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  • Woodhaven's Cassie Breen (32) led with a team-high four triples to help push the Warriors to the district final. Photos by Dave Chapman

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A year after winning the district title and advancing all the way to the regional final, the Woodhaven girls’ basketball team has secured itself a spot in the district finals again.

Despite a few pushes from Roosevelt in the middle quarters, the Warriors had a fairly easy time running the floor and ended the Bears’ season with a 58-37 victory.

It was a 3-2 game in favor of Woodhaven early on but the Warriors went on a 10-0 run for a 16-6 lead after eight minutes.

The Bears put together a run of their own in the second and late in the second, Alyssa Mascia knocked down two free throws to put Roosevelt within seven (24-17).

But the Warriors pushed back and a Hailey Leidel field goal at the buzzer gave Woodhaven a 30-17 halftime advantage.

“We cut it to seven right before halftime and I think we had three consecutive turnovers and they pushed it back to 13 and I don’t think we really every recovered form that,” Roosevelt Coach Ron Adkins said.

Roosevelt made a push again mid third quarter when Tierney Runions put it within eight (33-25) but a Cassie Breen triple immediately after sent the Warriors off and running again.

They led 40-28 after three and a big fourth quarter (18-9) sealed the deal.

Woodhaven Coach Rodney Scharboneau talked to his team about turning things around in the second half to ensure the win.

“It’s always a tough game when you play Wyandotte,” he said. “Wyandotte kept running at us and we kept responding. We talked about how we have to keep our effort consistent. We fell off there in the second half a little bit and Wyandotte took it to us.

“(At the half) we talked about how we’re gonna come up in the third quarter and we’re gonna play harder and if Wyandotte continues to play hard and we play hard we should be okay.”

The Warriors had another strong night from the long-range shot, finishing the night with eight triples for a total of 17 so far in district action.

Breen led in triples with four and finished with 15 points and three rebounds.

Leidel topped the scorebook with 21 points and seven rebounds and was 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Manning had three triples of her own for 12 points and also brought down six boards and Lyndsay Brennan finished with five points and five rebounds.

Roosevelt was led by Nicole Ostrowitz with 10 points and six rebounds.

Alea Kainz had six points and 11 boards, Sydney Greene had six points and six rebounds and Mascia had two points and tow rebounds.

The Bears will graduate eight seniors and Adkins said they will be a tough group to replace.

“I’m very proud of them,” he said. “I love this group. I love the way they practice every day, I love the way they play ever game.

“There’s no quitting those kids and you’ve gotta love it.”

Adkins said his team wanted to slow things down and ultimately made too many mistakes.

“Our game plan was really not to try to run with them because we figure that’s their style and it favorites them,” he said. “I thought we had some opportunities.

“Layups and free throws we talk about every day and if you miss layups and free throws and they come down and hit threes, then it’s tough to recover from.”

With the win, Woodhaven moves on to face Anderson in Friday’s district finals.

The Warriors knocked out Anderson in last year’s district semifinal after triple overtime but Anderson went undefeated in the league this year.

“They’re the team to beat,” Scharboneau said. “Hopefully it’s gonna be a great game and we can show up and play hard and see what happens.”

Last Updated: 2/28/2014 1:50:02 PM EST