Issette providing key senior leadership for Warriors

Grace Issette

REMUS — Chippewa Hills girls basketball team has a stiff home test Friday against Central State Activities Association Gold Division power Central Montcalm.

But seniors like Grace Issette are encouraged with the direction the team is headed, and are ready to take on various challenges in upcoming weeks.

The Warriors are coming off a 41-39 loss to Reed City on Tuesday in CSAA Gold play.

They are 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the league but have dropped some tight games. It’s Issette’s fourth varsity season.

The previous years “were rough,” Issette said. “We were really young my first year. It was tough being a freshman. My first three years were nothing compared to this. We were way stronger and have come back way harder. We’re still young this year but we have five seniors.”

Issette was a point guard her freshman year.

“My sophomore through senior year, I’ve been a shooting guard basically,” Issette said. “I’m a little rusty right now since I had a knee injury last year and didn’t get to play as much.”

Her best shot, Issette indicated, is from the wing.

The key to being an effective shooter is “elbow in,” Issette said.

Against Tri County, Newaygo and Reed City, “we all played good as a team,” Issette said. “We played well on defense, We need to slow down our offense. I think I can win more than we have in past years.”

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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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