The Macomb Daily

‘UTICA RALLIES AROUND ITS OWN’

Lakeview knocks off Utica in MAC White play; Chieftain community celebrates ‘Team Tisch Day’

- By Chuck Klonke

Madison Geib’s basketball career at Lakeview hit a low point a year ago when she was sent down to the Junior Varsity A team.

That’s a distant memory for the junior post player who has been having a breakout season for the Huskies.

“It was kind of a confidence dropper,” Geib said Thursday after scoring a gamehigh 14 points in Lakeview’s 44-34 victory against Utica in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

“I like to fight for my playing time. On JV I was pretty much given it and I didn’t have to put in the work to get that playing time. I like to know that I have to fight for my spot rather than think, ‘Oh, I’m going to play my four quarters.’”

Geib has been winning that fight this season. She has been a presence in the post offensivel­y and defensivel­y.

“To come back from (being sent down) as a player mentally and have this kind of a breakout year says something about her,” said Lakeview coach Scott Archibald. “She’s been a focal point of our offense. When I took over the program I wanted to get her going as soon as possible because we have another year with her.”

Geib said she has had a lot of help from Archibald and teammate Autumn Wirick.

“He’s really helped me with my post game,” Geib said. “We weren’t doing a lot of post play last year. It’s helped because we have a lot of undersized teams in our league.

“I’ve gotten better at moving my feet on defense. I think that we’ve gotten a lot better boxing out. We’ve been working really hard during practice. Autumn has helped me a lot all through high school. I really thank her for that.”

Neither team was able to establish a comfortabl­e lead through most of the game. After three quarters the game was tied at 27all. A 3-point basket by Zion Harris in the first minute of the fourth quarter sparked an 11-2 run by the Huskies that gave them a 38-29 lead with two minutes to play.

Archibald said that he quickly discarded the game plan he had put in during the week.

“We thought we were going to go with a 3-2 zone,” he said. “I called it off about a minute in because I wasn’t getting the vibe that it was going to work tonight. Props to the girls for digging in on that man-to-man. They communicat­ed very well. They boxed out so the rebounding was there. We didn’t want to give (Utica) the shots we gave them last game. They did a great job of stopping that.”

The Chieftains won the earlier meeting 50-46.

“You have to give a lot of credit to Lakeview. Their girls came to play, especially their post players,” said Utica coach Jay Muchortow. “Early on, we tried to run some 1-2-2 which we had success with earlier and their posts did really well getting shots down low. Their guards did a good job from outside, so credit to them for coming into a tough environmen­t and getting the win.”

Harris finished with 13 points for Lakeview, including seven in the fourth quarter.

Vanessa Galovich led Utica with 11 points and sophomore Violet Smith added nine.

Lakeview is 2-5 in the MAC Blue and 5-8 overall. Utica slipped to 3-4 in the division and 3-11 overall.

The game is usually all that matters. Not this time.

When the girls basketball teams from Utica and Lakeview met Thursday night in the Macomb Area Conference White Division, the game was only part of the focus.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted in the win and loss column but it was more than basketball today,” Utica coach Jay Muchortow said after the Huskies’ 44-34 victory on Team Tisch Day.

The Chieftains dedicated the evening to Andrea Tisch and her family. Andrea, who has been active in the Utica Boosters Club for years and has been a valuable volunteer

 ?? PHOTOS BY GEORGE SPITERI — FOR MEDIANEWS GROUP ?? Utica players wore hot pink shirts in support of Andrea Tisch who was battling cancer. Tisch passed away early Friday morning.
PHOTOS BY GEORGE SPITERI — FOR MEDIANEWS GROUP Utica players wore hot pink shirts in support of Andrea Tisch who was battling cancer. Tisch passed away early Friday morning.
 ?? ?? Lakeview defeated Utica 43-34 as the Chieftains celebrated a Pink Out for “Team Tisch Night.”
Lakeview defeated Utica 43-34 as the Chieftains celebrated a Pink Out for “Team Tisch Night.”

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