The St. Ignace Saints won the Petoskey Basketball Invitational for the third time in nine years with a 55- 41 win over the Brighton Bulldogs Saturday, December 1. They had beat the Petoskey Northmen 53-38 in the semifinals Friday, November 30. The Saints also won the first tournament, in 2004, and again in 2011.
Emily Hinsman was named most valuable player and teammates Sarah Cullip and Kelley Wright, along with Natalie Peterson of Brighton, Megan Tompkins of Petoskey, and Hunter Viitala of Marquette, were selected to the all-tournament team.
“Everyone contributed to the championship,” said Saints Coach Dorene Ingalls. “Kelsey Will, Brooklyn Chambers, and Kylie Belleville came off the bench to give us great support.”
In the championship game, foul trouble and free throw shooting played a factor. The Saints held a 14-9 lead after the first eight minutes, but the St. Ignace coaching staff was forced to use the entire team after the Saints starters went to the bench with foul trouble.
Brighton cut the margin to 29-27 with an 18-15 advantage in the second quarter. St. Ignace made 13 of 22 from the charity stripe and Brighton connected on 13 of 26.
St. Ignace settled down in the second half and held a 10-6 margin in the third quarter as Sarah Cullip made five of six free throws for a 39- 33 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Saints, 3-0 after defeating three Class A schools, opened the final eight minutes by scoring eight unanswered points as Abbey Ostman scored five and Cullip chipped in three to build a 47-33 lead with 5:51 left in the game.
Sophomore Margo Brown came off the bench to lead the Saints with 14 points, six in the fourth quarter, to close out the win with a 8-6 scoring edge.
St. Ignace scored 15 field goals and 24 of 44 (54.5 percent) from the free throw line and Brighton made 11 field goals, three treys, and 16 of 30 (53.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
Saints statistics: Margo Brown, 14 points; Sarah Cullip, 12 points, six rebounds, four assists; Emily Hinsman, nine points, eight rebounds; Kelley Wright, seven points, four rebounds, four steals; Abbey Ostman, seven points, four rebounds; Morgan LaVake, six points, six rebounds, four steals.
Bulldogs top scorers: Kelsey VanCamp, 11 points; Natalie Peterson, 10 points.
Saints Down Northmen in Tournament Semifinal
In the first game of the tournament Friday, the Saints upended Petoskey 53-48.
St. Ignace held a 12-10 edge after the first eight minutes and outscored Petoskey 18-10 in the second quarter for a 30-20 halftime lead, and held a 23-18 margin in the second half.
Saints statistics: Kelley Wright, 21 points, four rebounds; Emily Hinsman, 11 points, four rebounds; Sarah Cullip, nine points, five rebounds; Abbey Ostman, six points, 13 rebounds, six steals; Morgan LaVake, four points, four rebounds; Margo Brown, two points.
Megan Tompkins led the Northmen with 18 points.
Saints Use Second Half Effort
To Down Gaylord in Opener
The St. Ignace Saints used a strong second half effort and turned a 10 point deficit into a 69-51 non-conference road win over the Gaylord Blue Devils in the season opener at the Jim Mongeau Gymnasium Tuesday, November 27.
“We did not shoot the ball very well in the second quarter and Gaylord made just about everything they put up,” said Saints Coach Dorene Ingalls. “We came out with more energy in the second half and shot the ball much better.”
The Saints held a 15-13 firstquarter scoring edge with Sarah Cullip scoring eight points and Kelley Wright adding five. Gaylord outscored St. Ignace 25-15 in the second quarter on the strength of outside shooting by Mckenzie Edwards, picking up 15 points and three triples to build a 38-30 halftime advantage.
Gaylord scored the first field goal of the third quarter for a 40-30 lead, but the Saints put together a strong offensive and defensive effort to outscore the Blue Devils 19-3 for a 49-41 lead as Wright scored seven and Emily Hinsman chipped in six.
In the fourth quarter, freshman Abbey Ostman scored 10 points and Hinsman added eight and the Saints outscored the Blue Devils 20-10 for the 18-point win.
Saints offensive statistics: Kelley Wright, 18 points; Sarah Cullip, 16 points; Emily Hinsman, 16 points; Abbey Ostman, 13 points; Morgan LaVake, four points, 10 rebounds; Margo Brown, two points.
Mackenzie Edwards led the Blue Devils with 22 points before the senior went down with a broken wrist in the fourth quarter.
