtney Waltonbaugh who had two points and three rebounds.

Other than Corley and Moore, the points were spread around for the Titans. Senior forward Leah Malam had a strong first half, notching all nine of her points then, along with contributing four rebounds. Junior Mena Ames had nine points, while seniors Samantha Mazur and Celeste Black had six points apiece and one and three rebounds respectively.



Before falling to Anderson, the Cards opened their season with a 40-39 overtime win over Dearborn Fordson.

The Tractors led 15-11 at the half and 23-19 after three quarters, but Melvindale turned things around and put together the plays in the final quarter.

Freshman Danielle Tubbs hit a triple midway through the final quarter for a Melvindale lead and things continued to go back and forth.

In overtime, it was Alonna Haynes’ game. The junior guard did not miss a free throw in the fourth quarter or overtime and shot a perfect six-for-six to pull off the victory.

She led the way with 11 points on the night.

Tubbs finiehd with nine points, Chelsie Thompson had eight and Waltonbaugh finished with five.

The Cards took on Roosevelt on Tuesday and will travel to Trenton tomorrow. Anderson hosted Carlson on Tuesday and will host Allen Park tomorrow.



Roosvevelt

Before falling to Woodhaven, Roosevelt opened its season with a 39-28 victory over non-league Crestwood.

The Chargers started and finished strong but the Bears’ in between play is what allowed the win.

Crestwood took an early 5-0 lead before Roosevelt battled back for an 11-11 tie at the end of the first quarter.

Roosevelt allowed just three points in the second quarter, five in the third and eight in the fourth en route to the win. They led 21-15 at the half and really took off in the third, outscoring Crestwood 15-5.

Roosevelt Coach Ron Adkins thought his team played very well, despite some missed shots. “I thought we played well. We had a strong third quarter,” he said. “Not as many shots fell as we would’ve liked, but that’ll come.”

Sophomore Alea Kainz led the way for the Bears and finished the night with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and six steals.

Halie Frantangelo finished with nine points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal and Tara Poikey and Nicole Ostrowitz each finished with five points, three rebounds and two assists.

The Bears traveled to Melvindale last night and will stay on the road tomorrow when they go to Carlson.



Sports writer Samantha Elliott contributed to this report.





Last Updated: 12/10/2013 2:33:28 PM EST

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