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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Breen dominates the night in Warrior victory

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It’s a nice win when a team can put up 66 points. It’s also nice when one player can score almost half those points.

Earlier this week Woodhaven’s Cassie Breen had a big fourth quarter in a win over Allen Park. She capped the week with another big fourth quarter- and dominating game- against Truman.

The senior was all over the floor all night and finished the night with a team-high 31 points; accounting for almost half of the night’s scoring in a 66-54 win over visiting Truman.

After some bigger deficits in the first half, Truman responded well to really make it a game in the second, but could never get over the six-point hump.

The Warriors led 34-25 at the half, before Truman started to push its way back in.

Caprice King, who lead the Cougars all night, put up an early field goal and plus-one to make it a 7-point game (39-32) and a minutes later made the deficit six (40-34) with another field goal.

The game hovered around the seven-point difference as it headed into the fourth quarter.

The teams upped the energy, flying up and down the court and with 1:46 to go, it was another six-point game after Truman’s Judah Frazier put up a three.

But free throws ultimately made the difference.

Breen went to the line 12 times in the final eight minutes and knocked down 11 shots.

She also snagged a couple of crucial rebounds, along with teammate Allison Manning.

Coach Rodney Scharboneau said the rebounding was crucial since the Cougars were dominating the boards and won the night on the glass 51-37.

“Cassie steps up when it’s time to play, every time she plays,” Scharboneau said. “We talked about how we have to fight.

“Truman was outrebounding us down low and we had to get down there and get a body on them and fight them.

“Jess responded big for us a coupe of shifts and Allison played hard on the boards. Then we switched Cassie down low and she rebounded well.”

Both teams came out strong and played a big first quarter that ended with a 20-16 Woodhaven advantage.

The Woodhaven threes again showed up early and often to start the game.

Manning dominated the first quarter, scoring the first points of the game with a triple and adding two more in the quarter, and another two before the night was up.

Truman hung close and King put up 10 points in the opening eight minutes and gave Truman a 6-5 lead mid first quarter and another late in the quarter as the teams continued to go back and forth.

Woodhaven’s Lyndsay Brennan banked a triple but King responded with one of her own to tie the game.

Seconds later Manning put up her third triple of the quarter for a 13-10 lead and the Warriors lead the rest of the way.

Breen scored three quick triples to start the second and the Warriors built a 31-18 lead before Truman took a timeout to regroup.

It was an improved game from the last time the two met and although Truman won the game on the glass, Coach Chad Putnam said there was room for improvement.

“I think here, looking back (and) losing a game by 12 points, we probably missed a second-shot rebound.

“If we do win the rebounding battle, that’s good; we just had a couple of key rebounds that we missed here and there and looking back, hurt us.”

The Cougars came into the game wanting to slow the play down and have the post players become move involved and Putnam said despite the loss, he was pleased with his team.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” he said. “Execution tonight was not what it needed to be, but our effort was good.

“Woodhaven is obviously a good team, so to be able to come out here and hang around and be in the game for the most part of the night was positive at an important time in the season.”

Scharboneau said despite the close score, it was a good game for his team.

“We’ve gotta have games like that,” he said. “It’s all about experience. The girls fought, they didn’t get down on themselves (and) they stayed together. That’s what pulled it out for us.

“(But) give Truman credit; they played great.”

Breen led the Warriors with her 31 points and also brought down eight rebounds.

Manning finished with 17 points and eight boards and Hailey Leidel had 11 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.

King led Truman with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds.

April Micheaux had a double-double of her own with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

Both teams have tough weeks coming up.

Truman will play Hamtramck Monday, Anderson Tuesday and Roosevelt Thursday.

Woodhaven will take on Carlson on Tuesday before tipping off with Anderson Thursday.

If the Warriors beat the Titans, they will share the DRL title.

Last Updated: 2/6/2014 10:55:49 PM EST