Fraser High girls hoops season ends at district tournament

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published March 6, 2018

 Fraser High junior Elise Vitale moves with the ball during a Class A district semifinal against Warren Cousino Feb. 28. Cousino ended the Ramblers’ season with a 37-26 victory.

Fraser High junior Elise Vitale moves with the ball during a Class A district semifinal against Warren Cousino Feb. 28. Cousino ended the Ramblers’ season with a 37-26 victory.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Fraser High junior Madison Saleh controls the ball during a Class A district semifinal loss against Warren Cousino Feb. 28.

Fraser High junior Madison Saleh controls the ball during a Class A district semifinal loss against Warren Cousino Feb. 28.

Photo by Deb Jacques

FRASER — After beating Warren Mott 35-29 in a Class A district opener, Fraser High’s girls basketball season came to an end  with a 37-26 loss to Warren Cousino Feb. 28 in a semifinal at tournament host Warren Woods Tower.

Cousino won the Class A state championship in 2016 and advanced to the state semifinals last season.

The Ramblers finished the season at 16-6 overall and 7-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

“I thought we had a really good season,” Fraser coach Dave Kuppe said. “I really enjoyed this group of kids. They played hard, they got along; they pushed each other a little bit. … They didn’t give up right till the very end here. So, they have that attitude.”

Fraser’s winning record came after finishing 11-11 overall last season and 3-7 in the MAC Blue. Kuppe said the team improved a lot. 

“I really thought this year we did a great job,” he said. “We played a (lot of) teams that probably had more talent than we did, but we battled; we kept ourselves in games.”

Along with captains Olivia Byrne and Danielle Gajewski, Mary Thurman, Katrina Sanchez and Erica Lesher were Fraser’s senior representatives.

“I think they’re great kids,” Kuppe said. “(The) two senior captains have done a great job all year for us. They work hard. They’ve helped all the younger kids as much as they could. … That last game for seniors is always a tough thing.”

Kuppe expects the program to continue its upward trend

“We have nine kids returning,” Kuppe said. “I’m looking forward to another good year next year. We’re (going to) have great leadership.”

 

In other local girls basketball district action
Tournament host Sterling Heights Stevenson beat Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 45-26 in a Class A district opener Feb. 26.

Chippewa finished its season at 11-10 overall and 6-4 in the MAC Blue.