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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: So far, Anderson girls (3-0) are untouchable

The Anderson girls’ basketball team has been dubbed the team to beat this year, and so far, no one has.

The Titans are 3-0 on the young season and have scored almost two and a half times the amount of points their opponents have put up.

On Thursday, Allen Park put up the biggest fight in a 61-40 victory for Anderson.

Senior center Tinara Moore put up a big fight all night and finished with a monstrous stat line of 27 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks to lead the victorious Titans.

Anderson started strong and allowed just one Allen Park field goal through the first quarter and went into the locker room with a 30-17 advantage at the half.

The Jags came out with the momentum in the second half for a third quarter that saw Ally Kubik and Casey Bowdell combine for 16 of the team’s 18 points. Moore’s 10 points in the third was enough to keep the Jags at bay, though.

Things got cold in the final quarter for the Jags and the team managed just five points.

Allen Park Coach Chuck Perez said his girls just weren’t patient enough in the first and fourth quarters.

“We really didn’t come out to play in the first, and I think overall, we were a little more patient in the middle two quarters,” he said. “We used more pass fakes and made better decisions, especially in the third. Overall, our transition just wasn’t as good to start and end the game.”

Southgate outscored the Jaguars 13-5 in the fourth quarter to shore up the 61-40 victory and improve to 3-0 on the season. Titans Coach Larry Sakalas said he was happy his team came to play against an Allen Park team that was also undefeated coming into the game.

“Allen Park is a very good basketball team,” he said. “It took us awhile to get our game going and we just gotta work on coming out of the locker room in the second half as energetic as we do to start games. Other than that I thought we played decent.”

Moore led Southgate in both points and rebounds and Amani Corley also played very well in the win, scoring 10 points with two three-pointers.

Bowdell finished the night with 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Kubick had 16 points.

Earlier in the week, Anderson knocked off Carlson 57-19 in league play.

Moore led the Titans with a triple-double of 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks, Laekyn Jaciuk finished with 15 points and eight steals and Corley had 12 points.

The Marauders were led by Jezri Rinehart with 11 points off the bench.

Roosevelt added two wins to its season with victories over Carlson and Melvindale last week.

The Bears started the week with a big 52-17 win over Melvindale.

The Bears jumped right out for a 20-2 lead at the half and built on that, taking a 30-5 advantage into the halftime break.

Melvindale managed to outscore Roosevelt 10-8 in the third quarter but another tough quarter in the final eight minutes and too many turnovers was too much to overcome.

Destiny Dunlap and Brittany White each scored five points for Melvindale in the loss.

Halie Fratangelo led the Bears with 17 points and four rebounds on the night.

Sydney Greene finished with 10 points six rebounds.

Two nights later the Bears knocked off Carlson 44-35 in what Coach Ron Adkins called a sloppy game.

Carlson Coach Phil Carlson said it was a much improved game for his team, following the loss to Anderson.

It was a tight contest until halfway through the final quarter when Roosevelt outscored Carlson 7-2 for the win.

Maggie Herman led the Marauders with eight points and Rinehart finished with seven.

“All in all, it was a much better effort,” Carlson said. “We showed a lot of hustle (and) we’re getting better every week.

“The girls aren’t quitting.”

Carlson said he would like to see his team become a little more consistent with their scoring, but said the defensive seems to be playing well.

“As long as we stay competitive and keep that up-tempo and energy we had against Wyandotte, I think we’ll be alright,” he said.

Roosevelt was led in the win by sophomore Alea Kainz with 10 points.

Greene finished with 10 points as well and brought down six rebounds. Tierney Ruinions led the team off the glass with 14 boards.

Allen Park stayed busy last week and had two wins to go along with the loss to Anderson.

Bowdell led the charge, scoring 10 points in the first quarter alone for a 20-3 lead after eight minutes against Lincoln Park.

The Rails turned things around and held the Jags in check the next three quarters, not allowing more than nine points in any quarter, but another three-point quarter was too much to overcome.

Bowdell finished the night with 8 points and four steals and Kubik had eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

Lincoln Park was led by Brianna Early with five points and seven rebounds.

The Jags capped the week with a crushing 51-18 win over in-city rival Inter-City Baptist.

The Chargers were undefeated coming into the contest, but they did not look like an unbeaten team against the Jags.

Inter-City was plagued by giveaways and Allen Park jumped to an early 16-2 lead after six different players contributed to the first quarter scoring.

The Jags cruised to a 26-9 halftime advantage before opening the floodgates in a very one-sided third quarter.

Erin Fish came up big with six points and steals turned into transition buckets helped Allen Park outscore the Chargers 17-2 in the quarter for a 43-11 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Inter-City Head Coach Nathan Chatfield said he thought his team’s massive amount of turnovers directly led to the loss.

“Not to take anything away from Allen Park, but we played poorly,” Chatfield said. “We did not rebound the ball nearly as well as we should have and then we turned the ball over 37 times. You’re not going to win any game in which you turn the ball over 37 times.

Perez was pleased with his team’s effort, bouncing back from the Anderson loss.

“I really liked how the girls played with intensity from start to finish,” Perez said. “They found a good balance between playing aggressively and playing smart. They took a lot of good shots, were active on defense and overall, I was really pleased with everything they did tonight.”

Fish led the Jags in scoring with 13 points and Casey Bowdell was right behind her with nine. Alyssa Saenz paced the Chargers with seven points and six rebounds. Inter-City narrowly edged Allen Park in rebounds, 24-23.

Allen Park hosted Truman last night and will travel to Roosevelt tomorrow. Anderson traveled to Roosevelt last night and will host Trenton tomorrow while Lincoln Park took on Woodhaven last night and will travel to Melvindale tonight and Carlson travels to Kennedy.

Last Updated: 12/17/2013 2:54:42 PM EST

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