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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Carlson ends league season on a high note

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Despite finishing the league 4-10, the Carlson girls’ basketball team went out on a positive note with a 32-16 win over Melvindale last Thursday.

In front of the home crowd on Senior Night, the Marauders were led by their seniors in the final DRL outing of the season.

It was a slow-starting game but the hosts held a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. Eight points from each team in the second gave them a 12-8 lead before a run from each team in the third.

Melvindale went on a six-point run in the third before Carlson took a timeout four minutes into the quarter.

“We hadn’t scored any at all and I had to call a timeout,” Coach Phil Carlson said. “I drew up a play for Kerstyn Comerzan to hit a three and we went into a press after that and went on an 11-point run.

“When Kerstyn hit that 3-pointer, it was where we turned the game around.”

Carlson said he knew it could be a tough game against the Cardinals, who his team only beat by one point earlier in the season, but the hard work paid off.

“The girls really played well together,” he said. “We’ve been slowly playing some better basketball over the last few weeks; a little more solid basketball.”

Paige Blakeslee had her best night of the year with 12 points and Maggie Herman scored 13.

Christina Torres and Ashley Surtish had good defensive games, Stephanie Gubics helped with the press and had some good ball handling and Ashley Sertage had a good game as well for the Marauders.

The team also treated Switzerland exchange student Seznja Kenz as a senior and Carlson said she plays a really good defense for the team.

Melvindale was led by Alonna Haynes with five points.

In a 48-19 loss to Woodhaven earlier in the week, Carlson said he had higher expectations heading into the match up.

“It was actually a pretty good game,” Carlson said. “We expected to have a pretty good game (but) we just could not score.

The Marauders were 3-for-12 from the free throw line as the Warriors took a 10-7 lead into the second quarter.

“They held us to give and they scored 12,” Carlson said. “Their half court trap, everything we tried we just kept turning the ball over to them.”

At the half the Marauders talked about turnovers and slowing things down.

“Our biggest thing with the press is when the girls get too excited and they don’t hang on to the ball well and they’re trying to dribble through the press,” Carlson said.

The Marauders have one more game of the season left, a non-league outing against Woodhaven before opening with Woodhaven in districts next week.

Melvindale’s woes continued with a 60-25 loss to Allen Park.

The Jags dominated the first quarter and finished with a 20-5 lead before pulling away 34-11 at the half.

It was a balanced night of scoring for Allen Park and a good night of defense according to Coach Chuck Perez.

Aly Kubik had a big first quarter with six points as did Hailey Lazarek with two triples in the opening quarter.

Olivia Keeley had six points of her own in the second quarter, Savannah Mehi had five in the third with a triple and Erin Fish led the fourth with six points.

Kubik led the team on the night with 10 points, six steals and two assists.

Keeley had eight points and six assists, Lazarek finished with eight points and four steals and Casey Bowdell finished with eight points, six rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocks.

Fish put up eight points to go with four rebounds and three steals, Mehi had seven points, five rebounds and an assist and Arielle Gamble had six points and five rebounds.

Melvindale was led by Destiny Dunlap with seven points.

“We’re just not shooting the ball well during our games,” Melvindale Coach Tom Schick said about his team’s rough patch. “We need to keep working on that aspect of the game.”

In a non-league matchup with Huron, the Jags fell to the Chiefs 43-31.

It was Senior Night for the home team and Allen Park honored Hannah Holder, Bowdell and Lazarek in the senior’s last home game.

“It was a very emotional night for the whole Allen Park team,” Perez said. “They are a close group and you could tell the emotions affected their game.”

Huron led 16-13 after the first quarter and 22-18 at the half before opening things up in a bit 13-7 third quarter.

Bowdell led the Jags with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Lazarek had eight points and four rebounds, Kubik finished with six points and three rebounds and Holder had two points, four rebounds and a steal.

Hailey Richardson led the Chiefs with 19 points, two rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Elizabeth Stockert led on the glass with 10 boards to go with six points and six assists and Savannah Floyd finished with seven points and four rebounds.

The Truman girls wrapped up their league season on Feb. 11 with a 46-26 loss to Anderson.

The Titans took a dominating 16-5 lead after the first quarter and led 28-13 at the half and 44-19 after three.

“We went down early to Southgate because we did a poor job of getting back in defensive transition,” Truman Coach Chad Putnam said. “Southgate did a good job running the floor and they were able to convert easy baskets early in many of their offensive possessions.”

The Cougars only shot 11-for-63 from the field, something Putnam said cannot happen against a team like Anderson.

“Against a good team like Southgate Anderson, you have to execute all aspects of the game effectively and we failed to do that in this game,” he said. “As well, it was disappointing to realize that Southgate scored enough points to win this game by halftime.

“The first time we played them in January; we were competitive and played with a lot more passion and determination.”

The Cougars were led by April Micheaux with eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Micheaux scored her 900th point of her varsity basketball career in the game.

Judah Frazier finished with four points and three steals, Ciara Bush had six points and Caprice King had three points and seven rebounds.

Anderson was led by Tinara Moore with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Amani Corley had 15 points and five rebounds and Laekyn Jaciuk had six points.

Leah Malam had nine rebounds.

The night before, Truman had a 59-46 win over Hamtramck.

Things were close in the first half but Truman led 15-14 after the first quarter and 28-23 at the half.

The Cougars opened things up in the third for a 47-34 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

The second quarter was an unusual situation for the teams, who did not score a single two-point field goal.

Truman saw triples from Frazier (two), Mariah Henderson and Bush in the quarter.

“I have coached girls’ basketball for a considerable amount of time and I have never seen an (8-minute) quarter in which 22 total points are scored between both teams and not a single one of those points comes as a results of a two-point field goal,” Putnam said. “Both teams had some success from beyond the three-point arc in the second quarter and late in the quarter Ciara Bush made a big three point shot to give us a five-point advantage heading into halftime.”

In the final quarter, the Cougars went to the free-throw line 16 times and only made six of the shots.

They finished the game 9-for-22 from the charity stripe.

The Cougars’ starting five scored 46 of the 59 points on the night.

Micheaux led the way with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Mariah Hopkins had 12 rebounds and five points, Frazer finished with 10 points and three assists and Bush had nine points and four steals.

Henderson finished with six points, Quartney Alchin had four points and Mauricsa Dillard had three.

Last Updated: 2/18/2014 2:20:27 PM EST