Lakeview girls basketball wraps up historic season

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 22, 2019

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview junior forward Taedom Stein takes a jumper March 19 in a state quarterfinal against Southfield A&T. The Huskies won the program’s first regional title this season before falling to the Warriors.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview junior forward Taedom Stein takes a jumper March 19 in a state quarterfinal against Southfield A&T. The Huskies won the program’s first regional title this season before falling to the Warriors.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Sophomore wing Tricia Sankiewicz looks to stop a Southfield A&T player. The Huskies lose three players to graduation and have eight eligible to return.

Sophomore wing Tricia Sankiewicz looks to stop a Southfield A&T player. The Huskies lose three players to graduation and have eight eligible to return.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Under coach Joe Charrette, the St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls basketball program has had seasons where it won more games and won division titles, but to this point, no campaign will top 2019 for the Huskies.

Lakeview reached uncharted territory, advancing to the Division 1 state quarterfinals for the first time. The team won its first-ever regional title in a 46-37 March 13 triumph over Port Huron Northern. The district title, won March 8, was the second in three years for the Huskies.

Even though the season ended in a 62-36 March 19 loss to Southfield A&T in the state quarterfinals, Charrette believes the Lakeview community will be talking about this season for years to come.

“There’s no shame in losing this game,” Charrette said after the March 19 setback. “That’s a team that can win it all. We worked hard to get here. We deserved to be here.”

Southfield A&T coach Michele Marshall said Lakeview’s game plan was a solid one, as the Huskies looked to slow things down early and played a 2-3 zone on defense to keep A&T out of the paint and off the glass. She credited the Huskies for their “don’t-quit” attitudes.

Charrette recognized the success he’s had in past seasons, but he said this group’s work ethic set it apart. He said his players enjoyed the process as much as the winning.

“They worked and battled all year. We were able to scratch out a lot of wins,” Charrette said. “And this group put a focus on accountability. When I got on them, they knew why and owned up to it. This group is special.”

The Huskies lose three key pieces to graduation: seniors Julia Decker, Ri’Shynah Lewis and Kelly Wandzel. That group early in the season told Charrette they believed the team could have a special season.

Lakeview has eight players eligible to return, including sophomore starter Kayla Austin and junior starters Taedom Stein and Joslyn Brennan. Brennan led all scorers with 19 points in the quarterfinal.

“This is the expectation going forward,” Charrette said. “That’s what I told the girls. Why not? This is unbelievable. We don’t want to have this be the last time we’re here.”

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