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Titans rout Trojans, secure spot in district finals PHOTO GALLERY

  • Anderson's Tinara Moore (24), along with Amani Corley passed their 1,000th career high school point mark in Wednesday's win over Trenton. Photos by Dave Chapman

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Picked as the early season Downriver League favorite and state-ranked through the season, the Anderson girls' basketball team was unbeatable for locals teams and the MHSAA districts have been no exception.

After a disappointing triple overtime loss to Woodhaven in last year’s district semifinal, the Titans secured themselves a spot in this year’s final with an easy 61-37 rout of Trenton Wednesday night in Woodhaven.

And they passed historical markers along the way.

In the first half, Tinara Moore and Amani Corley, senior captains who will play at Central Michigan University next year both passed their 1,000 point mark.

Moore’s came at the end of a monstrous first quarter.

She finished the quarter with 14 points and passed the 1,000 marker with just under three minutes to go, giving her Titans a 17-2 lead.

Corley’s came early in the second when she gave Anderson a 30-11 lead over the Trojans.

Anderson Coach Larry Sakalas was thrilled with his star players’ accomplishments.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. “They both knew how many points they needed to get coming in and it was kind of a little thing, who’s gonna get it first.

“But Amani got the assist on Tinara’s 1,000th point and it’s just exciting. I’m excited for both those girls. They’ve earned everything for it and they’re great.”

Anderson went on a 9-0 run to start the game and cruised from there.

Trenton battled hard but would never recover from the Anderson size and early lead.

Vanessa Litchard hit a triple at first quarter’s final buzzer but the Trojans trailed 25-9 after eight minutes and 37-18 at the half.

Trenton’s Izzy Olds brought it within 17 early in the third quarter but it was the closest the Trojans would get.

A 21-20 Anderson advantage in the third quarter gave the Titans a 58-29 lead after three and the game was all but over.

“We came out and we took care of business early, which is exactly what we wanted to do,” Sakalas said. “We didn’t want to mess around, we didn’t want to try to do anything we’re not capable of and we just wanted to play hard early and often; get up and kind of coast it to the second half.”

The Titans were led by their big four players, but also saw great work from the depth in the bench.

“I thought my bench played extremely well tonight,” Sakalas said. “I thought they stepped up.

“A lot of them are gonna be returners for next year (and) we’re gona be counting on them and I thought they stepped up very well.”

Moore led the Titans with a huge game of 27 points and eight rebounds.

Corley finished with 15 points, Laekyn Jaciuk had six points and five boards and Leah Malam had five points and six rebounds.

With the win the Titans advance to Friday’s district final against DRL rival Woodhaven.

Anderson’s season has ended at the hands of the Warriors the last two years and the team shared the league title in the 2012-2013 season. But this year the Titans went undefeated in the league for sole possession of the title and will be looking to beat Woodhaven for the third time in two months on Friday.

“We’re gonna see what happens,” Sakalas said. “We’ll prepare for them tomorrow at practice and we’ll come back on Friday.”

Last Updated: 2/28/2014 1:49:12 PM EST