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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: All wins during Trenton's busy stretch





With back-to-back-to-back games last week, it would have been understandable if the Trenton girls’ basketball team had a hard time.

But the Trojans handled the busy week exceptionally well, posting three straight wins in three straight days.

The only big challenge came in a 28-26 win over Kennedy to start the week. From there, the Trojans cruised to a 48-21 win over Melvindale and 48-31 win over Lincoln Park with some great rebounding efforts.

“They did a very good job of taking it one day at a time,” Coach Rob Sauter said about the busy week. “They did what they had to do.

“We really rebounded very well this week, which I think was a key. We’ve been really focusing in on that and the importance of that.”

The Trojans were also helped out this week with the strong play of senior captain Rachel Arnold.

“This week, Rachel Arnold has really stepped it up defensively which really helped,” Sauter said. “She just took it upon herself as captain.”

The offense really clicked right away in the Melvindale game as the Trojans took a commanding 15-0 lead after eight minutes.

Melvindale won the second quarter 9-5 after Satuer said his team got too impatient with the ball, but bounced back to win the second half 24-12.

The Trojans finished with three girls in double-digit scoring.

Bri Plonka stepped up with a strong game of 14 points.

Aevah Hebda had 13 points and eight rebounds and Kaylie Crowell finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Arnold had five points and Izzy Olds finished with four.

Melvindale was led by Natalie Perez with seven points. Alyson Bradley had five points and Brittany White, Courtney Waltonbaugh, Alonna Haynes and Chelsie Thompson had two points each.

In the third game in three days, Sauter said he was pleased with his team for getting past a Lincoln Park team that came ready to play.

“Lincoln Park came in and played really, really hard,” he said. “I was really impressed with how hard they played, but luckily we had a couple of girls really step up.”

It was a tied game (6-6) after one before Trenton took a 13-11 lead at the half. They opened things up in the third to lead 25-18 after three and went on to post the win.

Crowell had a nice game with 14 points, five rebounds and four steals.

“She really started being a vocal leader on the court more, which is what you really wanna have in your point guard,” Sauter said.

Plonka had another strong game with 12 points. Sauter said Kohler was a beast on the floor and dominated the glass with 14 rebounds to go with six points, two assists and two steals.

Izzy Olds finished with her best rebounding game and brought down seven boards to go with her five points.

Lincoln Park was led by Paige Llanes with 13 points.

Olivia McKinney and Jaime Reyna finished with six points and six and four rebounds respectively.

“I thought the girls really stepped up well and was just really proud of them,” Sauter said. “Hopefully we can carry that into a pretty tough week with Grosse Ile and Richard.”

The week started with a close game over Kennedy, but the Trojans survived the late Eagle come-back.

Crowell scored a game high 10 points and added 8 rebounds for the Trojans including six straight to start the fourth to give Trenton a 12 point lead half way through the quarter.

Kennedy 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,” Sauter said. “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.”

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

Lincoln Park’s tough week ended with three losses, including two league losses.

Earlier in the week, the Rails fell 48-23 to Roosevelt after an early lead.

Lincoln Park led 13-6 after the first quarter and it things were tied at 15 at the half.

But the Bears came out dominating in the second half, outscoring their opponent 10-2 in the third quarter for a 25-17 lead before opening things up for a bit 23-6 fourth quarter finish.

Llanes led the Rails again with 10 points and four rebounds. McKinney led on the glass with seven rebounds to go with her four points.



Sean McCabe contributed





Last Updated: 2/18/2014 2:18:28 PM EST

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