The St. Ignace Saints girls basketball team improved to 12-2 overall and 5-0 in the Straits Area Conference with a strong second half effort in the 72-39 non-league road win over the Pickford Panthers Tuesday, January 21.
The Saints held a 13-12 scoring edge at the 1:40 mark in the first quarter in the game against the Panthers. A 6-1 margin led to a 19-13 lead after the first eight minutes, which carried to a 15-9 score in the second quarter for a 34-22 total halftime advantage.
St. Ignace turned up the offense in the third quarter, outscoring Pickford 20-7 to build a 54-29 lead. The Saints completed the road win with an 18-10 score as Kelley Wright earned 15 points in the second half.
Saints statistics: Kelley Wright, 24 points; Emily Hinsman, 13 points; Sarah Smith, eight points; Abey Ostman, seven points; Morgan LaVake, six points; Margo Brown and Lilly Calcaterra, four points; Kelsey Will, Morgan St. Andrew, and Kylie Belle- ville, two points.
Panthers statistics: Jordan Stebleton, 12 points, eight for eight from the free throw line; Alicia Portice, eight points; Alyssa McCord, seven points; Krysta Wondergem and Ali Miller, four points; Kelsey Rambo and Sierra Johnson, two points.
Saints Offense, Defense In High Gear Against Bulldogs
St. Ignace took control early during a 64-18 home league decision over the Rudyard Bulldogs Thursday, January 23.
The Saints offense and defense were in high gear with a 19-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. St. Ignace held an 18-8 margin in the second quarter for a 37-9 halftime advantage and outscored the Bulldogs 27-9 in the second half.
Bulldogs statistics: Becky Schwe- singer, seven points; Marissa Harrison, six points; Caitlyn MacDowell, five points.
Saints Ranked 8th In State Poll
The St. Ignace Saints girls basketball team is ranked 8th in the Associated Press state poll. Over the years during tournament runs, the Saints have played several teams that are ranked in the top 20, including: Niles Brandywine (3rd), Sandusky (5th), Saginaw Nouvel (6th), Flint Hamady (7th), Morley Stanwood (11th), McBain (18th), and New Lothrop (19th).
The St. Ignace junior varsity players split their games, defeating Rudyard 61-47 Thursday, January 23, and falling to Pickford 58-31 Tuesday, January 21.
Saints statistics vs Rudyard: Natalee Lee, 21 points; Shakir Smith, 10 points; Jordan Belleville and Sydni Sexton, eight points; Hayley Dumas and Kate Bentgen, five points; Lydia Brown, four points.
Bulldogs statistics: Presley Hakola, 18 points; Taylor Bitnar, 13 points; McKenzie Knutsen, 12 points; Joeline Pine, two points.
Saints statistics: Natalee Lee, 10 points; Jordan Belleville, eight points; Jenny Campbell, four points; Jade Edelman, three points; Shakir Smith, Hayley Dumas, and Sydni Sexton, two points.
Cedarville Downs Rudyard In EUPC Girls Hoops
Shannon Sayles and Alexis Barr combined for 41 points and 26 rebounds to lift the Cedarville Trojans to a 66-41 Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference win over the Rudyard Bull- dogs Tuesday, January 21.
The Trojans trailed 16-10 after the first eight minutes before combining a strong defense and offense to take control of the game. Cedarville outscored the Bulldogs 42-11 in the second and third quarters for a 52-37 advantage before both teams scored 14 points in the final eight minutes.
Trojans statistics: Shannon Sayles, 21 points, 12 rebounds, four steals; Alexis Barr, 20 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals; Monica Krackowski, nine points, five rebounds, four steals; Anne Eberts, five points, four rebounds; Elissa Griffin, four points, four rebounds; Bree Massey and Ashley Sherlund, three points; Cara Hakola, one point.
Bulldogs statistics: Shari Butler, 10 points; Savannah Dugan and Becky Schwesinger, eight points; Marissa Harrison, six points; Ashlyn Icenhower, Caitlyn MacDowell, and Bobbi Love, two points.
