Hot shooting, strong defense push Lakeview girls hoops past Fraser

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published January 10, 2020

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Taedom Stein, pictured during a Dec. 8 game against Bloomfield Hills Marian, scored 16 points in the Huskies 59-15 Jan. 10 win over Fraser High.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Taedom Stein, pictured during a Dec. 8 game against Bloomfield Hills Marian, scored 16 points in the Huskies 59-15 Jan. 10 win over Fraser High.

Photo by Donna Agusti

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview junior wing Tricia Sankiewicz has been playing with a lot of confidence recently, according to Huskies coach Joe Charrette.

That showed as she drained a career high six 3-pointers in the Huskies' 59-15 win Jan. 10 over Fraser High in a key Macomb Area Conference Blue Division matchup.

"Coach is always in my ear yelling, 'shoot,'" Sankiewicz said. "Tonight I had the green light."

Lakeview and Fraser each entered the game at 1-1 in MAC Blue play, with both losing to 2-0 Macomb L'Anse Creuse North. Sankiewicz, who finished with a game-high 20 points, called the win a crucial one.

"We already lost to (L'Anse Creuse North) once, and since that was so early in the season, we knew we couldn't drop another game in the league," Sankiewicz said. "We wanna stay in the race for the division title, so we had to have this one."

Lakeview dominated the game on both ends. The Huskies (5-2, 2-1 MAC Blue) held the Ramblers (5-3, 1-2 MAC Blue) 15 points below their season average. Fraser came into the game allowing just 22.4 points per game and gave up close to triple that.

"We didn't want to give them a chance to get into any of their sets," Charrette said. "We wanted to speed them up and try to create some turnovers to get some easy baskets, and we were able to do that."

The Huskies are coming off a season that saw the team advance to the state quarterfinals for the first time. Players having nights like Sankiewicz had is key, Charrette said. The team has a strong post presence in 6-foot-6 senior Joslyn Brennan, who scored 4 points in the win but played limited minutes after taking a nasty spill. 

If the team is to match or surpass last season's success, knockdown shooting is vital, Charrette said.

"We've got shooters and you can't single cover (Brennan) in the post," Charrette said. "This the third game in a row we've played really well. We're hitting our stride."

Lakeview senior wing Taedom Stein netted 16 points in the win — 12 in the second half. 

Three Fraser players — seniors Jamison Brown, Haley Shepard and Olivia Gerebics — each scored 3 points.

Lakeview's next game is against Chippewa Valley at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 on the road.

Fraser next takes the court against Anchor Bay at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 on the road.