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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Carlson beats LP and Melvindale, loses to Woodhaven

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The Carlson girls’ basketball team is hoping for a better second half of its season and started things on the right foot by winning two of three games last week.

The busy week started with a makeup game against Lincoln Park and the Marauders won 36-24.

Carlson led from start to finish and Coach Phil Carlson said his team’s defense played really well in the second half, only allowing eight points while the Marauder offense put up 20.

It was a close 16-14 score at the half and Carlson said after a quick chat at the break his team turned things around to ensure the win.

“I just emphasized defense,” Carlson said. “We were playing lazy.”

Maggie Herman led the team with 16 points on the night and Carlson said she had a strong game.

“We thought we had a good chance to win that one,” Carlson said. “Our schedule started out a little tough (and) we’re hoping in the second half we can bounce back a little bit.”

Last Thursday the Marauders topped Melvindale in a close 39-37 contest.

The Marauders were up by 12 at one point after allowing just 18 points in the first three quarters, but the Melvindale put up 18, including three triples in the fourth quarter to make it a game.

“Melvindale made a pretty good run at us (and) we didn’t play very good defense,” Carlson said. “The girls were just excited and I tried to tell them to slow the game down, but we just raced down, we’d miss and they’d come down and hit it.”

Kerstyn Comerzan played a strong game and scored 16 points in the win and Carlson said the team got good play from Jordan Pryba off the bench.

Melvindale Coach Tom Schick was pleased with his team’s effort.

Alonna Haynes led the way with 15 points on the night .

“I give my girls a lot of credit,” Schick said. “We continued to work hard and were able to cut into the lead.

“I was very proud of the girls, especially in the fourth quarter. We went three-for-three in hitting out threes with Alonna making two and Alyson Bradley making her attempt. It was a great game to be involved with; both teams gave everything they had.”

Carlson’s only loss of the week was a 55-38 loss at the hands of Woodhaven.

Woodhaven was undefeated at that point and Carlson looked at the game as a win, despite the score.

Woodhaven was ahead 15-3 after the first quarter but the Marauders outscored the Warriors 27-23 in the middle quarters and only trailed 38-30 heading into the fourth.

“This score’s not quite indicative of how we played,” Carlson said. “With three minutes to go we were within six (but) they came down a hit and three and went up nine after a turnover.

Comerzan led the team with 10 points.

Carlson was pleased with his team for finishing the busy week with two wins.

“(Woodhaven) was a big moral victory,” he said. “It shows that we’re definitely heading in the right direction.

“When we left the court we were quite happy with the way we turned out.”

Moving forward, Carlson is looking to improve on free throw shooting.

“We went 9-for-22 from the free throw line and they went 18-for-22,” he said. “That was the difference in the game.

“(But) we played some inspired ball. I’m pretty happy with the way the girls played.”

Carlson said he is happy with the way the team is staying unified and how they continue to work together, despite a rough start to the season.

This week the Marauders face Allen Park and Anderson while the Cards have an equally tough week with Anderson and Roosevelt.

Last Updated: 1/21/2014 2:58:42 PM EST