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TROY >> Preparing to play the Birmingham Groves varsity girls basketball team can be a difficult chore for any team. Troy found that out, firsthand, Thursday night on its home court.

The Falcons full court pressure and tall, athletic lineup proved too much for the Colts to handle, as Groves led from start to finish in a 62 46 victory which kept the team within a game of first place Royal Oak in the OAA White.

speed, athleticism and length gave us fits early on in the game, said Troy head coach Simon Bato, who team trailed 15 2 after one quarter of play. came out and hit us in the mouth, so to speak. We let Sha (Carter) hurt us a little bit. Defensively, she a tough player and she was able to turn some of our turnovers into points. TROY

From the opening tip, Carter was a thorn in the side of the Colts. The senior scored seven of her game high 27 points in the opening quarter and helped get her teammates Jasmine Worthy and Ellie Ruprich into the game by setting them up with easy layups. Carter scoring was balanced out throughout the game, with 14 coming in the first half and 13 in the second.

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giving us what we need when we need it, Groves head coach Jessica Wieseler said.

Wieseler rotated girls in and out of the lineup, allowing her team to pressure the Colts early and often. Even when Troy was able to break the press and bring the ball into its halfcourt set, Groves length disrupted the flow of the Colts offense, oftentimes blocking shots or shrinking the passing lanes.

just got to work on, as we make those rotations and as we get new groups in the game, keeping that pressure up, Wieseler said.

Troy made a push in the fourth quarter, at one point cutting Groves lead to 11 points at 57 46. But a 3 pointer by junior Emilie Felax and an inside hoop by Carter helped extend the Falcons lead and keep the Colts at bay.

Junior Emily Olson led Troy with 17 points and sophomore Athena Samson added 12 in the loss, which is the third straight for the Colts (2 4 OAA White, 5 6 overall).

Groves improved to 9 2 overall and has now won six straight. The Falcons are 5 1 in OAA White play, a game behind Royal Oak (5 0) in the loss column. Groves will host Oxford next Tuesday before welcoming in the Ravens Thursday for a rematch of the two teams first game back in December. Royal Oak won that game,
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