Chippewa Hills senior upbeat over team’s quick start

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REMUS — Alexis Issette is healthy this basketball season and that’s good news for the Chippewa Hills girls team.

The Warrior senior was coming off an ACL injury last winter and came back for the last few games.

“I wasn’t really a key player, I wasn’t a game changer at all because I was still recovering,” she said.

Issette had a solid volleyball season and had been 100 percent for awhile while staying active in sports

“We were at team camps over the summer,” she said.

It’s her fourth varsity season, and it started off 4-1 prior to a 46-32 loss to Tri County on Friday in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.

“Since my injury, I’m not really a strong ball handler,” Issette said. “But I shoot when I’m open.”

She indicated her best shot is usually around the 15-foot range.

“I want to get better at shooting threes,” Issette said. “I need to be set, and calm. I know I can make it. I just need to work on my consistency.”

Issette wants to work on her rebounding.

“I’m used to playing scared of being hurt,” she said. “I’m ready now.”

With 100 percent physical health, Issette indicated she’s more comfortable of mixing it up inside and boxing out as effectively as possible.

The Warriors are set for home game this week in CSAA action with Grant on Tuesday and Reed City on Friday.

“I’m really impressed with how we’re doing,” Issette said. “I didn’t know what to expect with a new coach (C.J. Blaha). Last year was pretty hard to watch. But we’ve been communicating well on the court and pulling things together. We’ve got all the
components.”

Defense has especially been a strength for the Warriors.

“We’ve held everybody pretty well in scoring,” Issette said. “I hope to continue to be able to do that. It’s the help defense we need to work on the most. We’re not that good on one-on-one defense. If we work on our help defense, I don’t think a lot of teams will beat us this year.

“We have to work on staying calm on offense. I know the defense is there. We have what that takes. We have to stay calm. In the first quarter, we tend to have more turnovers than any other quarter. We have to work on coming out harder.”

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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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