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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Belleville handles Livonia Clarenceville

The Belleville Tigers girls’ basketball team had its bench step up when their two bigs Daniela Perez and Paris Lawrence found themselves in foul trouble early on in Friday’s 54-32 win over Livonia Clarenceville.

Junior Brianna Smiley led the Tigers with scoring with 16 points while also grabbing four rebounds.

“We started off slow and then we got into a little bit of foul trouble, which hurt,” Tigers’ head coach Joe Brodie said.” Our reserves stepped in for us in the second quarter and opened up the gap a little bit before halftime.”

Perez didn’t see much action in the first half and ended with just two points.

To start the game, Brodie had his two bigs guard Clarenceville’s 6-foot forward Ayanna Buckley, who finished with 16 points. Most her points coming from the free throw line.

“We were at least keeping her from scoring buckets and making her earn them at the free throw line,” Brodie said.

“Once Perez and Lawrence left, Brodie sent out freshman Alexis Kilpatrick out on the court to cover Buckley.

“She had to come with Danny and Paris being in foul trouble and she had the responsibility of taking over that Buckley girl,” Brodie said.” She filled in the same way. She did a nice job covering the post and getting rebounds.”

With its offense struggling, , Brodie has Belleville thriving on the defensive end.

“So far this year the girls have done a pretty good job,” he said. “Defensively, we were pretty solid, which helped.

“We're getting contributions from everybody,” Brodie said. “I had (all the girls) scoring there and rebounding here.”

“So, the girls are playing well and stepping up when they need to.”

The Tigers held Clarenceville to 31-14 in the first half.

In the second half, Brodie switched up the offense to spread out Clarenceville’s defense and once they did things opened up for the Tigers.

So much so that freshman Victoria Perez finished with seven points and eight rebounds.

“She played a pretty solid game,” Brodie said. “Her stats won't show up on the coach's card. She did a good job helping with that girl too.”

With the win, the Tigers improve to 5-1 and will travel to Fordson Jan. 3 for a 5:30 p.m. game.

Last Updated: 12/20/2013 11:49:25 PM EST

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