Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s Talia Krause, right, looks to stop a drive by Macomb L’Anse Creuse North’s Brooke Daniels earlier this season. At press time, the Lancers had the team’s lowest scoring defense in 10 years.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s Talia Krause, right, looks to stop a drive by Macomb L’Anse Creuse North’s Brooke Daniels earlier this season. At press time, the Lancers had the team’s lowest scoring defense in 10 years.

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Defense key for L’Anse Creuse girls basketball

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 10, 2020

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse girls basketball team is playing inspired defense.

The Lancers — 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division at press time — have allowed 30.5 points per game. That clip is good for third lowest in the 36-team MAC. So far, it’s the team’s best defensive output since the 2009-10 season.

On offense, L’Anse Creuse has netted 42.2 points per contest.

Lancers coach Lisa Downey likes what she sees from her squad.

“I’ve always been a coach who believes defense is key to (a team’s) success,” Downey said. “Your shots won’t always fall, but you can always play hard and work hard on the defensive end. We want to make it hard for (opposing teams) to get the ball inside the lane, and also contest all shots.

“We must control the boards, too. We want to be known as a team that will always play hard on the defensive end of the court.”

The team is also making strides on the offensive end. If it holds, the 42.2 points scored per game would be the best for the program since the 2012-13 season.

Senior Daniah Beavers, who stands 6-foot-3, leads the way on offense. The Lancers look for quick post entry plays for Beavers. From there, Beavers can look to score or take advantage of her passing skills to find an open shooter.

Downey noted that the play of seniors Alivia Boedeker, Imani McGlown and Beavers is vital for the team’s success.

“Playing inside-out will help us get quality looks and should help us score more this season,” Downey said.

The inside-out approach on offense makes knocking down shots key. Downey said she looks to juniors Rylee Thomas, Jaycie LaValley and Lydia Hall to provide outside shooting. Junior Hannah Bruechert and sophomore Talia Krause give the team inside scoring and strong rebounding.

The team has played well to this point. The focus now shifts to making a run at a MAC Gold title. L’Anse Creuse finished second in the league last year, but hasn’t won a division championship in more than two decades.

St. Clair High won the Gold in 2019. Downey said the league is always tough. The goal for the Lancers, as always, is to compete for a division title. Downey said her team need to limit turnovers and rebound well to give itself a shot at a league crown.

The coach feels she has the team to be a factor in the race.

“I feel we have a great group of kids who come to practice wanting to learn and improve every day,” Downey said. “They get along well and really enjoy being around each other, so practice has been fun, and I am excited to see them improve every day and compete hard game in and game out.”

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