Fraser High girls hoops season concludes with playoff loss

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published March 11, 2020

 Fraser High senior Regina Chandler controls the ball during a district playoff game against St. Clair Shores Lakeview March 2. The Ramblers fell 36-18.

Fraser High senior Regina Chandler controls the ball during a district playoff game against St. Clair Shores Lakeview March 2. The Ramblers fell 36-18.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Fraser High girls basketball coach Dave Kuppe has been around the game for many years now, and he understood early on that this season was going to be a “tough” one for his squad.

After a challenging regular season, Fraser ended its year with a 36-18 loss against St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a Division 1 district opener at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore March 2.

The Ramblers finished their season at 7-14 overall and 1-9 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

Kuppe said this season was a “learning experience.”

“We had a lot of inexperienced players coming in; it sure showed at times,” Kuppe said. “But I thought as the season progressed, you get your little lulls, but I thought at the end here, we improved tremendously. … Scoring points, we had a difficult time with that. But defensively, we worked really hard on that and did a really good job.”

Kuppe noted that it takes time for a young team to become ready for the varsity level.

“It’s a slow process. It’s not overnight; it’s not one practice,” he said. “You take steps backwards in that process. We had our steps backwards and have to move forward again.”

Sometimes short-term pain can lead to long-term gain, and from Kuppe’s perspective, despite how the season concluded, value can be attained from it.

“I think it’s going to help a great deal, especially for these underclassmen,” Kuppe said. “To come into a battle like this; we got all the kids in the game and they had a chance to experience it firsthand. I think that’s going to be very valuable down the road.”

Despite years of coaching experience, even Kuppe can take lessons from this season.

“This year, it’s forced me to do some things I’ve never done before; to analyze different things, to attack different things, to teach different things,” he said. “Overall, I think it helped me be a little bit better as a coach.”

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