Stevenson girls hoops races past L'Anse Creuse

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published December 5, 2017

 Sterling Heights Stevenson junior wing Dana Vitale throws up a shot in her team's 36-25 Dec. 5 win over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse.

Sterling Heights Stevenson junior wing Dana Vitale throws up a shot in her team's 36-25 Dec. 5 win over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

 Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse senior guard Christyna Warner, left, and Sterling Heights Stevenson junior forward Hannah Scopas battle for possession during a Dec. 5 Stevenson win.

Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse senior guard Christyna Warner, left, and Sterling Heights Stevenson junior forward Hannah Scopas battle for possession during a Dec. 5 Stevenson win.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A big second-half surge helped propel the Sterling Heights Stevenson girls basketball team to a 36-25 win over Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse as the team’s met in an early-season contest Dec. 5 at L'Anse Creuse.

The Titans (2-2 overall) outscored the Lancers 27-10 in the second half and 11-4 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

“I just thought we got after it (on defense) in the second half,” Stevenson coach Brian Hottle said. “That’s what we like to do — we like to pressure the ball and create turnovers, and try to get easy baskets. We were able to do that in the second half tonight.”

L’Anse Creuse (0-2) got an early third-quarter bucket from sophomore forward Daniah Beavers to go up 17-9 on Stevenson before the Titans stormed back. A quick 9-0 run gave the Titans an 18-17 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

L’Anse Creuse built a 15-9 halftime lead on the play of Beavers, who scored 11 of her 15 points in the first half. Lancers coach Lisa Downey said Beavers did a solid job of establishing position and knocking down shots in the first half, but that Stevenson made adjustments on defense that made it tough on Beavers and her teammates in the second half.

“They were better conditioned than us,” Downey said. “We’ve got to work on that so we can stay in games like this. The speed of the game was too much for us at points tonight,”

Stevenson senior guard Tori Beers led her team with 15 points.  Titans sophomore guards Danielle Lamoreaux and Brittany Barnett eached chipped in with 7 points.

“We don’t have a superstar, but we have (nine to 10) solid players; we’ve got depth,” Hottle said. “If we get contributions from everybody, we’ll be OK.”

Stevenson’s next game is against New Baltimore Anchor Bay at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at home.

L’Anse Creuse next takes the court for a matchup against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 on the road.