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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Titans, Warriors still lead the Downriver League (PHOTO)

Maggie Herman and the Carlson Marauders earned their first victory of the year with a 32-25 decision against Trenton last week. Photo by Larry Caruso

With a few league games under each team’s belt, Anderson and Woodhaven remain the only unbeaten girls’ basketball teams in the Downriver League.

After knocking off league-rival Roosevelt early in the week, the Titans went on to breeze past Trenton 55-33.

Anderson jumped out to another early lead and led 20-4 after the first quarter.

The teams tied 9-9 in the second quarter, but Anderson Coach Larry Sakalas said he was still pleased with the effort.

“We just couldn’t make any shots,” he said. “We had great looks; they just weren’t falling.

“Defensively, we did really well and rebounded really well.”

The Titans took the 29-13 lead into the halftime and coasted from there to the victory that saw everyone get court time.

Despite the loss, Trenton Coach Rob Sauter said he was pleased with his team’s effort.

“I saw some really good things from us in that game,” he said. “I thought we competed until the end.

Sauter said he had a few players step up during the game.

Kaylie Crowell played well and Briana Plonka had her best game of the season.

Plonka finished with five games and had a good defensive game in the second half.

Vanessa Litchard finished the game with four points and four rebounds and Lizzy Olds had five points, four rebounds and three steals.

“For the freshmen (they were) competing against some very, very good players,” Sauter said. “They’re really never done that before.

“I was just happy with how they competed.”

Sauter said going forward, he is pleased with his team’s ability and said the team will be back to full strength after the holidays.

“I’m excited,” he said. “We practiced well Wednesday and yesterday.”

Anderson was led in the game by Tinara Moore with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Leah Malam finished with 11 points and eight rebounds and Amani Corley and Laikyn Jaciuk each finished with eight points.

Over the break, the Titans host their own holiday classic and then play in the Motor City Roundball Tournament before diving back into league play.

“Our schedule definitely toughens up over the next week or so,” Sakalas said.

Over the break the team will see River Rouge, Warren Regina and Eaton Rapids.

Woodhaven kept its season undefeated by knocking off previously undefeated Truman last Thursday.

The Warriors started the week with a 59-20 win over Lincoln Park.

Hailey Leidel led Woodhaven with 14 points.

Cassie Breen was not far behind with 11 points, Emma Sikina finished the night with eight and Erin Marvaso and Allison Manning recorded six points each.

Lyndsay Brennan added five of her own in the win.

The Trojans started the week with a loss to Carlson.

The Marauders won the 32-25 decision, the team’s first win of the year.

It was a tough game for Trenton and Sauter said the team shot poorly and Carlson played much harder.

Carlson used a big fourth quarter and outscored its opponent 14-5 for the win.

The Marauders only led by one point (9-8) after the first and one point again (16-15) at the half.

Trenton had a 20-18 lead after three before the Marauders took the win.

Aevah Hebda led the Trojans with eight points and also brought down four rebounds.

Litchard had six points and Shelby Kohler led on the glass with 12 rebounds.

Crowell chipped in five points and six rebounds.

Carlson finished the week with a 52-33 loss to Kennedy.

Carlson led by two points (9-7) after one and had a 16-14 halftime lead before a big second half propelled the Eagles to victory.

Kennedy came out strong on the second half, outscoring Carlson 38-17 for the win.

Strong defense led to easy scoring opportunities for the Eagles.

“We were able to get out in transition by doing a nice job playing defense and rebounding,” Kennedy Coach Jeff Baum said. “The second half was our best defensive effort of the season. We played with a lot of energy (and) it was a very nice team-win before Christmas break.”

Daija Anderson led the Eagles with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Asia Page had a double-double of her own with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Mary Chambers finished with eight points, five rebounds and five steals.

“The kids did a nice job overcoming a slow start and worked hard defensively in the second half,” Baum said. “We did a nice job keeping Carlson off the offensive glass and did a nice job looking for each other in transition.”

The Eagles are now off until Jan. 6 when they take on Anderson.

Last Updated: 12/23/2013 1:49:07 PM EST

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