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ROUNDUP: No singing the Blues at Anchor Bay

Photo by: Chuck Pleiness,
Macomb Daily
Photo by: Chuck Pleiness, Macomb Daily

Story by: Chuck Pleiness, Macomb Daily


Senior Night can play havoc on a game plan.

Just ask Anchor Bay girls basketball coach Dave Kuznia.

His squad turned a three-point deficit after one quarter into an 18-point victory over L'Anse Creuse North Tuesday night to claim at least a share of the MAC Blue Division championship.

"We didn't do anything differently we just had to execute the plan that we came in with," Kuznia said after his Tars' 44-26 win over the visiting Crusaders. "We just talked about it more and finally started to execute."

After giving up 12 points to LCN in the first quarter, Anchor Bay held the Crusaders to 14 point over the final three quarters.

Anchor Bay has just three seniors on the squad.

"I think we might have been a little distracted," Kuznia said. "The plan went out the window and we had to re-remind ourselves what exactly we were supposed to do."

The Tars (9-1, 11-3) own a half-game lead over Lakeview in the MAC Blue Division race.

The Huskies, who have won the last two MAC Blue titles, close their divisional portion of the season on Thursday at Fraser.

Anchor Bay last won the MAC Blue title in the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't expect it with five 10th graders on my team, but the senior captains really took them under their wing," Kuznia said. "They're a great influence on the younger girls and the younger girls are just as much of a great influence on the older girls.

"It's a complete team effort," Kuznia added. "It's so great to see."

The Tars' game plan was to closely guard LCN's Brooke Daniels.

"We put a very good defender, Taylor Wolfe, on number five," Kuznia said. "She's an amazing offensive player, very fast. We just tried to keep the ball out of her hands.

"And we really tried to protect the lane because that's where they're really a big threat," Kuznia added. "They have a lot of girls that can drive the lane so we tried to take that away."

The Tars held Daniels to six points.

Kelsey Duffey also added six points for LCN (5-4, 11-4).

Kelsie Thomas led the Tars with 13 points and Wolfe chipped in 11. Aubrey Shin added nine points.