Saints Drop JV Opener
The St. Ignace Saints dropped their opener to the Gaylord Blue Devils, 50-40, in the junior varsity game.
Saints statistics: Autumn Orm, 18 points; Natalle Lee, six points; Sarah Smith, five points; Allison Gustafson and Morgan St. Andrew, four points; Sydni Sexton, three points.
Mackinaw City Opens
Season With Wins Over
The Mackinaw City Comets stand 2-0 after posting a 51-47 home win over the Cedarville Trojans Friday, November 30, and a 62-50 road win over the Pellston Hornets Tuesday, November 27.
This was the first win against an Upper Peninsula team for Coach Adam Stefanski, since he took over four years ago, and the first Comets win at Pellston in more than 10 years.
The free throw line was the difference in the win over Cedarville. Mackinaw City connected on 12 of 19 from the charity stripe and the Trojans made six of seven. Cedarville held a 41-39 scoring edge from the field.
The largest lead for the Comets was four points in the first half before the Trojans sent the game into halftime tied a 25.
In the second half, Mackinaw City had a 45-40 lead at 3:23 of the third quarter and, but Cayla Massey scored consecutive field goals and Jordan Chisholm chipped in one free throw to tie the score at 45 with 3:10 left in the game.
Courtney Wallis made six of eight free throws for the Comets in the closing 2:49 and the Mackinaw City defense held Cedarville to one field goal to post the four-point win.
Comets statistics: Courtney Wallis, 20 points, five assists, five rebounds; Chelsey Closs, 15 points, 10 rebounds, four steals; Brooke Yoder, six points, four assists; Claudia Alexander, six points, 12 rebounds; Lauren Bell, two points, nine rebounds; Blaine Yoder, two points.
Trojans statistics: Jordan Chis- holm, 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists; Alexis Barr, 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists; Shannon Sayles, seven points; Cayla Massey, six points, three assists; Madi Kruger, five points; Monica Krackowski, two points, three steals; Mary Eberts and Hope Nightlinger, two points.
Three players scored in double figures and Mackinaw City made 18 of 22 free throws in the win over Pellston.
The Comets held a 30-28 scoring edge at halftime and outscored the Hornets 32-22 in the second half to record the win.
Comets statistics: Claudia Alexander, 15 points, eight rebounds, four steals; Courtney Wallis, 14 points, six steals, five rebounds, four assists; Brooke Yoder, 10 points, four rebounds; Lauren Bell, nine points, five rebounds; Cassie LaLonde, six points; Chelsey Closs, four points, seven rebounds; Blaine Yoder, four points.
Trojans Win JV Game
The Cedarville Trojans defeated the Mackinaw City Comets 34-19 in the junior varsity game.
Trojans statistics: Bree Massey, 10 points, Ashley Sherlund, seven points; Paige Kantiz, six points; Molly Fagan, five points; Alexis Scott, four points; Maddie Kohlmann, two points.
Pickford Downs Newberry in Season Opener,
Falls to Gaylord-St. Mary
The Pickford Panthers outscored Newberry 29-19 in the second half to post a 47-34 non-league road win over the Indians Tuesday, November 27, but Friday, December 1, the Panthers fell to the Gaylord St. Mary Snowbirds, 32-30.
The Panthers led 18-15 after the first half and produced a 10-point advantage in the third and fourth quarters to post the win.
Panthers statistics: Olivia Smith, 11 points, 12 rebounds; Alyssa Mc- Cord, nine points; Taylor Miller, Jordan Stebleton, Sierra Johnson, eight points; Alicia Portice, five points.
Against the Snowbirds, the free throw line was the difference as Gaylord St. Mary made nine of 14 and the Panthers made three of 14.
Panthers statistics: Alicia Portice, 13 points, six rebounds; Olivia Smith, nine points, 16 rebounds; Jordan Stapleton, five points; Krysta Wondergem, two points; Kelsey Rambo, one point.
DeTour Records Wins Over
Alanson, Harbor Light
The DeTour Raiders opened the first week of the season with nonleague home wins over the Alanson Vikings, 39-13, Tuesday, November 27, and Harbor Light Christian Swordsmen, 56-30, Friday, November 30.
Against the Vikings, the Raiders led 21-6 at halftime and held a 18-7 margin in the second half.
