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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Truman hangs tough before falling





The big game was Thursday night when the Anderson girls’ basketball team topped Woodhaven in overtime to remain undefeated in the league, but earlier in the week the team knocked off another strong opponent.

On Tuesday night the Titans were on the winning side of a 51-42 game against heavyweight Truman, but the win didn’t come easy.

With 3:22 left in the first, the Titans trailed Truman 11-2, but by the same time in the second quarter, they only trailed 17-15.

Truman won the opening tip-off, scoring just seconds into the game and controlled much of the first quarter with big blocks and timely shots.

After a timeout, the Titans made some changes and got things turned around, holding Truman scoreless for almost the next six minutes.

Truman led 11-10 after the first, but was outscored 14-8 in the second quarter and trailed 24-19 at the half.

The teams flipped flopped leads a few times in the second before Anderson started to pull away.

Anderson’s Sam Mazur gave the Titans a 19-18 lead and they never really looked back.

Leah Malam dominated the third quarter with six of Anderson’s 12 points and finished with eight points on the night.

Truman won the final quarter, outscoring the hosts 16-15, but could not finish the comeback.

Despite the loss, Putnam was happy with the play of his girls.

“I thought our team played well,” he said. “I thought we played one of our better games of the season (and) I thought for the most part, my kids were poised and made pretty good choices throughout the game.”

Anderson was led in points by Corley with 11. Laekyn Jaciuk, Mazur and Malam each finished with eight points.

Christian Anderson had six points and Tinara Moore had four.

Truman was led by Ciara Bush and Micheaux with 13 points each. Frazier had nine and Caprice King finished with three.

Sakals was pleased with the work of his bench in the victory.

“I thought we got great minutes out of Amber McAllister off the bench and Christie Anderson,” he said. “I thought she (Anderson) had her best game of the season.

“I also thought we got good minutes out of Celeste Black and Andrea Thornsberry. They’re just those girls that are scrappers. They’re not gonna get a lot of stats, but they’re gonna battle and get all the rebounds. I thought Mena Ames came in and stepped up off the bench, too.”

Truman dropped its second game of the week when Roosevelt came up with a big 44-40 win over the Cougars.

The game was decided in the fourth quarter when the Bears outscored their opponents 19-8 to walk away with the victory.

Early on, Truman led 8-6 after the first quarter, 21-12 at the half and 32-25 after three.

The Cougars ran into foul trouble and the Bears completed the late comeback and moved to 5-4 in the league with the win.

Despite the loss, Putnam was pleased with the play of Caprice King, who stepped up when top players were on the bench in foul trouble.

“It was valuable that we got a solid performance from Caprice King in this game,” he said. “If we can have her play more consistently, we can have a lot of success in our remaining games.”

Putnam said it was a good game early on, but his team failed to compete with their opponents for the full 32 minutes.

“Throughout most of this game we held a fairly comfortable lead,” he said. “However, late in the game we lose our poise and discipline on both ends of the floor.

“We committed some untimely turnovers and failed to convert some excellent offensive opportunities that we had late in the game.”

Roosevelt’s Nicole Ostrowitz came up bit at the charity stripe and put away six of her 10 free throw attempts.

The senior led Roosevelt with 10 points and six rebounds on the night.

Alyssa Mascia had with nine points and Sydney Greene and Katie Guckian each finished with eight points and four rebounds.

Truman was led by King with 16 points and five rebounds. April Micheaux had six points and 12 rebounds and Mariah Hopkins finished with six points and five rebounds.

Judah Frazier contributed five points and three steals and Ciara Bush had three points.

The Bears finished the week undefeated with a 59-14 win over Lincoln Park earlier in the week.

Roosevelt did not allow more than five points from its opponent in any quarter and led 13-2 after the first and 34-6 at the half.

At the end of the third it was 48-11 and the game was all but in the books.

Mascia led the Bears with 11 points and also had one rebound, four assists and three steals.

Veronica Czarnota had 10 points, Guckian finished with 9 points and six rebounds, and Alea Kainz and Brittany Mascia had six points.

Roosevelt was at Woodhaven yesterday and will host Melvindale on Thursday. Truman hosted Trenton last night and will travel to in-city rival Kennedy on Thursday. Anderson hosted Melvindale on Tuesday and will travel to Carlson on Friday.











Last Updated: 1/21/2014 2:43:58 PM EST

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