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Nicole Losek and the Woodhaven Warriors collected two more wins last week to stay on the heels of Anderson. Photo by Larry Caruso

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Stride for stride, Woodhaven keeps pace with first-place Anderson (PHOTO)

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With the season winding down and three big games right on the horizon, every game matters for the Woodhaven girls’ basketball team.

The Warriors have just one loss this season to Downriver League rival Anderson and with one matchup between the two left in the season-the last DRL game of the season- every win pushes the team closer to sharing the league title if they win the Feb. 13 game.

Woodhaven kept pace with two more league wins- big league wins- last week in back-to-back games.

The Warriors topped a struggling Lincoln Park 69-22 on Thursday and turned around the following night to knock off Kennedy 52-20 in front of a home crowd.

Woodhaven has a deep bench of talent and Coach Rodney Scharboneau said it was a balanced scoring effort in both victories.

Against the Rails, Woodhaven had three girls with double-digit scoring.

Hailey Leidel led with a team-high 17 points, followed closely by Cassie Breen with 16 and Allison Manning with 10 points.

Lyndsay Brennan finished with seven points and Miranda Ratuznik and Kacey Cassette had five points each.

The following night, the Eagles struggled with the early Woodhaven pressure and the Warriors built an early lead and cruised to victory.

Breen led the way this time with 13 points, followed closely by Leidel with 12.

Manning finished the night with eight points, Brennan had five and Emma Sikina and Cassette had four points each.

The Warriors have a big schedule on the horizon.

Last night they traveled to Allen Park who was riding a six-game win streak. Tomorrow they will host Truman and the following week with wrap up the DRL season with the big showdown with Anderson.

The Eagles also had back-to-back games last week and the night before falling to Woodhaven they topped Melvindale 33-26 after a 16-9 halftime advantage.

The Cards have struggled this season but Coach Tom Schick said he is pleased with this team’s improvements.

“I liked our effort Thursday night,” he said. “We were able to cut down our turnovers, which helped our defensive effort.

“In the second half, we did a good job of putting pressure on them and we were able to make mini runs, but Kennedy did a good job of keeping us from getting the lead.”

Chelsie Thompson led the Cards with seven points and five rebounds. Alonna Haynes finished with five points.

Melvindale stays busy this week with three games against Consortium College Prep, Truman and Lincoln Park.

Last Updated: 2/4/2014 9:01:40 PM EST