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GIRLS' DISTRICT BASKETBALL: Woodhaven dominates Carlson in district opener

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Last year the Woodhaven girl’s basketball team was well-known for their 3-point shots. The crowed waved signs with “3” on them and stood to cheer each time a triple was made.

The crowd doesn’t hold those signs anymore, but that doesn’t mean those triples aren’t present.

Five different players combined for nine triples in Monday’s district opener as the Warriors dominated Carlson from start to finish for a 65-24 win.

A seven point run to start the game set the tone for the night and the Warriors cruised from there.

They dominated in the second quarter with six girls shooting from all over the floor and held the Marauders scoreless in the final eight minutes for the win.

“Overall thoughts are we wanted to come in and just play our game, regardless of the opponent that we were playing,” Coach Rodney Scharboneau said. “I think our girls did that.

“We didn’t wanna play up or down; we wanted to play our game (and) I think they did a good job of coming in and doing what we do.”

Allison Manning got the night started with an early field goal and the defense kept the Marauders off the scoreboard for over three minutes. They led 16-6 after and quarter and never looked back.

The team went five-for-six from the charity stripe in the second quarter and finished with 21 points to Carlson’s eight for a 37-14 halftime advantage.

Nineteen more points from the hosts, including three triples in the third kept Carlson at bay and Woodhaven led 56-24 after three.

Scharboneau pulled from deep on his bench and the younger Warriors stuck to the traditional Warrior ways with encouragement from the bigs on the sidelines.

“I think the energy from the girls coming off the bench was terrific,” Scharboneau said. “I think Zakiya Robinson played great; she got a lot of steals and Summer Patterson shot the ball well.”

The starters of course did not disappoint either.

“I think Lyndsay (Brennan) played well,” Scharboneau said. “We wanna get Lyndsay attacking the basket more and she did that tonight.

“Cassie (Breen) played well and Hailey (Liedel) attacked.”

Breen led the Warriors to the tune of 21 points.

Liedel finished with 15 points and four rebounds, Manning had seven and two boards and Brennan had four points and six rebounds.

Robinson and Patterson finished with a pair of triples each.

Despite the early deficit, the Marauders never gave up and fought hard to the end.

“We knew they were gonna be tough,” Coach Phil Carlson said. “We practiced beating the press and I think we did that for the most part.

“We got 20 layups, so our plan worked, but after you break it and you miss and don’t score, you lose points out there and it’s tough.”

Carlson said Woodhaven was just too hot to handle, but credited his team for not giving up.

“My girls played hard,” he said. “(I told them) just keep their heads up; don’t lay for them.

“We know we’re tough (and) we know we can play.

“We’re just having trouble putting the ball in the hole and if you don’t do that, you can’t win. But we’re in good spirits. They had a pretty good season and the kids all had a lot of fun this year.”

The Marauders were led by Paige Blakeslee with eight points and five rebounds.

Maggie Herman finished with six points and four rebounds, Kerstyn Comerzan had two points and six rebounds and Kristina Torres had four points and five boards.

With the win, Woodhaven moves on to play Roosevelt on Wednesday night.

“Wyandotte’s tough,” Scharboneau said “Earlier in the year they played us and they almost beat us.

“They’re always a tough team. They’re well-coached and they play hard, so it’s gonna be a good game.”

Last Updated: 2/25/2014 1:30:33 PM EST