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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Trojans survive late Kennedy comeback attempt to win on the road (PHOTO)

Kaylie Crowell (22) had a game-high 10 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans on Tuesday night, who survived a late Kennedy comeback attempt and won 28-26.



The Trenton girls’ basketball team looked like it was on its way to an easy road win Tuesday night. Then a big late game rally by Kennedy made things interesting, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans held on for the close 28-26 win.

Kaylie Crowell scored a game high 10 points and added 8 rebounds for the Trojans (6-10, 5-9 Downriver League) including six straight to start the fourth to give Trenton a 12 point lead half way through the quarter.

Kennedy (6-12, 5-10 Downriver League) could only muster 14 points in the first 29 minutes of the game, but almost doubled that total in the last three when a defensive switch to the full court press led to open looks.

Kennedy Coach Jeff Baum said he wanted to press the whole game, but his team wasn’t able to run it right until late in the fourth.

“Our game plan was to come out and press. We tried it in the first quarter and had some missed assignments,” said Baum. “When we finally got to where we belonged in the press we had some success.”

The success came a little too late as a layup with two seconds left by Daija Anderson was as close as the Eagles would get.

Both teams came out in the first quarter ice cold from the field, only managing three field goals combined, and went into the second quarter tied 4-4.

Trenton played well defensively in the second and shut out the Eagles in the quarter. Good ball movement led to four different Trojans scoring seven points and they went into intermission leading 11-4.

“For most of the game I thought we played great defense,” said Trenton Coach Rob Sauter. “We’ve really been working on our zone, and I thought it worked very well today. We figured we need it against them because they have bigs.”

Kennedy turned to those bigs in the third.

Anderson and team captain Asia Page scored six of the Eagles’ eight points in the second half’s first eight minutes, but Trenton matched them and then some scoring nine in the third to increase its lead to 20-12.

Kennedy continued to see success from Page and Anderson in the fourth, especially on the glass.

The pair combined for 17 rebounds and 18 points on the night, but other than five points from Mary Chambers no other Eagle hit a field goal.

“We just have to get more confident offensively,” said Baum. “When we’re successful we have five or six players scoring. When we’re losing we have one or two players scoring and I think that’s what happened tonight.”

Aevah Hebda had seven points and eight rebounds. Shelby Koehler had four points to go with 10 rebounds to lead Trenton on the glass.

Kennedy takes on Allen Park at home on Thursday night in its final league game.

Trenton will have to play the next two nights for a rare three games in three days scenario due to all of the school cancellations this season. They will travel to Lincoln Park Wednesday before heading back home to battle Grosse Ile.

“I’ve never had three games in a row before,” said Sauter. “They don’t even allow it in the NBA or the WNBA. I guess in high school you can do it, but hey, it was all we could do.”







Last Updated: 2/12/2014 12:44:21 AM EST

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