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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Downriver League roundup (PHOTO)

Leah Malam (11) and the Anderson Titans got past Carlson Friday night and remained unbeaten in the Downriver League play. Photo by Tom Alexander

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

Anderson kept up its winning ways, and unblemished league record with a 59-27 victory over visiting Melvindale earlier in the week.

The Titans turned an 11-3 first quarter advantage into a 23-10 halftime lead and outscored the Cards 36-17 in the second half for the win.

“We played well for long stretches of the game, but when we strayed from the game plan, Anderson made us pay,” Melvindale Coach Tom Schick said.

Alonna Haynes led the Cardinals with seven points. Maribel Perez finished with six and Chelsie Thompson had five.

The Titans were led by the usual leaders.

Corley led the effort with 15 points and also had six rebounds and three steals.

Malam had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds and Moore finished with a double-double of her own of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Allen Park kept right up with the race to the top of the league standings, putting two more wins under its belt.

The week started with a 46-18 win over Carlson.

The Marauders led 10-8 after the first quarter but the Jags bounced back from the rocky start and outscored their opponent 12-3 in the second for a 20-13 halftime advantage.

Erin Fish came up big in the second half with 13 points to propel the Jags to victory and the defense cracked down.

After allowing ten points in the first quarter, the Allen Park defense allowed just eight points in the next three quarters.

The Jags also won the game on the glass, bringing down 37 rebounds.

Fish dominated the game with 17 points, three steals, three rebounds and two assists.

Hailey Lazarek also had a strong night with eight points and three steals, Arielle Gamble finished big with 10 rebounds and five points and Aly Kubik had four points and three steals.

Casey Bowdell (four points, three rebounds), Audrey Newstead (two points, four rebounds), Olivia Keeley (two points, four rebounds), Hannah Holder (two points, four rebounds) Emily Semeniuk (two points) and Savannah Mehi (two assists) also added to the victory.

Lisa Marsh and Rachel Caswell played a tough defense.

Two nights later a strong start and equally as strong second half gave the Jags a 55-21 win over visiting Lincoln Park.

Five girls contributed to the big 16-4 first quarter lead with Bowdell leading the way with six points.

It was another bit glass night that saw the Jags grab 35 rebounds and the defense was equally as strong.

Allen Park only allowed one point in the second quarter and had a 29-5 halftime advantage.

A few too many fouls than Allen Park Coach Chuck Perez would have liked gave the Rails a 12-10 third quarter advantage, but the Jags were right back at it and won the fourth quarter 16-4.

Bowdell finished the game with 18 points, seven steals, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

Lazarek had six points, four rebounds and four steals, Fish finished with six points and Keeley had five points, four steals and four rebounds.

Hannah Holder (four points, five rebounds), Gamble (four points, five rebounds, two blocks), Caswell (four points, five steals), Kubik (four points), Marsh (two points, two rebounds), Newsteak (two points, three rebounds), Mehi (four rebounds, two assists) and Semeniuk (two rebounds, one steal, one block) contributed to the win.

Lincoln Park was led by Olivia McKinney and Brittany Woods with five points each.

McKinney also had five rebounds and Woods had two and three steals.

Jaime Reyna and Paige Llanes had four points and one rebound each, Amie Lackowski had two points and four rebounds and Mashalyn Duncan had one point and three rebounds.



Samantha Elliott contributed to this report

Last Updated: 1/28/2014 4:24:19 PM EST

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