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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Unbeaten Woodhaven lighting up scoreboards

Just three games into the season the Woodhaven girls’ basketball team has scored almost 200 points and remain unbeaten in the young season.

On Dec. 10 they added another notch in the win column with a 57-14 rout of Trenton in a Downriver League match up.

The Cassie Breen show started right away as she led the Warriors to a 20-4 lead after just one quarter, putting up three of her night’s five triples.

Hailey Leidel was just behind with five points in the opening quarter and the two dominated the floor all night putting up basket after basket.

Trenton put up a good fight early, but the deficit got to be too much to overcome in the end.

Aevah Hebda dominated the glass in the first half, bringing down 10 boards to help the Trojans’ cause.

Seven triples from the Warriors in the first half alone helped the team to a 34-10 advantage at the half and they cruised from there.

Trenton’s only point of the third quarter came from a Kaylie Crowell free throw.

The fourth quarter brought a running clock and the lowest scoring quarter for the Warriors who put up five points to Trenton’s three.

Early on, Satuer thought his team played a better game.

“I honestly thought we came out and played well early, we just didn’t finish the process,” he said. “All the things we asked them to do they did, other than we just really struggled with our shooting.

The Warriors did put up good numbers in the team effort. Every player on the roster contributed in one way or another in the victory.

Breen led all scorers with 19 points and six rebounds. Leidel was just behind with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Allison Manning and Kacey Cassette each had five points and Manning finished with 10 rebounds.

The Warriors put up 10 triples in the win.

Trenton was led by Crowell with five points and seven rebounds.

Briana Plonka had three points and one rebound and Izzy Olds, Shelby Kohler and Hebda put up a basket each.

Hebda finished with 10 rebounds before sitting the second half for an injury and Kohler brought down five boards.

Woodhaven added to its win streak with a 69-35 victory over Kennedy two nights later.

Both Scharboneau and Kennedy Coach Jeff Baum said the Eagles played a great first half.

“It was a good game in the first half as Kennedy was playing us very tough, but we were able to take control of the game in the second half and eventually pulled away,” Scharboneau said.

Despite turning the ball over 18 times in the first half, Kennedy was only down by five at the half, but more turnovers in the second half and Warrior pressure became too much to overcome.

“Their pressure got to us in the second half and we gave them way too many opportunities with our turnovers,” Baum said. “Woodhaven is too good offensively to give them that many extra opportunities (and) they made us pay for our turnovers.”

Baum said he was pleased with his team for putting together a good half and said they will work on finding consistency as the season progresses.

The highlight for the Eagles was Asia Page who put up 15 points and brought down 9 boards.

The Warriors were led by Leidel with 22 points, six rebounds and six steals. Breen finished with 17 points and Manning had 16.

Two nights earlier, Kennedy fell to in-city rival Truman 39-32.

Things started slow and the teams battled to a 6-6 tie after one quarter.

The Eagles held Truman to just two field goals in the first half on the way to an 18-12 lead at the half.

“In the first half of this game, Kennedy really outplayed us and did a good job of preventing us from scoring,” Truman Coach Chad Putnam said. “Overall, they got the majority of loose balls and they did a much better job of rebounding the ball than we did.

“At halftime, I challenged the team to match Kennedy’s intensity and they did a good job responding to that challenge.”

The Cougars quickly tied things up after the half with three early baskets and took a 25-24 lead going into the final quarter.

Truman’s third quarter was highlighted when the team was able to keep Page scoreless.

Timely shots and free throws proved to be the difference in the game.

The Cougars were 13-for-19 from the foul line while the Eagles were 0-for-2.

Baum said his team simply ran out of steam and did not respond well to Truman’s second-half pressure.

“Our kids played hard and just made some mistakes early in the third quarter that let Truman take back control of the game,” Baum said. “I like the way our kids competed and are showing improvement each game.”

Page led Kennedy with 8 points and six rebounds and Mary Chambers, Teressa Savastano and Daija Anderson each put up six points on the night.

Truman had four players account for the night’s scoring.

Judah Frazier led with 17 points and three steals and was seven-for-nine from the free throw line.

April Micheaux finished the night with 12 points and eight rebounds and was four-for-six from the foul line. Caprice King had six points and five rebounds and Ciara Bush had four points and three assists.

Truman pushed its season to a perfect 4-0 with a 64-37 league win over Lincoln Park last Thursday.

The Cougars took an early lead, led 14-7 after one quarter and never looked back.

Frazier and Micheaux dominated the court all night and the two accounted for 17 of Truman’s 19 points in the second quarter alone.

In the final quarter, Putnam rotated his seven reserves into the game and Mauricsa Dillard and Brianna Dixson both scored three points.

Putnam was pleased with the performance of both Frazier and Micheaux as well as the bench.

“For the most part, every player that came off the bench did a good job defensively and they were in the right spots as we worked through our offensive sets,” he said. “As a team, our success will be tied to how well our bench players can contribute.

“In this game, I saw tremendous growth from those players and I am sure it will help their confidence as we continue through our schedule.”

Frazier finished the game with 24 points, a career high, and seven rebounds.

Micheaux had a double-double with 24 points as well, and 13 rebounds.

Paige Llanes led the Rails with 15 points on the night.

After falling to Woodhaven, Trenton got back in the win column with a 49-27 victory over Melvindale.

The Trojans came out and played a strong defensive game, led by Izzy Olds who led with seven steals and put good pressure on the ball.

Sauter said his team is getting better with each game and says they have to just continue moving in that direction.

“I really liked our defensive effort on Thursday night,” he said. “I’m really hoping that we’re gonna build off of that first quarter on Tuesday and the whole game on Thursday.

Kaylie Crowell led the effort with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Hebda, back from her injury finished the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her own double-double.

Shelby Kohler finished with five points and 11 boards and Kallie Korndorfer had six points and two rebounds off the bench.

Melvindale was led by Courtney Waltonbaugh with 10 points and Maribel Perez finished with nine.

Melvindale Coach Tom Schick is pleased with the effort of the two.

“Courtney is only a freshman and she’s fitting in nicely and as she continues to work hard, there is nothing but an upside for her,” he said. “Maribel is a four-foot, eleven junior might be short in stature, but she has a huge heart and competitive desire to improve (and) is quickly becoming one of my much needed floor leaders.”

The Cards took on Kennedy yesterday and will host Lincoln Park tomorrow.

Trenton hosted Carlson last night and will travel to Anderson tomorrow while Woodhaven hosted the Rails last night and will travel to Truman tomorrow.









Last Updated: 12/17/2013 2:54:58 PM EST

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