GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Bears solid play beats Chargers in sesaon opener

By Chris Zadorozny

The season opener for both the Crestwood Chargers and Roosevelt Bears was good for one team, and bad for the other. On Tuesday evening in Dearborn Heights, the Chargers started and finished strong, but it was the in between play that hurt Crestwood the whole night.

The first couple of minutes for the Chargers were great, as were the last few minutes, but the 30 turnovers in between didn’t help, and the Bears took control, finishing off the Chargers 39-28.

Freshman AnnMarie Carmona started the scoring early with a two-point bucket just 18 seconds in and then hit a three-point bucket just two minutes later. A 5-0 lead early looked good, but then the Bears started the comeback.

Once the Bears took the lead, it was hard for them to look back, despite the Chargers having a one-point lead (11-10) at the end of the first quarter.

The Bears took a lead two minutes into the second quarter and never looked back en route to a 21-14 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter, the Bears really took off, dominating the rest of the game, until the fourth quarter, when the Chargers pulled within 11 points with about two minutes to go.

It wasn’t the way Chargers head coach William Bright wanted things to go.

“They started pressing us, we didn’t have the press very well, we missed shots, and things started to just accumulate where we just had a hard time getting into our game plan,” he said.

On the other side of the court, Roosevelt head Coach Ron Adkins thought his team played very well, despite some missed shots. “I thought we played well. We had a strong third quarter,” he said. “Not as many shots fell as we would’ve liked, but that’ll come.”

Leading the way for the Chargers were seniors Magan Mourad and Danielle Clarke who combined for half of the team’s 28 points. Mourad had five points and two rebounds while Clarke had nine points and nine rebounds.

Leading the way for the Bears were junior Halie Fratangelo with nine points and sophomore Alea Kainz with 11 points.

Crestwood will be back at home Friday when they host Livonia Churchill. Roosevelt will open league play the same night when they travel to Woodhaven.

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