Warrior girls post first win of season

Chippewa Hills’ Grace Issette (2) plays defense on Evart’s Kelci Elder. (Pioneer file photo)

REMUS — Patience is usually the name of the game in high school sports.

It paid off for the Chippewa Hills girls basketball team on Tuesday.

The Warriors posted their first win of the season 56-37 over Vestaburg. The Warriors had sustained three losses coming into Tuesday’s game. They fell to Evart 47-35 in nonleague action to open the season and then lost 49-45 to Farwell in overtime. Last week they opened the Central State Activities Association Gold Division season opener to Fremont 54-30.

Junior Grace Issette scored 13 points for the Warriors in their season opener against Evart and was stressing the need for everyone to be patient for a young team.

“We’re pretty young and don’t have many seniors,” Issette said. “I think we have a lot of time to improve. We played good on defense (against Evart), but not on offense.”

Issette will be counted upon by the Warriors to step up in major ways this season.

She especially feels comfortable with her outside shooting.

“We have to know our plays and basically we need to become more comfortable with each other,” she said. “It’s easier to play with each other if you have that chemistry. I think we’ll get better.”

When the Warriors play Evart, it was Chippewa Hills’ first game compared to its opponents’ third. Issette is confident her team will get better as the season progresses.

“The key will be our offense,” she said.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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