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Second half surge lifts Lakeview girls basketball past L'Anse Creuse in district final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 6, 2020

 Members of the St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls basketball team celebrate with their Division 1 district title trophy after a 50-24 March 6 win over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse. The Huskies have won two straight district titles and three in five seasons.

Members of the St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls basketball team celebrate with their Division 1 district title trophy after a 50-24 March 6 win over Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse. The Huskies have won two straight district titles and three in five seasons.

Photo by Jason Carmel Davis

 Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse girls basketball coach Lisa Downey gives instructions during a 2020 Division 1 district round game. The Lancers advanced to a district final and finish the season above .500 for the first time since 2013.

Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse girls basketball coach Lisa Downey gives instructions during a 2020 Division 1 district round game. The Lancers advanced to a district final and finish the season above .500 for the first time since 2013.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls basketball coach Joe Charrette called this win just as big as its district title in 2016 — when the program ended a long postseason-championship drought.

The Huskies had just beat Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 50-24 March 6 in a Division 1 district final.

"This is special. This team thinks it's going to win these types of games now," said Charrette, whose team now sits at 20-3 on the season. 

Lakeview has now won 14 games in a row. The streak comes after the team lost 6-foot-6 center Joslyn Brennan for the season with a knee injury.

Charrette said the team had to reinvent itself, going from an inside-out style to an attack that features the team's wings.

"I feel so bad for (Brennan). She's missing out on a lot of accolades," Charrette said. "But we've had fun doing it. Even after losing (Brennan) our goals didn't change. Winning a district title is one of those goals."

Lakeview, which won a regional title in 2019, outscored L'Anse Creuse 32-12 after halftime. The Huskies, who now face Utica Eisenhower in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 10 at Utica Ford II, led by 6 at the half.

Lakeview junior wing Tricia Sankiewicz, who led all scorers with 15 points, said Charrette fired the team up between the second and third quarters.

"Coach just got us ready to play. He pepped us up because we played a little sloppily in the first half," Sankiewicz said. 

Charrette echoed Sankiewicz's sentiments. The Lakeview coach said his players made some sloppy turnovers early in the game and just missed a high number of shots.

Lancers coach Lisa Downey, whose team at 13-9 finished a season above .500 for the first time since 2013, said the pace of the game gave her team fits.

"We needed to keep it close so we could slow the game down," Downey said. "We don't have the speed to play at a quicker pace. They sped us up, and we got out of sync. I'm proud of the players for how they fought."

Downey said big-game experience played a factor as well. She noted that several Lakeview players have played in multiple district and regional round games, while no player on her roster had been in a district final.

Charrette is confident in his team heading into the next round.

"We won't be scared," Charrette said. "The girls will go into the regional thinking they can win it."

Huskies senior wing Taedom Stein and junior forward Ariana Wlodeck each scored 10 points in the win.

L'Anse Creuse senior center Dania Beavers, one of three players the team loses to graduation, led her team with 9 points.