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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Offense is really clicking for Cougars (PHOTO)
Judah Frazier's Truman team was hitting on all cylinders recently when the Cougars recently crushed Melvindale 66-35 in a Downriver League game. Ten players scored in the contest for Coach Chat Putnam.
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It’s nice to have your offense clicking as the season winds down and the one-and-done playoffs approach.
The entire Truman offense was clicking Feb. 4 when the team took on Melvindale and walked away with the 66-35 victory.
The Cougars saw 10 of their 12 players contribute to the stat sheet and the team was led by three different players in each quarter.
If the offense was clicking, the defense was not too shabby itself. The team did not allow more than nine points in any outing and put up 23, 16 and 19 points in the first three quarters.
A big first quarter (23-8, Truman) led to a 41-17 advantage at the half and the Cougars kept working through the second half for the win.
Judah Frazier led the way in the opening quarter with 12 of the 25 points. April Micheaux made her presence known with eight points of her own.
The offense kept rolling in the second as six players scored, led again by Frazier with five points.
It was Micheaux who led the way in the third with 10 of the Cougars’ 19 points and Mariah Henderson scored five of the eight points in the final outing.
Truman finished 10-for-17 from the free throw line and also had four triples in the form of Frazier (two), Ciara Bush and Mariah Henderson.
“We got off to a nice start in this game, behind the play of Judah Frazier and April Micheaux,” Truman Coach Chad Putnam said. “Both of these players are important to our offensive game plan and it was nice to get them both off to a productive start early in this game.”
Putnam was also pleased with the bench work of the team.
“We got a chance to play all 12 players on our roster significant minutes in this game,” he said. “Mariah Henderson, Jewel Rubens and Briana Dowdell each made significant contributions in their reserve role that helped us in this game.”
Micheaux led the Cougars with 20 points and seven rebounds with Frazier just behind with 19 points and five steals.
Bush had seven points and four assists, King finished with five points and four rebounds, Henderson had five points and Rubens finished with four.
Despite the score, Melvindale still had positives to take away from the loss.
The Cards too saw abundant scoring with nine of the 10 players putting points on the board for the second game in a row.
“They came out shooting very well in the first half to shoot out to a 41-17 lead,” Melvindale Coach Tom Schick said. “I was happy with the fact that we still played hard in the second half, which will help our young team gain needed experience and confidence.”
Destiny Dunlap led the team with seven points. Courtney Waltonbaugh had six and Natali Perez finished with five.
Melvindale started the week with a 52-30 loss to Consortium Prep in a game that Schick said was closer than the score indicated.
The Cards were down just 19-16 at the half, but could not recover from a third quarter of poor shooting.
Waltonbaugh led with six points and Alonna Haynes and Alyson Bradley had five points each.
The tough week continued with a close 31-28 loss to Lincoln Park; the Rails’ second league win of the season.
Despite winning the third quarter 12-9, the Cards only put up one point in the first, shot nine-for-45 from the floor and went 10-for-30 from the free throw line.
The Rails led 6-1 after a quarter and 13-8 at the half after each team put up seven points in the second.
Lincoln Park led 22-20 after three and held on for the win.
“We came out flat and they took advantage of our poor play,” Schick said. “In the second half, our pressure defense was able to get us some very good looks at the basket and we just didn’t make the needed shots.
“(But) I don’t want to take anything away from Lincoln Park. They played hard and earned the victory.”
Haynes led the Cards with nine points. Chelsie Thompson finished with six points, Maribel Perez had five and Destiny Dunlap had four.
Lincoln Park was led by Paige Llanes with 15 points, seven steals, one rebound and an assist.
Olivia McKinney (six rebounds) and Jaime Reyna (two rebounds) each had six points and Breanna Early had four points and led the glass with eight rebounds.
The Rails hosted Roosevelt last night and will travel to Trenton tomorrow. The Cards had another busy week, with back-to-back-to-back games against Allen Park, Trenton and Carlson.
Last Updated: 2/11/2014 3:06:36 PM EST