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It was a tough third quarter for Judah Frazier (11) and the Truman girls' basketball team, but the Cougars bounced back in the fourth to stop the Bears' comeback attempt and win the game. Photo by Larry Caruso

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Roosevelt just short of comeback in loss to Truman

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In the few weeks before the district playoffs, teams are hoping to be in form to ready themselves for hopefully a long playoff run. Fans were rewarded with an exciting match up between Truman and Roosevelt on Thursday night in Wyandotte.

The Bears didn’t start or finish the way they wanted to, but they put up a fight against the Cougars. At one point, the Bears were down by 13 points mid-second quarter, but kept on the Cougars heels, and eventually tied the game at 31 late in the third quarter. They couldn’t keep the momentum up and fell to Truman 47-41.

“They played hard, they didn’t give up,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adkins of his team. “(I) give a lot of credit to Truman, they played just as hard.”

It wasn’t the greatest first quarter for the Bears, as they managed a mere three points to the Cougars 12 points. It was more evenly matched in the second quarter as both teams scored 10 points apiece, but the Bears still found themselves down nine at the half.

“We’re down nine at half, we should be up nine at half, if we make layups and free throws,” said Adkins.

They did make some key free throws and layups in the third quarter as junior center Catherine Gucklan found the basket twice along with going to the line for three shots. She powered the team to within two points at 29-27.

After a bucket by Cougars senior center Caprice King, Bears senior forward Nicole Ostrowitz knocked down a bucket to pull within two again. Just seconds later, sophomore guard Alea Kainz came up with a steal, and dished it to senior guard Tara Poikey who nailed a two-point bucket to tie it at 31-all with just over a minute left in the third quarter.

Truman looked baffled on the court as to how this happened, but Coach Chad Putnam called a timeout to calm his team down, and it worked.

“In the locker room at halftime, we talked about withstanding Wyandotte’s run. They got it to a tie score, we called timeout, and after the timeout we got a bucket to make it 33-31, that’s how the 3rd quarter ended.”

That’s indeed how the third quarter ended, but the way the Bears were making shots, it didn’t seem like the Cougars would have that lead for long, but they kept on the pressure.

“I thought in the later part of the game, we pressed a little bit, we changed up our game plan,” Putnam said. “We got Wyandotte to take some quick shots out of the press and we were able to rebound. We played much better, we figured out their little trap defense in the fourth quarter, and we made better choices.”

The Cougars made a few more buckets to go up by nine points again and started to kill clock around the five-minute mark. The Bears really had no answer, and with no shot clock, were forced to foul as the clock ticked further and further down.

There was nothing the Bears could do. When senior guard Alyssa Mascia fouled Cougars senior guard Judah Frazier with a minute to go, and down by just seven points, it was now or never for Fraizer at the line. She sunk both buckets to put her team up back by nine. The Bears rushed, but were only able to sink one shot, a triple by Mascia with just 26 seconds left. Time ran out on the Bears and their comeback, as they just couldn’t get that one foul in the right amount of time.

“I’m very proud of the girls, they played until the end,” said Adkins.

Ostrowitz was the top player for the Bears. She scored nine points and recorded four rebounds, while senior center Sydney Greene scored seven points and recorded six boards. Mascia finished with five points, as did junior forward Halie Fratangelo.

As for the Cougars, King finished with a game-high 19 points and nine boards, while Frazier finished with 14 points and senior forward April Micheaux finished with 10 points and eight boards.

Putnam gave credit to the senior Ostrowitz for the Bears. “Obviously their post players hurt us a little bit. Nicole was the hardest playing player on the floor,” he said. “She was playing really hard and really aggressive. Our best defender adjusted to her, Mariah Hopkins, and Mariah, I think did a good job defensively of taking that offensive weapon away for Wyandotte.”

Up next for the Bears is a makeup game against Gibraltar Carlson on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:00pm, while the Cougars will play Dearborn Divine Child in a non-league game to finish out the season before districts.

Last Updated: 2/14/2014 12:13:59 AM EST