Macomb L'Anse Creuse North freshman guard Brooke Daniels, left, looks to make a move on Fraser High junior forward Jamison Brown during a Jan. 8 LCN win. Daniels led all scorers in the game with 14 points.

Macomb L'Anse Creuse North freshman guard Brooke Daniels, left, looks to make a move on Fraser High junior forward Jamison Brown during a Jan. 8 LCN win. Daniels led all scorers in the game with 14 points.

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Defense pushes L'Anse Creuse North girls hoops past Fraser

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published January 8, 2019

FRASER — Macomb L'Anse Creuse North girls basketball coach Bob Johnston called the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division a very tough league, and that grit was on display in his team's 35-31 Jan. 8 win over Fraser High.

The Crusaders, who start three freshmen and a sophomore, withstood a furious comeback attempt by the Ramblers, with no underclassmen on their roster. A 3-pointer from the top of the key from Fraser senior guard Elise Vitale cut what had been a 27-18 LCN lead to 35-34 with 20.6 seconds left in regulation. The Ramblers missed a chance to win late when a layup fell short.

"You saw our inexperience in this game," Johnston said. "A lot of our players aren't used to those end-of-game situations, but it's good to come away with a win."

LCN with the victory moves to 7-1, 1-1 MAC Blue. Fraser falls to 4-2, 1-1 MAC Blue.

The Crusaders for much of the game were led by their defense. LCN led 11-0 after the first quarter — a frame that saw the Ramblers attempt just four shots.

Fraser battled back in the second, outscoring the Crusaders 10-5, as LCN led 16-10 at halftime.

The Crusaders ramped up the defense in the third and led 27-16 heading into the final frame. LCN forced several live-ball turnovers, which gave the team extra possessions and opportunities to get out and run.

"We knew coming in that Fraser had some really good 3-point shooters, so we just made it a point to pressure them whenever we could," Johnston said. Fraser managed just one made 3-pointer in the game.

LCN freshman guard Brooke Daniels led all scorers with 14 points, including 10 in the second half. Daniels also notched eight steals in the game.

Vitale and senior wing Isabella Grillo led Fraser with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

LCN's next game is against Clinton Township Chippewa Valley at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11 on the road.

Fraser's next tip is against St. Clair Shores Lakeview at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 on the road.