St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior forward Taedom Stein corrals a rebound in a Dec. 8 game against Bloomfield Hills Marian. Stein is one of several players back from last year’s regional championship team.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior forward Taedom Stein corrals a rebound in a Dec. 8 game against Bloomfield Hills Marian. Stein is one of several players back from last year’s regional championship team.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Lakeview girls basketball playing with confidence

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 17, 2020

 Senior center Joslyn Brennan looks for a teammate. The Huskies’ next game is against New Baltimore Anchor Bay at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at home.

Senior center Joslyn Brennan looks for a teammate. The Huskies’ next game is against New Baltimore Anchor Bay at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at home.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls basketball team came into the season with some lofty expectations, and no one within the program sees any reason why they can’t be reached.

At press time, the Huskies were 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division. The team is coming off a run to the Division 1 state quarterfinals last season, which was a first for the program. With a number of players back from last year’s squad, Lakeview coach Joe Charrette believes the team can match, or even surpass, last season’s success.

“I think this team can be pretty good,” Charrette said. “There’s always different things to work on, and we’re working in some new pieces, but we have the talent to compete with anybody.

“The goal is to make another deep playoff run.”

The talent Charrette alluded to includes three returning starters: junior point guard Kayla Austin, senior forward Taedom Stein and senior center Joslyn Brennan. Brennan in the 2019 state quarterfinals, a loss to Southfield A&T, led all scorers with 19 points.

Brennan, who stands 6-foot-6, has caused Charrette to switch up his offensive philosophy a bit. The Huskies coach in previous seasons has used Princeton principles — constant motion, backdoor cuts, screens on and off the ball.  This season, the team has utilized more of an inside-out approach, looking to make Brennan the focal point of the attack.

“(Brennan) has done a great job so far this year of looking for her offense and finding shooters when defenses send multiple defenders at her,” Charrette said. “You can’t single cover her in the post, either. We’re making it tough for opposing teams to send more than one defender at (Brennan) because we have a number of girls who can knock down outside shots.”

That includes Austin and junior wing Tricia Sankiewicz. Sankiewicz drained a career-high six 3-pointers Jan. 10 on her way to a game-high 20 points when the Huskies beat Fraser High 59-15. Charrette said Sankiewicz has been playing with a lot of confidence.

Sankiewicz knows it’s important for the Huskies guards and wings to hit their open shots. Along with making a deep playoff run, the team wants to win a third division title in four years.

“Coach is always in my ear yelling, ‘Shoot!’” Sankiewicz said. “We already lost to (Macomb L’Anse Creuse North) once, and since that was so early in the season, we know we can’t drop another game in the league.

“We wanna stay in the race for the division title. …  We’ve got a lot of goals we want to reach. Everybody is working really hard to build off of what we did last year.”

Lakeview’s next game is against New Baltimore Anchor Bay at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at home.

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