Cedarville Downs Harbor Springs
The Trojans led 26-12 at halftime and outscored the Rams 20-18 in the second half.
Trojans statistics: Alexis Barr, 21 points, four rebounds, three steals; Shannon Sayles, nine points, six rebounds, three steals; Bree Massey, seven points; Elissa Griffin, five points, three rebounds; Madi Kruger, two points; Anne Eberts, one point, five rebounds, five assists; Monica Krackowski, one point, four steals, three assists.
Mackinaw City 7-1 in NLC After Two League Wins
The Mackinaw City Comets improved to 7-1 in the Northern Lakes Conference and 9-2 overall after league wins over the Vanderbilt Yellow Jackets, 64-18 at home Tuesday, January 21, and Wol- verine Wildcats, 54-30 on the road Thursday, January 23.
18-9 in the second half to post the league win.
Comets statistics: Katherine Watchorn, 21 points; Lauren Bell, 14; Kendra LaHaie, 14 points; Lily Alexander, four points, nine rebounds; Tori Zynewicz, four points; Brooke Yoder, three points; Brianna Becker and Paige LaHaie, two points; Blaine Yoder, eight assists.
On the road, Mackinaw City trailed 22-15 at halftime before outscoring the Wildcats 39-8 in the second half.
Comets statistics: Brooke Yoder, 18 points; Lauren Bell, triple double with 16 points, 15 steals, 10 rebounds; Lily Alexander, nine points, seven rebounds; Katherine Watchorn, seven points; Blaine Yoder, four points.
The Brimley Bays remains perfect in the Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference with a 6-0 record and 8-3 overall after defeating the Cedarville Trojans 58-21 Thursday, January 23.
The Bays led 25-6 at halftime and outscored the Trojans 33-15 in the second half.
Bays statistics: Hana Vesela, 25 points; Tabitha Graham, 11 points; Laci LeBlanc, nine points; Emily Chartrand, three points; Alyssa Hyvarinen, Clarissa Kelly, and Alyssa Graham, two points.
Trojans statistics: Alexis Barr, eight points; Monica Krackowski, seven points; Anne Eberts, three points; Shannon Sayles, two points; Cara Hakola, one point.
DeTour Edges Maplewood Baptist In Overtime Matchup
The DeTour Raiders outscored Maplewood Baptist Academy 21- 12 in the combined fourth and overtime quarters to post a 43-40 non-conference home win Tuesday, January 21.
The Black Bears led 12-7 after the first eight minutes and held a 20-16 halftime margin before the Raiders outscored them 16-10 in the fourth quarter, The game was tied at 38 and sent into the four-minute extra period. De- Tour closed out the win with a 5-2 scoring edge in overtime.
Free throws were key as DeTour made six of nine and Maplewood connected on four of 10.
Raiders statistics: Lindsay Grzesiek, 12 points; Hannah Reed, 10 points; Holly Burton, eight points; Madison Wilkie, seven points; Sarah Bailey, four points; Kaalin Crawford, two points.
Black Bears statistics: Harmony Bailey and Hannah May, 10 points; Bethany Burton, eight points; Ashton Bonnee, six points; Abigail Lockhart, four points; Grace May, two points.
Engadine Defeats DeTour In EUPC Matchup
The Engadine Eagles defeated the DeTour Raiders 37-25 during a road Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference matchup Thursday, January 23.
The Eagles held a 12-8 scoring edge at halftime and outscored the Raiders 25-17 in the second half.
Eagles statistics: Kassie Metcalf, 17 points, 11 rebounds; Sam Bennett, eight points; Hannah French, four points; Brooke Moore and Kaelee Rice, three points; Tina Sherbrook, two points.
Raiders statistics: Lindsay Grzesick, 11 points, 15 rebounds; Madison Wilkie, seven points; Sarah Bailey, three points; Holly Burton and Hannah Reed, two points.
