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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Leidel, Breen unstoppable, push Warriors past Jags

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When basketball players are in foul trouble, they typically hang back, biding their time, not making a big impact on the game unless absolutely needed.

But Cassie Breen is not like other basketball players.

The Woodhaven senior had four fouls heading into the fourth quarter and helped propel her team to victory with seven points, a rebound and a big block.

The Warriors won the game 61-50 thanks to a dominating first half.

Woodhaven stuck to its Warrior ways and busted out of the gate with the triples showing up early and often.

Four different players got a 3-pointer in the first quarter alone for a 24-10 lead after just eight minutes of play.

“We came out with big energy, which is what we want to do and when we do that we play well,” Woodhaven Coach Rodney Scharboneau said. “It seems like when we slow down, that’s when we have problems.

“We wanna run the floor and we wanna spot up and shoot and play.”

Erin Marvaso opened the scoring a minute into the game with a 3-pointer, but Allen Park’s Hailey Lazarek responded with a triple of her own. The Warriors went on a 10-point run before Allen Park called a timeout and led 19-5 with two and a half to go in the opening quarter.

It was a closer second quarter, but the Warriors went five-for-eight from the charity stripe, won the quarter 14-11 and took a 38-21 lead into the half.

But it was a tale of two quarters for the Jaguars, who got over the constant 14-point hump several times throughout the second half, won the third quarter (17-10) and made it a close fourth.

“At halftime we talked about winning the third,” Coach Chuck Perez said. “And we won the third.

“We didn’t stick to the game plan for the first half. Our team was trying to run with them and we knew we shouldn’t be running with them.”

The Jags had triples of their own on the night and two popped up in the third quarter. Lazarek sunk a field goal with less than a minute to go to make it a 10-point game and the Jags trailed 48-38 heading into the final outing.

“We went into halftime with a big deficit, but the second half I’ve gotta give our girls credit,” Perez said. “They stuck in there, got the rebound and they played really, really good and we made it a game.”

Casey Bowdell put up two points early in the fourth to cut the deficit to eight, but the Warriors always seemed to have an answer.

“We lost some of the assignments defensively,” Perez said. “We were doing good with our press, but then we got back and we were leaving their shooters alone and they came up big.”

Scharboneau knew it would not be an easy win and said Allen Park is always a tough opponent.

“I knew they had a tough game last night, but I also knew this is one of the toughest places to play,” he said. “They’re really well-coached and they’re always well-prepared. The girls placed hard; they’re all athletic and it’s a tough place to get a win, so I knew it was going to be a battle.

“Even when we went up early, I knew it was a little bit of fool’s gold.”

Leidel dominated the court and glass all night with her huge game. The sophomore finished with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead all scorers in the game.

Breen finished with 15 points and four rebounds, Allison Manning put up nine points and four rebounds, Marvaso had five points and three rebounds and Lyndsay Brennan had four and seven boards.

The Warriors also finished 14-for-20 from the foul line.

Bowdell led the Jags with 16 points and six rebounds.

Lazarek had 11 points and seven rebounds, Aly Kubik had nine points and four rebounds, Erin Fish finished with eight boards and six points and Arielle Gamble had six boards.

Both teams are back in action with big games on Thursday night. Allen Park will stay at home to host Roosevelt and Woodhaven will travel home after a long stretch of games on the road to host a strong Truman team.

Last Updated: 2/4/2014 10:35:28 PM EST