Raiders statistics against Alanson: Lindsay Grzesiek, 14 points; Nicole Bouwma, nine points, eight rebounds; Rachel Hoffman, seven points; Alyssa Anderson, Holly Burton, Emily Bosley, two points.
In the win over the Swordsmen, the Raiders led 24-12 at halftime and outscored HLC 32-18 in the second half.
Raiders statistics against HLC: Nicole Bouwma, 26 points, 19 rebounds, nine steals; Rachel Hoffman, seven points, seven rebounds; Holly Burton and Emily Bosley, six points; Mary Firack and Hanna Reed, two points.
Rudyard 2-0 After Wins
Over Cedarville, Brimley
The Rudyard Bulldogs opened the season with two home games and are 2-0 after a 64-55 overtime win against the Brimley Bays Friday, November 30, and 52-48 win over the Cedarville Trojans Tuesday, November 27.
The Bulldogs led 23-19 at halftime before Brimley held a 29-25 scoring margin in the third and fourth quarters to send the game into overtime tied at 48. In the extra period, Rudyard outscored Brimley 16-7 as Becky Schwesinger and Leah Jarvie each scored eight points.
Bulldogs statistics: Leah Jarvie, 33 points, five rebounds, six steals; Becky Schwesinger, 19 points, five rebounds, three steals; Megan Trotter, 11 points, seven rebounds; Marissa Harrison, one point, 11 rebounds, six assists; Brittni Hall and Savannah Dugan, four rebounds.
Bays statistics: Anna Carrick, 14 points, Alissa Graham, 11 points; Tabitha Graham, 10 points; Taylor Mills, eight points; Anna Archambeau and Alyssa Recla, six points.
In the season opener, Rudyard held a 31-26 scoring edge over Cedarville before the Trojans cut the final score to four points with a 22- 21 margin in the second half.
Bulldogs statistics: Leah Jarvie, 21 points; Marissa Harrsion, eight points; Savannah Dugan, seven points, 10 rebounds; Megan Trotter, six points, 10 rebounds; Becky Schwesinger, five points; Dominic Tremblay, four points.
Trojans statistics: Alexis Barr, 24 points; Cayla Massey, 14 points; Monica Krackowski, five points; Jordan Chisholm, four points; Madi Kruger, two points.
Black Bears Sweep Lakers in NLL Season Opener
The Black Bears of Maplewood Baptist Academy swept the Mackinac Island Lakers Friday, November 30, with the girls winning 56-41 and the boys posting a 77-43 decision.
Black Bears girls statistics: Hannah May, 17 points, 11 assists; Harmoney Bailey, 17 points, nine rebounds; Bobbie Love, eight points; Abigail Lockhart, six points; Rachel Frank, Bethany Bush, and Ashlee Bonnee, two points.
Lakers girls statistics: Zhan’e Nash, 12 points, Hailey Armstrong, 11 points; Mary Schockling, seven points; Halee Tokarz and Peyton Waaso, five points; Dana Roguska, two points.
Black Bears boys statistics: Elijah May, 31 points; Chris Lucas, 20 points; Sam Eckola, seven points, 14 rebounds; James Lockhart, six points; Hunter Flesscher, five points; Blake Kauffman, four points, 14 rebounds; Seth Reinfelder, four points.
Lakers boys statistics: Collin Armstrong, 12 points; Jerremy Hepker, eight points; Justin Acosta, seven points; Colton Fisher and Will Barnwell, six points; Leo Horn, two points.
On Saturday, December 1, the Black Bears defeated the Lakers 66- 55 in the girls game and 60-55 in the boys contest.
Black Bears girls statistics: Hannah May, 20 points, eight assists; Harmony Bailey, 17 points; Ashlee Bonnee, 12 points; Rachel Frank, eight points; Bobbie Love, seven points; Bethany Bush, two points.
Lakers girls statistics: Zhan’e Nash, 25 points; Hailey Armstrong and Halee Tokarz, eight points; Mary Schockling, six points; Dana Roguska, four points; Peyton Waaso, three points; Mackenzie Bean, one point.
Black Bears boys statistics: Elijah May, 23 points; Chris Lucas, 15 points; Sam Eckola, 12 points; Blake Kauffman, six points, 16 rebounds; James Lockhart and Hunter Plesscher, two points.
Lakers boys statistics: Jeremy Hepker and Will Barnwell, 17 points; Justin Acosta, eight points; Colton Fisher, six points; Collin Armstrong, five points; Leo Horn, two points.