Lakeview girls basketball ends district drought

Alicia Bullaro, Staff Writer

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On Friday March 4, the Lakeview girls varsity basketball team won their first district championship since 1998.

The Huskies faced off against the Grosse Pointe Norsemen at Lakeshore High School. The Huskies won the game 45-42. This was the first class A district win in Lakeview history.

Three-point shooting and foul trouble for the Norsemen were key contributors to the Huskies’ win.

Huskies assistant coach, Garry Chitwood commented on the team’s 3-point shooting saying, “Three-point shooting played a very important role in the game. It can change the momentum a lot in a close game like this one.”

Back to back 3-pointers from Nicole Austin, ‘17, and Alicia Bullaro, ‘18, to start the second half helped the Huskies pull ahead quickly.

“That was a major impact,” stated Chitwood, “All of a sudden you go from four points up to ten points up in a few possessions.  And it takes away from the other side. They kind of get a little deflated.”

Chitwood explained that having a good shooting night helps to get the post players more open because it causes the defense to start guarding the shooters away from the basket.This aspect of the game helped the Huskies greatly.

Throughout the season three-point shooting was a focus for Austin and Bullaro, as well as for Seanna Saccone, ‘18, and Emma Horton, ‘16.  All of these players were given the freedom to shoot when they were open so that they could hopefully capitalize for the Huskies.

Saccone commented on the three-point shooting saying, “Shooting 3’s has been a major focus for me throughout the season, and I continually looked for my shot whenever I was open.”

Other factors that helped the Huskies to victory were injured players and foul trouble for the Norsemen.

Norsemen guard Katie Snow fouled out early in the third quarter, which gave the Huskies a lot of momentum in a close game. Although neither of these aspects were included in the Huskies’ game plan, they did play a very big role in the game.

Lakeview head coach, Joe Charrette explained that there were not many factors that changed their initial game plan.

Charrette stated, “Any time an opposing team’s best player is out the team is automatically more confident.”

Charrette also explained that the injured player’s substitute in the game scored fourteen points, which is one more than the initial started scored in the Huskies’ first meeting with the Norsemen.  Because of this Charrette said that the injury did not have much effect on the game.

The Huskies are excited about this district championship. They also see much district success in the future of Lakeview girls basketball.

The Lady Huskies were unable to win their regional match against Marian, however, they are still in high spirits with the district title.

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