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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Roundup



The snow and bitter cold canceled most game action last week, but local girls’ basketball teams were able to sneak in a few games before the week was up.

Anderson and Woodhaven remained undefeated in the Downriver League to set up a big Thursday match up this week between the rival teams.

Anderson knocked off another Downriver League foe in the form of Lincoln Park in a 54-26 game on Thursday evening.

The Titans took care of things early with a 25-10 lead after the first half and allowed jut 10 points the entire second half in the win.

Laekyn Jaciuk led the way with 19 points on the night and also brought down eight boards.

Leah Malam led on the glass with 10 rebounds and also scored three points.

The Titans are suffering from some injuries, but strong work off the bench secured the win.

“We still have a very solid team,” Coach Larry Sakalas said. “I have a lot of girls that can step up and play a role and have no problem with it.”

Sakalas was pleased with the work of Celeste Black and Andrea Thornsberry off the bench.

Black scored eight points and brought down four rebounds while Thornsberry handed the ball well and played point guard, finishing the night with strong defense.

Going forward, Anderson faced a big week in a strong Truman team last night and an undefeated Woodhaven team tomorrow night.

“It’s just a big week and I really think Truman’s a very good basketball team and we’re gonna have to play very well to beat them and so is Woodhaven,” Sakalas said. “Chad does a really nice job over at Truman and Rodney’s doing a really nice job at Woodhaven.”

Going forward, the Titans are not looking to change much.

“We’re gonna do what we always do and just be aggressive,” Sakalas said. “We’re not gonna change anything. We’re gonna play hard and play good defense and concentrate on rebounding.”

Woodhaven stayed undefeated with a big 44-8 win over Melvindale.

Alonna Haynes led the Cardinals with six points.

“We just didn’t play well and didn’t accomplish the things we wanted to do and talked about in practice,” Melvindale Coach Tom Schick said. “I take responsibility for our play and we need to get back into the gym to continue to work.”

Schick said the team will look to improve on keeping the ball and controlling the tempo of the game.

“Patience is the key to learning a difficult aspect of the game,” he said. “(Woodhaven) did a great job putting pressure on us and they came out shooting well from the floor and putting us on our heels that we couldn’t recover from.”



Cougars win

Truman moved to 5-1 in the league with a 54-38 win over Carlson on Friday night.

The Cougars took care of things early and led 14-6 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 26-17 at the half.

With three minutes to go in the opening quarter Truman led 12-2, but Carlson’s Maggie Herman stole the ball with five seconds to go and made the field goal to cut the lead.

Judah Frazier accounted for seven of Truman’s 14 points in the quarter.

In the second quarter, Truman saw scoring from five different players and in the third, applied full-court defensive pressure and converted Carlson turnovers into points.

Because of the weather, the Cougars had not practiced in a week and had not played a game since Dec. 19.

“With that being said, I thought the girls did a good job of playing together in this game,” Coach Chad Putnam said. “It was nice to get off to a quick start by scoring off of the tip three seconds into the game and the girls did a good job of executing our out of bounds plays early in the game.

“We have talked about the importance of executing those situation based plays and the team responded by scoring some points in those situations during this game.”

It was the first time this season that Putnam alternated his lineup and Quartney Alchin and Brianna Dixson both started in their first game of the season and provided the team with quality minutes.

“Throughout the game as a coach, I saw good contributions from many players,” Putnam said. “In addition to Quartney and Brianna, we also got quality efforts from Mauricsa Dillard and Jewel Rubens.”

Rubens finished with a career-high five points in the game.

The team was led by Frazier with 16 points, six steals and four assists as well as April Micheaux with a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Ciara Bush also had a career-high in points with 13 and also had four assists.

Alchin and Mariah Hopkins each had two points and Hopkins finished with seven rebounds.

Despite the loss, Carlson Coach Phil Carlson was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We probably played one of our best games all year,” he said. “We played pretty well.”

Carlson took on Lincoln Park on Monday and Woodhaven last night and will travel to Melvindale tomorrow.

Truman was at Anderson last night and will host Roosevelt tomorrow.

Roosevelt added another win to its season with a 54-38 decision over Kennedy.

