Fraser High girls basketball begins a fresh season

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 10, 2019

 Fraser High senior Jamison Brown advances the ball during a practice earlier this year. At press time, Fraser was off to a 1-1 start.

Fraser High senior Jamison Brown advances the ball during a practice earlier this year. At press time, Fraser was off to a 1-1 start.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FRASER — Fraser High girls basketball coach Dave Kuppe said he hasn’t had a challenge like this in a while.

Kuppe said this season’s squad is a “very inexperienced” one. Although there are some seniors in the mix, virtually none of them played much last year.

“We have a lot (of) new people,” Kuppe said. “We brought a bunch of kids up. … We’re working hard, but there’s a lot to learn, especially at this level in our league.”

With the way the game is played at the varsity level being a “whole lot different than JV and freshmen,” some players may have to adapt to a different style of basketball than are used to.

“The game speed is so fast right now,” Kuppe said. “Girls are bigger, stronger, faster than they have been (in) years. And the way girls play basketball now is like boys. So, it’s changed dramatically since I’ve started here.”

Senior Jamison Brown has considered what role she could play to help some of her less experienced teammates.

“The level of the game is completely different from JV or even freshman,” Brown said. “So, my role would be to help them and support them. … Just be there for them. Last year when I was a junior, the seniors were there for me.”

At press time, Fraser was 1-1 overall and hadn’t played a game in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

While Kuppe isn’t pretending this season won’t be without its share of challenges, he has also thought of some of the potential positives.

“I’m optimistic. You put all this time in, work hard. You want them to be successful. They (want to) be successful,” he said. “Maybe somebody will step up, be better than what we think. We get the right combination, maybe we can beat some of the good teams.”

Although wins may not come in droves this season, as a coach, Kuppe can derive satisfaction in other ways.

“When I can see somebody do something that we’ve worked and worked and worked hard on, they didn’t get it, and all of a sudden it clicks and they can, that’s a win,” Kuppe said. “That’s what it’s (going to) be with this group this year. … The question is, how are they (going to) grow?”

Up next, Fraser plays at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at home against Roseville High.

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