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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Warriors top Truman in a battle of undefeated DRL teams

It was a battle of undefeated Downriver League teams Thursday night, but the game was all Woodhaven’s as the Warriors dominated their way to victory.

The Warriors knocked off Truman 70-38 for a 5-0 league record, while the Cougars dropped to 4-1.

Truman took an early 2-0 lead when Judah Frazier scored the first points of the game, but it was the only time the team led throughout the night.

Cassie Breen tied things up with free throws and the Warriors never looked back, going on an 11-0 run to quickly take control of the game.

Free throws were huge in Woodhavne’s 24-12 lead after the first quarter. The Warriors went to the foul line 10 times in the first eight minutes and between Lyndsay Brennan and Breen, the pair put away eight of the shots.

The triples started showing up in the second and Woodhaven did not allow Truman to score a point until almost halfway through the second quarter. Big steals and timely blocks pushed the Warriors’ lead to 40-20 at the half.

In the second half the Warriors came out just as strong and held the Cougars to just six points. The fourth quarter was a closer battle as Truman put up 12 points to the Warriors’ 17.

Frazier led Truman, and all scorers for that matter, with 26 points. The senior accounted for 10 of the 12 points in the first quarter and all eight in the second.

Woodhaven was led by Hailey Leidel who finished the night with 21 points and seven rebounds. Breen had 15 points and Brennan and Allison Manning each chipped in seven.

As a team the Warriors were 11-for-16 from the foul line and shot seven triples.

“We had a lot of energy,” Woodhaven Coach Rodney Scharboneau said about the win. “It was a fun game (and) we had a good time.”

Scharboneau knew it would be a tough game with both teams being undefeated and each bringing different strengths to the court.

“We knew Truman was a good team and we wanted to stop up to the challenge,” he said. “We were both undefeated going in so it was exciting for us and them.

“It was a good game. They’re a tough team and they played hard.”

Every player on Woodhaven’s roster contributed in one way or another and Scharboneau said it’s been a continuous pattern for his team this season.

Truman Coach Chad Putnam expected it to be a good match up and said his team ran into come unexpected troubles.

“We got into a little bit of foul trouble and it became evident that our conditioning was not where it needs to be,” he said. “We have a tough time getting back into defensive transition and gave up easy baskets throughout the night.

“Obviously that’s something that we need to work on over Christmas to kind of get in shape as we attack the league season coming back from Christmas.”

Putnam said his team had been playing well heading into the contest, but said the better team won.

“Our game plan was to get to the basket and try to get easy baskets,” he said. “I think Judah did a good job of that tonight, we just needed a couple of our kids to pick her up and it just didn’t happen tonight.

“Woodhaven was obviously the better team and hats off to them.”

With each timeout, the Cougars focused on small frames of the game rather than the large picture.

“We talked about small victories; winning four-minute segments at times,” Putnam said. “I know there’s gonna be a time this year where we’re gonna need to win the last few minutes of the half. The game kind of got away from us a little bit, but we talked about winning small, little segments of the game.”

The Cougars are off until after the holiday break, while the Warriors will play a few non-league games over the break.

“We’ve got a couple tough games over Christmas and we’re gonna use those games to improve on a lot of things,” Scharboneau said. “We’ve gotta get better defensively.”

The Warriors take on Ford Academy on Dec. 28 and Farmington Hills North on Dec. 29.

Last Updated: 12/20/2013 2:37:40 PM EST

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