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Tinara Moore led Anderson with 11 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots against Roosevelt. Photo by Larry Caruso

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Titans win tough, physical contest with Roosevelt (PHOTO)

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Early on this season, Anderson Coach Larry Sakalas said second quarters were his team’s nemesis, but as of late, strong second quarters have been propelling the team to victories.

Every win matters for a team that has their eyes set on a deep state playoff run and the Titans added another notch in the win column with a big DRL rivalry victory over visiting Roosevelt last Thursday.

In a chippy and physical game the home team came out on top, thanks in part to a big second quarter, as Anderson defeated Roosevelt 48-30.

“They came out battling, and we battled right back. In the second quarter, we kind of took charge a little bit, and that was kind of the difference in the game,” said Anderson Coach Larry Sakalas.

Anderson started the scoring early, going on a 6-0 run in the first two minutes, and scored another six points in the final 2:46.

In the second quarter the Titans pulled away. With a 12-4 lead heading into the second, seniors Tinara Moore, Celeste Black and Amani Corley led the team combining for 12 of Anderson’s 17, second quarter points.

Anderson went on a big eight-point run at the five-minute mark that ate up nearly two and a half minutes. Roosevelt tried to find an answer, and had scoring spurts, but not enough to keep up with Anderson.

“We didn’t execute our game plan the way we talked about in practice. We let emotion get to us,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adkins. “They’re a good team; I give them a lot of credit.”

With a 29-13 halftime advantage, the Anderson bench started to enter the game.

“We have a lot of younger girls next year that we’re going to be counting on and (you have to) get experience when you can. We get them experience and that way they’re not coming into next season raw.”

Moore led the team with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds and also had six blocks.

Corley finished with eight points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal. Junior Laekyn Jaciuk had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals

Roosevelt senior Tierney Runions finished with eight points and four rebounds, while fellow senior Nicole Ostrowitz had four points and six rebounds.

After the third quarter, Roosevelt was down by 20, and the game was out of reach, but they didn’t give up. Adkins rotated in many bench players, who had more minutes down the stretch, and shortened the deficit.

“(I was proud of) the effort by some of the girls who maybe don’t play as much, some of the bench players coming out and playing real hard, getting some quality minutes for us,” said Adkins.

Despite the loss, Adkins was proud of the way his team played and is looking forward to another big week. The Bears hosted Dearborn in non-league competition last night and will travel to Allen Park tomorrow.

The Titans stayed busy with two makeup games earlier this week .On Monday they traveled to Allen Park and last night took on Kennedy. Tomorrow they’ll travel to Trenton to take on the Trojans.

The Trojans will be coming off a week of practice and a 43-32 win over Carlson on Jan. 30.

Trenton took a big 16-2 lead after the first quarter but the Marauders turned things around and won the second quarter 15-7 for a 23-17 Trenton advantage at the half.

Carlson came out strong in the third, outscoring the visitors 14-6 and held a slim 31-29 lead after three quarter, but Trenton took over in the fourth to take the lead and seal the game.

The Trojans won the final quarter 14-3 for the victory.

Carlson won the matchup earlier in the season in the team’s first win of the year and Trenton Coach Rob Sauter said it was important to win the second outing.

“They really outplayed us the first game that we played them, so we really wanted to prove something,” he said. “We came out really strong. In the second quarter, they stepped it up and we got into some foul trouble and got a little bit sloppy and continued the sloppiness in the third (but) we really shut things down in the fourth quarter.”

Sauter said he talked to his team about being smarter with ball decisions overall and said the improvements came in the fourth quarter when it mattered.

Trenton went 11-for-16 from the free throw line to help with the win.

Aevah Hebda led the way with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds while Kaylie Crowell had a team-high 15 points to go with eight boards, two assists and five steals.

As the season draws to a close, Sauter is happy with the continued improvements of his team.

“I’m happy that we have been playing better,” he said. “We’re getting a little bit better defensively and we’ve finally figured out the things that work best for us defensively.

“To us, defense is the key.”

The Trojans’ only outing this week is with a strong Anderson team and Sauter said he is looking for improvements from the first time the two met.

“I always like it when you have to play those teams so you can see how you can gauge improvements,” he said. “I want to see improvements from when we played them the first time. Protecting the ball and rebounding; that’s what we have to improve on from the last time we played them.”

Last Updated: 2/4/2014 2:33:15 PM EST