Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse girls basketball coach Lisa Downey, left, talks with junior guard Alivia Boedeker during a Jan. 8 win over Marine City High. Turnovers have been a cause for concern for the Lancers so far this season. Downey is hopeful that can change as her players get more in-game reps.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse girls basketball coach Lisa Downey, left, talks with junior guard Alivia Boedeker during a Jan. 8 win over Marine City High. Turnovers have been a cause for concern for the Lancers so far this season. Downey is hopeful that can change as her players get more in-game reps.

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L’Anse Creuse girls hoops coach looking for improvement

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 11, 2019

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Injuries and an infusion of youth caused the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse girls basketball team to start slowly, but things could be turning around.

At press time, the Lancers were 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

But the team had won two of its last three games through Jan. 9 and averaged 50.7 points per contest — the team has put up 39.4 points per game on the season.

What’s helped is the team is starting to find its range from 3-point land. In its first win of the season — a Dec. 17 triumph over Armada High — L’Anse Creuse drained seven 3-pointers on its way to a 68-45 win. Coach Lisa Downey said she’s put an increased emphasis on taking more deep shots.

“We’re working on playing faster and running a fast break to score points in transition, and we want to shoot more (3-pointers) this season,” Downey said, adding that she feels she has four or five capable shooters from the outside. “We need our perimeter players to stretch the defense by hitting outside shots.”

Turnovers were an issue early, as the Lancers started 0-4. L’Anse Creuse has five sophomores on its roster and has been without some guards for much of the season. Taking care of the ball is vital if the Lancers want to win games, Downey said.

Rebounding on both ends is also key, according to the coach.

“We always pride ourselves in being an outstanding defensive team that will play hard, rebound and not allow easy baskets,” Downey said. “I feel we can develop into that type of defensive team as we gain experience and the court awareness needed to stay matched up, and contest all shots and not allow dribble penetration into the lane.”

The Lancers aren’t a one-player show, Downey said. The team relies on contributions from several players.

That includes junior center Daniah Beavers, senior forward Sydney Dhue, junior forward Imani McGlown, sophomore forward Hannah Bruechert, junior guard Alivia Boedeker, and sophomore guards Rylee Thomas and Jaycie LaValley.

“I feel we have a great deal of potential with a very young roster that has a big upside,” Downey said. “Our team is very close and has excellent chemistry. The girls really enjoy being in the gym and being around each other. They have fun on and off the court as a team, and I feel that will help us thrive as the season progresses.

“They are outstanding students and great role models. I am very proud of how they represent Lady Lancer basketball, and I look forward to every practice as I see them improve and work to be the best they can be on a daily basis.”

L’Anse Creuse’s next game is against St. Clair High at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 on the road.

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