By Chris Zadorozny
A much heated rivalry game between Wyandotte Roosevelt and Southgate Anderson didn’t disappoint on Thursday night.
In a chippy and physical, yet high-scoring game, the home team came out on top, thanks in part to a big second quarter, as Anderson defeated Roosevelt 48-30.
“They came out battling, and we battled right back. In the second quarter, we kind of took charge a little bit, and that was kind of the difference in the game,” said Anderson Coach Larry Sakalas.
Anderson started the scoring early, ending the first quarter with 12 points. They went on a 6-0 run in the first two minutes, and scored the final six points in the final 2:46.
In the second quarter the Titans pulled away. With a 12-4 lead going into the second quarter, seniors Tinara Moore and Celeste Black and Amani Corley led the team combining for 12 of Anderson’s 17, second quarter points.
Anderson went on a big eight-point run at the five-minute mark, that ate up nearly two and a half minutes. Roosevelt tried to find an answer, and had scoring spurts, but not enough to keep up with Anderson.
“We didn’t execute our game plan the way we talked about in practice. We let emotion get to us,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adkins. “They’re a good team, I give them a lot of credit.”
At the half, with Anderson up 29-13, Sakalas knew his team was playing well, so late in the third, he pulled Corley and Moore to give his bench players a chance to get some experience in a big rivalry game.
“We have a lot of younger girls next year that we’re going to be counting on and (you have to) get experience when you can. We get them experience and that way they’re not coming into next season raw.”
Corley finished with eight points, two rebounds and four steals. Moore scored a game-high 13-points, adding seven rebounds and three blocks. Junior Laekyn Jaciuk had 10-points and two rebounds for Anderson.
Roosevelt senior Tierney Runions finished with eight points and four rebounds, while fellow senior Nicole Ostrowitz had four points and six rebounds.
After the third quarter, Roosevelt was down by 20, and the game was out of reach, but they didn’t give up. Adkins rotated in many bench players, who had more minutes down the stretch, and shortened the deficit.
“(I was proud of) the effort by some of the girls who maybe don’t play as much, some of the bench players coming out and playing real hard, getting some quality minutes for us,” said Adkins.
Despite the loss, Adkins was proud of the way his team played as they look to both Allen Park and Dearborn next week, which Adkins believes are two winnable games.
As for the Titans, they’ll stay busy next week with three games. The team has makeup games with Allen Park on Monday and Kennedy on Tuesday. They then play at Trenton on Thursday.
To read the original article that appeared online on MI Prep Zone on January 30, 2014, go to www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald