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Andrea Plemmons and the Grosse Ile Red Devils had the answer for every Carlson trap during a non-league victory over the Marauders in Gibraltar last Friday. Photo by Larry Caruso

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GIRLS' BASKETBAL: Grosse Ile beats Carlson; Titans suffer first loss (PHOTO)

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The Grosse Ile and Carlson girls’ basketball teams normally face off in a Christmas tournament each season.

The tournament did not happen this year but that did not stop the non-league rivals from tipping off at Carlson high school on Jan. 3.

A year ago, Grosse Ile topped the Marauders 49-34 and this year repeated as “champion” with a 46-20 victory.

A strong first quarter translated into a strong second and the Red Devils had the win before the halftime buzzer sounded.

Grosse Ile allowed just 10 points in the first three quarters alone and led 19-4 after the first quarter, 29-7 at the half and 42-10 after three.

The Marauders responded with their strongest effort in the fourth quarter, and outscored their opponent 10-4, but the game was too far out of reach.

High scorers for the Devils included Megan Swick with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists and Kate Tobin with nine points, six rebounds and four assists.

Margaret Esordi finished with two assists from the post.

The team has been seeing an abundance of scoring from a variety of players and Coach Sandy Tobin is more than pleased.

“I feel really fortunate to be able to coach a team that every single player contributes,” she said. “We have balanced scoring and rebounding. My posts are making numerous assists (and) they see the floor well and are team players.”

Tobin said her girls are a good group to work with and looks forward to the workload coming ahead as the season progresses.

“It is fun to show up every day with this group,” she said. “With that being said, we still have a lot of hard work to do and a lot of good teams to play.

“I hope we can become more disciplined and continue to move in the right direction.”

Grosse Ile hosts Airport in Huron League play on Thursday while the Marauders take on a strong Woodhaven team.

Titans fall

After a dominating start to its season, the Anderson girls’ basketball team suffered its first defeat at the hands of Eaton Rapids in the Motor City Roundball Classic.

Eaton topped the Titans 43-38 on Dec. 30.

The Titans were up 11-4 after the first quarter but foul trouble and a poor day of shooting became too much to overcome.

Eaton turned things around and won the second quarter 18-6 for a 22-17 advantage at the half.

“They really pounded it inside and we didn’t do a very good job of helping out inside defensively,” Coach Larry Sakalas said.

The Titans never gave up and kept putting themselves back in the game. Eaton went up by nine points at one point, but Anderson pushed its way back in to cut the deficit to one point.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump in the second half,” Sakalas said. “They’re a good team and they didn’t make any mistakes and we did in the second half.

“We didn’t really execute offensively.”

Even with the hope of an undefeated season now gone, Sakalas said it was made better by the fact that Eaton was such a strong team and is now ranked in the top-10 in the state.

“It’s not a good loss,” he said. “I don’t think there’s ever a good loss.

“I think the thing is, is here’s the top-10 team in the state that we competed with. It’s a good measuring stick game for us to see where we’ll relate to other teams in the state.”

Amani Corley led the team with 16 points on the day.

With the snow day, the Titans’ Tuesday game was canceled. Anderson will face Lincoln Park tomorrow before a big week next week against Truman and Woodhaven.

“Next week will be a tough week for us,” Sakalas said. “Truman’s good and obviously so is Woodhaven.

“We’re just gonna keep doing what we’re doing and keep focusing on the things that we can maintain and manage and not worry about what other teams are gonna do to us and just play our game. If we play our game we should be just fine.”

Last Updated: 1/7/2014 2:11:18 PM EST