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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Determined Roosevelt team throws scare into Warriors (PHOTO)
With the return of Cassie Breen to the lineup on Thursday night, the Woodhaven Warriors kept right up with their winning ways to stay near the top of the Downriver League. Photo by Larry Caruso
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With senior Cassie Breen sidelined by a knee injury on Jan. 21, the Woodhaven girls’ basketball team knew they needed to pick up her load in order to bounce back from the team’s first loss in the previous game to stay atop the Downriver League standings.
Enter Hailey Leidel and Allison Manning.
Leidel, a sophomore, double-doubled with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Manning added 11 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with only 22 seconds left in the game to help Woodhaven (12-1) edge Roosevelt (7-6) on Tuesday night by a final score of 45-42.
The first half featured multiple lead changes and was very back and forth until Roosevelt’s Halie Fratangelo caught fire late in the second quarter.
Fratangelo hit five consecutive field goals (including a three) for 11 points. Her outburst put some temporary distance between her Bears and the Warriors on the scoreboard, as Roosevelt went into the half with a 30-22 lead.
But Leidel came out of the intermission like a woman possessed, scoring her team’s first three buckets to immediately undo Fratangelo’s second-quarter efforts.
Roosevelt only managed one field goal in the third quarter, and that didn’t come until the 2:38 mark. Still, Ron Adkins’ Bears battled hard enough to keep Woodhaven’s momentum from snowballing, and the game wound up being 32-32 by the end of the third.
The Bears broke out of their offensive funk a bit in the fourth quarter, getting a couple much-needed field goals on broken plays by Sydney Greene, and then a clutch pull-up jumper by Nicole Ostrowitz with 59 seconds left in the game to tie the score at 42.
But the game wouldn’t be tied for long. With 22 seconds left, Manning hit a three-point basket from the top of the arch to put the Bears backs against the wall.
This left Adkins time to draw up one last play.
“The play we ran was called a ‘Swing,’ where the point guard goes one way and we have another girl come around a screen on the perimeter to try to get an open look. “Unfortunately for us they defended it well. Their girl picked up on it and left her assignment to get a hand on it. She did a great job.”
That girl was Nicole Losek. Her steal with just four seconds left led to a foul underneath her own basket. She missed the technical free throw, but the ball fell idle right below the net. Losek alertly ran and picked up the live ball and the remaining 0.9 ticked off the clock to secure the Warriors’ 45-42 win.
Woodhaven Coach Rodney Scharboneau said his team has been coming up big in clutch scenarios like this all season long.
“Hailey Leidel played a great game tonight; Allison battled and hit some big shots; Erin (Marvaso) battled,” Scharboneau said. “Our girls are used to winning and they’re used to fighting because it seems like every game we get our opponent’s best shot. It’s a lot of fun for us and it makes for some great games.”
Leidel’s 20 points and 13 boards were both game highs. Fratangelo paced Roosevelt with 13 points, while Alea Kainz led the Bears in rebounds with seven. Woodhaven won the overall rebounding battle, 29-24.
Three nights later the Warriors got their 12th win of the season with a 59-35 victory over visiting Trenton.
Woodhaven took an early 23-6 lead after the first quarter and led 33-14 at the half.
It was 50-21 after three as the Warriors saw 10 players contribute to the scoring efforts.
Manning dominated the deep territory, finishing four-for-10 for a team-high 14 points.
Leidel had another double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds and Breen, fresh off her injury, bounced right back with 10 points and four steals.
Losek had her best game of the season with nine points and Lyndsay Brennan added four.
Aevah Hebda was everywhere for the Trojans according to Coach Rob Sauter and finished the night with nine points and 19 rebounds.
Izzy Olds had seven points and four rebounds and Shelby Kohler finished with five points and 10 rebounds.
“Shelby played really, really well,” Satuer said. “She did a really good job clogging up the lane and we were able to make it harder for them on the inside somewhat, so I was really happy with that.”
Briana Plonka stepped up with 4 points and Madison Stackpoole finished with five steals in the second half.
Sauter said he knew his team would have to slow the Warriors down and beat their press.
“Defensively, I thought we did a pretty good job getting out and contesting shots,” he said.”
Roosevelt bounced back from the loss to Woodhaven with a 46-12 victory over Melvindale that put the team over the .500 mark on the season.
The Bears did not allow more than five points a quarter from the struggling Cards and had a dominating 21-3 halftime lead.
It was a close 8-4 third quarter in favor of the Bears and a dominating fourth quarter (17-5, Roosevelt) put the game in the bag.
Chelsie Thompson led the Cards with seven points.
“It was one of those games where nothing went right other than we played pretty good defense,” Melvindale Coach Tom Schick said. “However, we shot the ball terrible, going three-for-30 from the floor and committed way too many turnovers.
“It was the type of game we need to forget it and move on.”
Samantha Elliott contributed
Last Updated: 1/28/2014 3:54:29 PM EST