The Bears used a strong first half to get the win. Roosevelt led 16-4 after the first quarter and 30-6 at the half en route to the victory.

The second half was a much closer 24-22 affair in Roosevelt’s favor, but the early lead helped seal the win.

It was an all around team effort for the Bears who saw scoring from 12 of the 13 players.

Tara Poikey led the way with 9 points and brought down two rebounds.

Halie Fratangelo finished with six points and three rebounds and Alea Kainz, Veronica Czarnota, Nicole Ostrowitz and Katie Guckian each finished with five points.

Kainz led the glass with six rebounds.

Roosevelt took on Lincoln Park last night while Kennedy traveled to Trenton and will stay on the road against Allen Park tomorrow.



AP wins fourth

Allen Park got its fourth league win of the season with a 54-34 win over Trenton last week.

The Jags led 15-9 at the end of the opening quarter and 32-12 at the half.

Trenton outscored Allen Park 11-8 in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough for the comeback.

“I thought Allen Park played very well and very physical and we did not match their physicality,” Trenton Coach Rob Sauter said.

Allen Park started with good defense and was led by Erin Fish who scored nine points in the first quarter alone.

Fish added another nine in the second quarter and the defense stood tall again, holding Trenton to just three points.

Hailey Lazarek hit eight points in the first four minutes of the third quarter to help ensure the lead.

Sauter said his team talked about changes at the halftime, and did play a better second half, but couldn’t get the win.

“We just talked about doing the things that we were supposed to do, which was protecting the ball, being smart with the ball and playing strong,” he said. “We did better in the second half, but still not what it needed to be.

“We will have to pick up our defense. For us, it really starts with defense and we just didn’t play any defense in the first half.”

Trenton was led by Aevah Hebda with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Briana Plonka and Kaylie Crowell each had seven points.

Sauter said Plonka did a good job coming off the bench and played hard.

Miranda Walked finished with four points, Kallie Korndorfer had two and Bel Botello, Izzy Olds and Shelby Kohler had a point each.

The Jags saw a balanced scoring of nine players.

Fish finished with 18 points and six rebounds, Audrey Newstead had nine points and five rebounds and Lazarek put up nine points, four rebounds and two steals.

Olivia Kelley finished with eight points and six steals and Aly Kubik and Rachel Caswell had three steals each.

The Jags hosted Melvindale last night and will host Kennedy tomorrow.

Trenton stayed busy this week, taking on Roosevelt Monday, Kennedy last night and traveling to Lincoln Park tomorrow.



Huron now 3-0

Over in the Huron League, New Boston Huron was the only local team to play a game last week

The Chiefs moved to 3-0 in league play with a 38-27 decision over St. Mary Catholic Central.

It was a close game after the first; 8-5 in Huron’s favor but the Chiefs opened things up in the second with a strong effort from Hailey Richardson.

Huron scored 15 points to SMCC’s seven in the quarter for a 23-12 halftime lead.

“We played man-to-man the whole game,” Huron Coach Jim Kalbfleisch said. “We didn’t use any presses or traps; we just played a straight man.

“In the second quarter, we picked up our intensity a little bit on defense and in the third we had a real good quarter to build up a nice lead.”

Kalbfleisch said it was nice to get back on the court after the prolonged winter break.

“We were a little sluggish early on in the first quarter. We hadn’t played in three weeks,” he said. “We had a long break, so it was just nice to play.”

The win moved the Chiefs to 5-1 overall as they now look to the bulk of their league season.

“We’re playing pretty good (and) we’re right there,” Kalbfleisch said. “We’ve been playing more man, so we’ll probably just continue that so we keep getting better at it.”

For improvements, the Chiefs will look to blocking out more and working on a more rounded out scoring effort.

Aside from Richardson, Kabfleisch said Carley Ames has been real solid for the team and Savannah Floyd has been a force inside.

Richardson led the way with 13 points and seven rebounds in the win. Elizabeth Stockert finished with 10 points, Ames had six and Floyd finished with four.

Huron took on Airport on Monday and will travel to Riverview on Thursday.

Next Monday they face a big competition in Grosse Ile who is also undefeated in league play.







Last Updated: 1/14/2014 1:50:06 PM EST

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