Mackinac Island Sweeps Ojibwe in NLL Matchup
The Mackinac Island Lakers swept Ojibwe in a Northern Lights League road doubleheader with the girls winning 56-17 and the boys posting a 57-30 decision Wednesday, January 22.
Girls: The Lakers held a commanding
34-4 halftime lead and outscored Ojibwe 22-13 in the second half to improve their record to 4-3 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Lakers statistics: Halee To- karz, 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block; Mary Schockling, 16 points, 11 rebounds, one block; Amelia Roe, 10 points, five rebounds, four assists; Hailey Armstrong, eight points, five assists, four rebounds, three blocks; Peyton Waaso, four points, five rebounds, two steals, one block; Molly Tokarz, two points, four rebounds.
Boys: The Lakers, 5-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference, led 17-6 after the first eight minutes and held a 11-9 scoring edge in the second quarter for a 28-15 halftime advantage. Mackinac Island outscored Ojibwe 29-15 in the second half.
Lakers statistics: Christian Styburski, 16 points, five steals, three blocks, three rebounds; Jeremy Hepker, 14 points, four rebounds, two assists; Will Barnwell, 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, three steals; Nick Davis, seven points; Tyler Pereny, six points; Kyle Shunk, two points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists; Aaron Riggs, two points.
The Lakers were unable to fly back to Mackinac Island after returning to St. Ignace, owing to poor weather. The teams came to LaSalle High School to watch the Saints boys play the Pickford Panthers. They stayed in St. Ignace overnight before flying back to the Island Thursday morning.
Pickford Drops Road Game to Rogers City
The Pickford Panthers dropped a 47-31 non-league road game to the Rogers City Hurons Thursday, January 23.
The Panthers, 8-6 on the season, trailed 25-19 at halftime. Rogers City outscored Pickford 22-12 in the second half.
Panthers statistics: Kelsey Ram- bo and Alicia Portice, seven points; Jordan Stebleton, Krysta Wondergem, and Ali Miller, four points; Kayla Rambo and Sierra Johnson, two points.
Engadine Falls to Its Former Coach at Bark River-Harris
Engadine went on the road to face Bark River-Harris and their former coach, Joyel Schultz, Saturday, January 18. The Broncos defeated the Eagles 73-42 in the non-league contest.
Eagles statistics: Sam Bennett, 11 points, three steals; Kassie Metcalf, nine points, five assists; Hannah French, nine points; Brooke Moore, six points; Kaelee Rice, five points; Tina Sherbrook, two points.
Broncos top scorers: Caitlyn Frazer, 12 points; Katie Schultz, Kortney Jenshak, Maddison Lindquist, 11 points; Hannah Stones, 10 points.
Sault Sweeps Brimley In Cancer vs Rivals Games
The Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils swept Brimley in the Cancer vs Rivals basketball matchup, defeating the Bays 41-37 in the girls contest and 56-39 in the boys game at Sault Area Schools Tuesday, January 21.
Girls: The Blue Devils held a 21- 20 scoring edge at halftime and outscored the Bays 22-17 in the second half.
Bays statistics: Alyssa Graham, 12 points; Hana Vesla, nine points; Emily Chartrand, six points; Alyssa Hyvarinen, four points; Tabitha Graham, Clarissa Kelly, and Lacy LeBlanc, two points.
Blue Devils top scorers: Brenna James, 11 points; Bree Swan, 10 points; Jessica Parmer, eight points.
Boys: The Blue Devils raced out to a 34-13 halftime lead before the Bays held a 26-22 scoring margin in the second half.
Bays statistics: Shane Beaune, 23 points; Tommy Aikens, nine points; Michael Pomeroy, four points; RJ Carrick, three points.
Blue Devils top scorers: Ray’Nell Anderson, 12 points; Terrance Fuller, 10 points; Jeff Monck, 10 points.