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Team effort leads to win



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Jessica Altene's block causes a Pontiac player to lose control of the ball. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
February 05, 2014 - Senior Alaina Cook caught the pass from senior teammate Carly Giroux before she put it through the hoop.

Within the next few minutes, she scored two more baskets to help the girls gain a lead on Pontiac last Thursday.

A field goal from junior Ashley Skaggs ended the first quarter 20-0.

By the time the final quarter finished the Lady Wolves won, 43-8.

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"It was a very good team effort," said Tim Wasilk, head coach Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball. "It was very unselfish as they moved the ball around and got some quality shots. There were a lot of good touches inside and out.

"We did a good job defensively," he added about keeping Pontiac in the single digits. "We pressed a little bit in the first quarter and created a few turnovers then we just played our half court man-to-man defense and communicated well. We did a pretty good job with the defensive drops."

Cook led the team with 10 points and senior Kacy Robinson added nine points with three field goals.

"It was a great game for our girls who don't get to get in as much," Wasilk added. They got a lot of playing time tonight. Remia Bryant and Katelyn Kuenzel, two seniors who haven't played a lot this year, got a lot of time and scored tonight."

He added sophomore Kelsey Hunt, a player they brought up from the JV team also had some time on the floor.

"It is good to see her get some varsity experience and get accustomed to some of the things we are doing."

The girls beat Ann Arbor Huron on Jan. 29 in overtime, 60-58.

"It was a good game," said Wasilk. "We were down nine in the third quarter and we put a press on them. It worked well. It created some tempo for us and sped the game up. Our kids played harder in the second half and just found a way to win."

Clarkston grabbed possession at the beginning of overtime to score early. Robinson scored three points in overtime while Erika Davenport added seven and Jessica Altene scored two for the win.

"We were pretty aggressive hitting the offensive glass," said Wasilk. "We rebounded well and hit some layups."

Davenport led with 23 points for the night and Robinson had 21 points.

The Lady Wolves (11-2) head to West Bloomfield on Friday. JV begins at 5:30 p.m.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.
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