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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Anderson tops Roosevelt in Downriver League rivalry game

The Anderson and Roosevelt girl’s basketball rivalry is a long standing one and the teams did not disappoint Tuesday night as they battled all night on the court.

When the final buzzer sounded it was Anderson on the winning size of a 49-31 game.

The Titans started the scoring just four seconds into the night when Leah Malam knocked down two free throws. They dominated from there and took a 15-0 lead as five minutes passed before Roosevelt got on board.

Sydney Greene got the Bears’ scoring started, but it was just one of two field goals in the quarter as the Titans took a 22-4 lead after one.

The Titans saw six players contribute to the scoreboard in the quarter and Tinara Moore led the way with seven points.

Roosevelt bounced back in the second to outscore Anderson 17-12 with the help of some free throws. The Bears were nine-for-14 in the quarter and finished the night 12-for-26 from the foul line.

Alyssa Mascia was a perfect four-for-four and Nicole Ostrowitz was five-for-eight in the second eight minutes from the foul stripe.

The Titans took a 34-21 lead into the half and then had the momentum swing back their way in the third quarter.

It was another two field goal quarter for the Bears and the Titans added 11 points of their own, including four free throws for a 20-point advantage heading into the final quarter.

It was a low-scoring affair that the Bears won 6-4.

Anderson was held to just free throws but finished the quarter four-for-six for the win.

Anderson’s Laekyn Jaciuk led all scorers with 13 points on the night. Moore had 12 points, Amani Corley finished with nine and Leah Malam had five for the Titans.

“I thought that my big four; Leah, Amani, Laekyn and Tinara played outstanding,” Anderson Coach Larry Sakalas said. “Laekyn hit some big three’s (and) Amani had some big possessions.”

Roosevelt was led by Alea Kainz and Ostrowitz with seven points each.

Mascia finished with four points and Tara Poikey, Catherine Guckian and Greene all had three points.

Sakalas thought it was a typical rivalry game between the two schools.

“I thought it was a hard-fought game as usual,” he said. “Wyandotte and us are rivals and I thought it was a tough game.”

Sakalas was pleased with the strong start and said it is something his team has been working on.

“It’s good because we always wanna start with defense and rebounding,” he said. “Starting early and getting after it early and then after that, let the chips fall where they may.”

Roosevelt Coach Ron Adkins said his team did not necessarily play a bad first quarter, but rather had a tough time keeping up with Southgate.

“They came out early and just played perfect,” he said. “The first six minutes they played perfect.

“I told our girls at the half, we didn’t come out and play bad. They just came out and played really good.”

The Bears are a less experienced team, but Adkins was pleased with the effort.

“We’re an older team as far as grade goes, but we’re still a young team as far as playing with each other and getting used to playing with each other,” he said. “I like the test. I like that we didn’t quit and I like that everyone that went in the game played hard.”

Adkins said his team worked together to take care of the ball and slow down the mind game.

“We’re a very fast team, so they think they’ve gotta play fast all the time,” he said. “You don’t always gotta play a hundred miles an hour. It’s okay to break the press and save a possession.

“We’re getting better though and we’ll keep working.”

For Sakalas and his Titans, they will look to improve on second-quarter play.

“The second quarter seems to be our nemesis right now,” he said. “It’s just a matter of getting defensive again.

“We sometimes get back on our heels because we’ve got a big lead and we can’t do that.”

The win moved the Titans to 4-0 on the season and Sakals was pleased with the victory.

“It’s a win and it’s a win against our rival,” he said. “I thought all in all we played well.

“A win is a win and I’ll take it.”

The Titans are back on the court Thursday when they host Trenton. The Bears stay at home the same night to host Allen Park.

Last Updated: 12/20/2013 2:39:54 PM EST

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