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GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Anderson keeps rolling, crushes Carlson (TOUT VIDEO)

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Tinara Moore battled pneumonia earlier in the week, but she made sure the entire Titans girls’ basketball team breathed easy when they visited Gibraltar Carlson on Friday night.

Moore finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and her length and shot-blocking ability made the Marauders hesitant to slash the lane as the game went on.

“She’s back to normal,” said Titans Coach Larry Sakalas.

As a unit, Anderson played together from the opening tip until the final buzzer and was able to remain unbeaten in the Downriver League, exiting Gibraltar with the 52-16 victory.

“We played good team basketball and we got scoring from a lot of different people today,” Sakalas said. “That just shows unselfishness and I think everybody played well. We had a couple really good practices on Wednesday and Thursday and all that put together made for a great performance.”

Anderson jumped all over the Marauders in the first quarter and actually scored more points in the opening frame (19) than Carlson managed in the entire game (16).

Eight different Titans scored field goals in the first half and their smothering defense held Carlson to only eight first-half points and no second-quarter field goals.

Marauders Coach Phil Carlson said his team had been playing shorthanded but knew defeating Anderson would be a tall task with or without a full, healthy roster.

“We just wanted to play tough tonight,” Carlson said. “We lost our starting point guard two months ago to surgery and our backup point guard to a torn rotator cuff, so we just wanted to play them tough. But we didn’t play well. We didn’t execute anything we wanted to do, basically.”

The Titans came out of the locker room after the half on cruise control. They scored just eight points in the third quarter but their tenacious defense persisted, and they held Carlson to only two second-half field goals - both of which came in the third quarter.

Moore’s 12 points were tops on the team and Amani Corley was right behind her with 11. Moore pulled down 12 rebounds and Leah Malam grabbed another six.

Carlson did play tough down low, fighting for rebounds and loose balls throughout the night. They held their own on the glass in the game, totaling 25 rebounds to Anderson’s 31.

Kerstyn Comerzan scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Marauders in both categories.

The Titans (12-1) will aim for their sixth consecutive win when they travel to Allen Park on Tuesday and Carlson (3-10) will also hit the road on Tuesday to play against Truman.

Last Updated: 1/25/2014 1:16:13 AM EST