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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Loss to Woodhaven is Truman's first setback (PHOTO)

The Allen Park Jaguars bounced back from a loss to Truman earlier in the week with a 56-39 win over Roosevelt two nights later. Photo by Larry Caruso

Truman lost its first game late last week, but won a decision over Allen Park on Dec. 17 and sits with a 4-1 record.

The week started with a 51-41 win over the Jaguars to keep Truman undefeated.

Truman saw a balanced scoring attack from four different players for a 14-9 lead after eight minutes.

Late in the quarter, it was an 11-9 game but Truman guard Ciara Bush made a three-point shot at the buzzer to extend the lead.

The Cougars got into foul trouble early when Judah Frazier picked up two fouls. Knowing it would be a close game, Coach Chad Putnam kept her in, but she picked up a third foul early in the second quarter.

Jewel Rubens replaced Frazier and the Cougars were forced to abandon their man to man defense and shift to a zone defense.

Mariah Hopkins added her own three-point shot at the end of the second for a 28-19 halftime lead.

Putnam was pleased with the first half work of his team.

“Judah is an important part of our offensive game plan. With Judah on the bench for much of the second quarter, it was important that we got offensive contributions from other players on the team,” he said. “Generally, Mariah does not score many points for our team. However, (she) was able to score six points in the second quarter and help us increase our lead.

“In addition, Jewel gave us quality minutes on the defensive end in the second quarter.”

Putnam said getting three-pointers at the end of each quarter was big in the close game.

“I was proud of the girls for recognizing the game clock at the end of both of those quarters and getting two quality last second shots that we were able to make.

“Both of those shots proved to be very important in the outcome of this game.”

Truman still led halfway through the third before Allen Park went on a run of its own to put the game within four points.

The Jags won the quarter 10-7 but Truman still led 35-29.

It was another close quarter in the final eight minutes and Truman won the quarter 16-12 for the win.

In the fourth quarter alone, Truman shot 19 free throws and made nine of them.

Caprice King was a perfect four-for-four in the quarter from the foul line.

On the night, the Cougars were 16-for-32 from the stripe and the Jags were 5-for-12.

“We did not shoot the ball well from the three-point range and had too many turnovers and only made five from the free throw line,” Allen Park Coach Chuck Perez said. “We struggled with foul trouble, but give Truman credit. They played a very good game.”

April Micheaux led all scorers on the night with a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds.

King had a double-double as well with 10 points and 14 rebounds, Frazier had 11 points, Bush finished with seven points and Hopkins had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Casey Bowdell led Allen Park with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Hailey Lazarek finished with 10 points and five rebounds and Hannah Holder and Erin Fish had seven points each.

Two nights later, middle quarters were the key in Allen Park’s 56-39 win over Roosevelt.

The Bears led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter after a slow start from the Jags but things got hot after the first eight minutes. Allen Park outscored Roosevelt 31-14 in the middle quarters for a 41-25 lead heading into the final quarter.

“I think the second and third quarters were key,” Perez said. “We scored 32 points to their 14.

“We played excellent defense and stayed out of foul trouble.”

The slow start was sparked by some nice assists from Aly Kubik and Fish. In the quarter, Audrey Newstead and Bowdell each put up eight points.

The third quarter brought a stingy Jaguar defense that only allowed the Bears to score four points.

Leading Allen Park was Bowdell with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals on the night.

Newstead finished with 10 points, Holder and Olivia Keeley each had seven points and Fish finished with six points, four assists and two steals.

Kubik had four points, two steals and two assists.

Allen Park is back on the court on Jan. 7 when the team hosts Woodhaven.

The Bears host Trenton the same night.

Melvindale girls went 1-1 last week, splitting league games.

The week started with a 47-25 loss to Kennedy.

It was a nice win for the Eagles who were without starting point guard Teressa Savastano. Freshman Rosemary Nnangobya filled in and had a good game, scoring nine points and recording three assists and three steals.

Asia Page led Kennedy with 20 points and eight rebounds and Daija Anderson finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

“It was nice to get our first league win under our belt, as well as getting Rosemary some experience playing at the point in Teressa’s absence,” Kennedy Coach Jeff Baum said.

For the Cards, Alonna Haynes led the way with 10 points and Caitlin Fitzpatrick had seven.

“Even though the score didn’t show it, our passing was a lot better and we got some easy baskets because of it,” Melvindale Coach Tom Schick said. “As lon gas we show improvement in any aspect of our game, I’m going to take it as a positive step toward our development.”

Two nights later the Cards topped Lincoln Park 44-26.

Haynes again led the way with 14 points followed by Maribel Perez with 10 and Courtney Waltonbaugh with seven points and eight rebounds.

Schick was pleased with the win and especially pleased with his team’s efforts.

“It was a total team effort with eight girls scoring points, but more importantly more girls wanted to step up and take a leadership role when they needed to and they were rewarded for their efforts,” he said. “We got off to a good start and my girls seemed to gain confidence as the game went on and worked their butts off to get the win.”

The Rails were led by Paige Llanes with 12 points. Olivia McKinney led the glass with 11 rebounds and finished with six points and Jaime Reyna had four points and three rebounds. The Rails host Anderson on Jan. 9 while Melvindale hosts Truman Jan. 7.

Last Updated: 12/23/2013 1:35:05 PM EST

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