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Posted: 01/30/13

Above, freshman Morgan Gardner getting the ball passed to her to drive the lane against Stevenson. Below, Senior Andrea Madden shooting a hook shot over her Stevenson opponent.

(Observer photos by Mike Nicley)

Varsity girls running out of
time with 2-4 MAC Red record

Observer Sports Writer
      As we head into early February, high school basketball coaches everywhere are looking for signs that their teams are coming together while showing some consistency at both ends of the floor.
       With just seven games remaining in the 20 game schedule, there isn't much time left.
       For the Romeo girls' basketball team, which usually fairs quite well in the post season, there are still some kinks to work out.
       The Lady Bulldogs split their games last week, dropping Sterling Heights Stevenson on Tuesday and then getting blown out on Thursday by Grosse Pointe North. They are now 8-5 overall and 2-4 in the MAC Red.
       "We came out a little flat in both games,'' said Romeo Coach Connie Hernden. "We've been having issues with that over the past few weeks. We are not playing with passion and excitement to start games and it's really hurting our ability to get out early and gain some confidence. We have to find that spark and hunger to start games and keep that intensity throughout the game."
       Romeo, 56; Stevenson, 43:
       Jan. 22, at Romeo, the Lady Bulldogs led by just three, 22-19, at the half but outscored the Titans, 34-24, in the second half to win easily.
       Lindsey Hernden, three steals, four rebounds and eight assists, led all scorers with 17 points, including going 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
       Kylie Resner had six rebounds and three blocks, finishing with a season-high nine points and went 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
       Lauren Bright and Chelsea Malburg (five rebounds) each had six points; Ariana Compo, Rachael Boeve and Danielle Szajna had four points each and Andrea Madden, Briana Becker and Jodie Bosheers had two points apiece for Romeo.
       "I thought Lindsey had a tremendous game. She started out slow, but really came out strong in the second half,'' said Hernden. "She got us going and really showed some leadership down the stretch. Kylie (Resner) also had a really nice game. She is progressing nicely and is seeing the floor more because of it. She has been working hard in practice and bringing that to the games. She rebounds well, defends and can score too."
       Grosse Pointe North, 49; Romeo, 21:
       Thursday, at Grosse Pointe, Romeo failed to score in the first quarter and had just eight points at the half.
       Hernden led the Lady Bulldogs with seven points. Morgan Gardner and Bosheers had four each and Becker, Resner and Bright had two points each for Romeo.
       "It was an ugly game from the start and I really have nothing good to say about it,'' said Hernden. "We did not do one good thing on either side of the ball."
       Romeo will play at Warren Fitzgerald in a non-league game this Friday night.

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