Lakeview girls basketball wins program’s first regional title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 15, 2019

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior forward Julia Decker drives the baseline in a March 11 win over Utica High.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior forward Julia Decker drives the baseline in a March 11 win over Utica High.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview junior Joslyn Brennan goes up for a shot in a game earlier this season. The Huskies won the program’s first regional championship March 13.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview junior Joslyn Brennan goes up for a shot in a game earlier this season. The Huskies won the program’s first regional championship March 13.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls basketball coach Joe Charrette said he was a little unsure about the team’s prospects coming into the season. It seems he may have been the only one.

“The girls told me we’d have a good season. My seniors put that out there,” said Charrette, referencing seniors Julia Decker, Ri’Shynah Lewis and Kelly Wandzel. “They believed. My players believed in themselves and that’s paid off.”

It paid off in the form of the program’s first-ever regional title, in a 46-37 March 13 win over Port Huron Northern in the Division 1 playoffs. That game was also the team’s first appearance in a regional final.

“This team has worked really hard. It’s one of the hardest-working groups I’ve had,” Charrette said. “They deserve all of the success they get.”

The Huskies beat Fraser High 32-25 March 8 to claim a district crown.

Charrette called this season a testament to his players’ work ethic and talent. Lakeview is a fairly young team with four sophomores and one freshman on the roster, along with three juniors and the three seniors.

“Our players have been ready to go all year, though,” Charrette said. “We’ve laid a good foundation, and we expect to be competitive.”

Whenever the run ends, the team will lose its three seniors to graduation. Lakeview has eight players eligible to return, including sophomore starters Kayla Austin and Tricia Sankiewicz, and junior forward Joslyn Brennan.

Brennan, who stands at 6-foot-6, should be a big part of the team’s attack next season, Charrette said.

“She’s worked so hard to be a factor,” Charrette said. “Over the past three years, I’ve watched her grow as a player. She’s got so much confidence now. It’s good to see.

“We’ll see that development from a lot of our other players too. We’re going to continue to get better.”

Decker said this team is special.

“We just work really hard,” Decker said. “We don’t want this run to end.”

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