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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Unbeaten Anderson girls ready to face Woodhaven again

It was a busy week last week for the Titans, but with just two league game left in the season Anderson is a perfect 14-0 in the league, setting up a big showdown with Woodhaven.

The offense was proficient in three games last week and scored 57 points or more and held each opponent to 44 points or less.

The Titans capped the busy week with a 75-44 victory over Truman in a game that was close through the first half.

Anderson built a 22-13 lead after one and led 36-26 at the half.

With six minutes to go, Trenton pulled within four, but Anderson won the quarter 24-10 and went on to the victory.

Trenton Coach Rob Sauter said he was pleased with his team’s performance against such a strong opponent.

“Our thing was we just wanted to make them play, so that they knew they were playing against an opponent instead of just having an easy game,” he said. “Even though the score doesn’t indicate it, it was really close through much of the first half. We forced them to really play, so I was very happy.

“In the last two years against the top teams, the games are pretty much over at the beginning (but) this game, we made them battle and I honestly think that was probably good for both teams.”

Sauter and his team took many positives out of the game, despite the loss.

“We had our most assists of the season, so we really moved the ball well,” Sauter said. “I thought we handled their half court defense. We played pretty well in the half court and we battled them as hard as we could.

“I was just very, very happy with our team efforts.”

The Trojans saw scoring from nine of their 10 players and Sauter said everyone, from the starting lineup to the bench, played well.

Kaylie Crowell led the team with 11 points and four rebounds and Aevah Hebda finished with seven points and six rebounds.

Shelby Kohler had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

“Shelby had her best game of her career all around,” Sauter said. “She really did a nice job. She did a good job passing the ball and we ran a lot of our offense through her. It was very effective.”

The Trojans also finished with four triples and were eight-for-12 from the free throw line.

The Titans were led by leading scorer, Tinara Moore with 26 points and 15 rebounds.

Amani Corley had 14 points and Laekyn Jaciuk had 11 points. Each brought down four rebounds and Corley had six assists and two steals while Jaciuk had five assists and two steals.

Leah Malam finished with 11 boards and also had eight points.

The Anderson game was the only outing for the Titans last week, but they make up for it with back-to-back-to-back games.

Last night they took on Kennedy and will face Melvindale tonight. Tomorrow they host Lincoln Park.

“I just want to see us continue to improve,” Sauter said. “I’ve been pretty happy with us lately.

“Hopefully they will feed off their intensity from Thursday.”

Anderson added two more league wins to its season before beating Trenton last week.

On Feb. 4, the team topped Kennedy 57-37.

It was 18-12 after one quarter and the Titans still led 30-18 at the half and 48-29 after three.

Moore had another double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds to go with a steal, an assists and six blocks.

Corley finished with 10 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals, Malam had eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Christian Anderson finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

The Eagles were led by Asia Page with 12 points, while Daija Anderson chipped in eight points.

Kennedy Coach Jeff Baum was also pleased with the play of point guard Teressa Savastano and said she did a great job handling Anderson’s press and got the Eagles organized offensively.

“Overall it was one of our better team efforts this season,” Baum said. “Southgate has a talented basketball team and I thought our kids played hard and competed.”

The game was unfortunately followed by one of the worst performances of the season in a 41-28 loss to Carlson.

“It was a forgettable team performance,” Baum said. “(It was) probably our worst effort of the season.”

“We were not very aggressive offensively and didn’t attack the basket well.”

Carlson took an early 12-10 lead after one quarter and things were all tied up at 18 at the halftime.

But the Marauders held Kennedy to just 10 points in the entire second half, including three in the fourth and put up 23 in the half themselves to ensure the win.

The Eagles only had four players score, shot 22 percent from the field and never attempted a free throw.

They also struggled against Carlson’s Maggie Herman, who had 21 points in the first three quarters.

Kennedy was led by Page with 18 points and seven rebounds.

“It was a frustrating evening after playing so well on Tuesday against Southgate, to come out and play with no intensity,” Baum said. “Carlson played much harder than we did and deserved the win.”

Last night the Eagles hosted Trenton and will stay at home against Allen Park tomorrow. Carlson traveled to Woodhaven on Tuesday and will host Melvindale Thursday.

Before knocking off Kennedy and Trenton, the Titans got the busy week started with a 57-39 win over Allen Park.

A big first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game. The Titans led 21-12 after a quarter and 30-17 at the half.

It was a closer second quarter, but Anderson won the final outing 12-8 for the win.

Anderson Coach Larry Sakalas knew it would be a big game to start the busy week.

“They only had two losses at the time,” he said. “And we don’t always play well there; it’s kind of a hard place to play.

The Titans’ plan was to focus in on Casey Bowdell and limit her as much as possible.

“Bowdell was as good as she has been, and they were playing well,” Sakalas said. “One of our goals was to shut her down and make somebody else beat us.

“We came out and it was nice to have our team healthy. We came out and played well.”

Amani Corley ran into foul trouble early and the Jags guarded her tight when she was on the floor, opening up other players.

Andrea Thornsberry came in off the bench and played a strong game, and Jaciuk and Anderson put up good points.

Jaciuk led all scorers with 19 points and also had six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Moore finished with another double-double of 18 points and 13 boards to go with an assist and five blocks and Corley had five points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Anderson had four points, eight rebounds a steal and a block.

Despite being guarded heavily, Bowdell still led the Jags with 12 points.

Erin Fish finished with eight, Hailey Lazarek had seven and Olivia Keeley put up six.

Allen Park traveled to neighboring Melvindale last night and will stay on the road against Kennedy tomorrow.

Anderson had a big week in a road game at Truman last night and a road game tomorrow against Woodhaven.

If the Titans get past Truman it will set up a big final DRL game of the season. The teams split last year’s DRL games and shared the league title and the situation will be the same this year if Woodhaven walks away with the win. Going back to the district semifinal last year, there have been four overtimes in two games.

“We’re not overlooking Truman because I know Truman’s got two really good players,” Sakalas said. “(And) playing on the road is not as comfortable as playing at home.

“We’re practicing for Truman and then Woodhaven will take care of itself. It’s a rivalry and our girls know them and they know us. We wanna beat them, they wanna beat us, but at the end of the day, we’re just two schools who get along really well.”







Last Updated: 2/11/2014 4:00:38 PM EST

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