By Chris Zadorozny
With two of the top player’s in the state, Southgate Anderson (1-0) took no time in showing that to Melvindale on Friday night in the season opener for the Titans.
Ranked 14th in the state, senior guard Amani Corley took control early, leading her team to a 58-16 win over the Cardinals (1-1).
The Titans went on a 10-0 run in the first two minutes of the opening quarter, with Corley racking up two of the first three buckets, along with an assist early. Corley finished the night with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Her counterpart, senior center Tinara Moore, who is also ranked in the top 100 in the state, racked up four points and two rebounds. Moore controlled the paint with her 6’4” frame, dishing it out to many of her teammates along the 3-point arc.
After the first quarter and a 24-7 lead, the Titans slowed down a bit, only notching 17 points in the second quarter, 13 in the third, and just four points in the final frame.
With a 41-12 lead at halftime, the Titans went into the locker room still looking to make improvements in their season opener. “One of the things at halftime we said we want to pick it up defensively,” said Anderson head Coach Larry Sakalas. “Our motto this year is defense and rebounding. They made a mission that they didn’t want them to score in the second half and play as physical as we can defensively.”
The Titans did just that, only allowing four points in the second half; two field goals in the fourth quarter.
He pulled both Moore and Corley with about 7:00 minutes to go in the game, with a running clock, giving the rest of the team a chance to play.
Despite getting outplayed, and all-around dominated by the Titans, Melvindale head Coach Tom Schick was very upbeat about his team’s loss. “When you’re top 10 in the state, that’s just what’s going to happen,” said Schick, speaking of the Titans win. “I was really proud of my girls because they didn’t give up, all the way down to the end. They hung in there and they at least tried to accomplish things.”
Schick was proud that his Cardinals did not let their opponents intimidate them.
“They did not get timid against a superior team,” said Schick. “That was my main focus before the game. I don’t want them to be intimidated by anybody. You can’t get better if you’re intimidated. I was extremely pleased.”
Leading the way for the host Cardinals was junior forward Chelsie Thompson with eight points. Also contributing was junior guard Maribel Perez who had three points and three rebounds, along with freshman forward Courtney Waltonbaugh who had two points and three rebounds.
Other than Corley and Moore, the points were spread around for the Titans. Senior forward Leah Malam had a strong first half, notching all nine of her points then, along with bringing down four boards.
Junior Mena Ames had nine points, while seniors Samantha Mazur and Celeste Black had six points apiece and one and three rebounds respectively.
Up next for the Cardinals is a date with the Roosevelt Bears on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 pm, while Anderson will host Gibraltar Carlson in the Titans home opener the same day.
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