2016-12-08 / Sports

St. Ignace Saints Defeat Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils in Home Opener

By Stephen King


The St. Ignace Saints hosted the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils in the season opener at LaSalle High School, with the Saints winning by four points Saturday, December 3. The combined team photograph includes: (front, from left) Jackson Ingalls, Johnny Ingalls, Jesse Frazier, Lily Adams, Jordan Belleville, Natalija Bogoevich, Kiara Bishop, Savanna Roy, Jade Edelman, Sydni Hall; (second row) Taylor St. Onge, Emily Coveyou, Grace Foster, Abby Larsen, Kathryn Leonard, Keshia Davis, Savannah Sreebernak, Tessa Shepard, Kooper Richards; (third row) Robin Kissinger, Garth Law, Shirar Gretchen, Linnie Gustafson, Margot Baer, Tasheka Battick, Maria Hessburg, Blair Cullen, Kamryn Tucker, Saints Coaches Doug and Dorene Ingalls, Blue Devils Coach Kevin Richards, and Karter Richards. (Photograph by Dave Latva) The St. Ignace Saints hosted the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils in the season opener at LaSalle High School, with the Saints winning by four points Saturday, December 3. The combined team photograph includes: (front, from left) Jackson Ingalls, Johnny Ingalls, Jesse Frazier, Lily Adams, Jordan Belleville, Natalija Bogoevich, Kiara Bishop, Savanna Roy, Jade Edelman, Sydni Hall; (second row) Taylor St. Onge, Emily Coveyou, Grace Foster, Abby Larsen, Kathryn Leonard, Keshia Davis, Savannah Sreebernak, Tessa Shepard, Kooper Richards; (third row) Robin Kissinger, Garth Law, Shirar Gretchen, Linnie Gustafson, Margot Baer, Tasheka Battick, Maria Hessburg, Blair Cullen, Kamryn Tucker, Saints Coaches Doug and Dorene Ingalls, Blue Devils Coach Kevin Richards, and Karter Richards. (Photograph by Dave Latva) As the season begins for basketball, the awaited home opener for the Lady Saints of St. Ignace was played Saturday, December 3, with a noon start time. The competition was the Blue Devils of Grosse Pointe South. The reason the Saints started the season with a game with a team from the greater Detroit area has a story behind it.


In junior varsity action, Lily McLean goes after a loose ball. In junior varsity action, Lily McLean goes after a loose ball. The idea for the game began with a friendship between St. Ignace girls head Coaches Dorene and Doug Ingalls and Blue Devils head Coach Kevin Richards. For some time now, the Saints have been going to Grosse Pointe to play in a pre-season scrimmage. While there, the coaches talked about playing an actual game between the two schools. Knowing the distance involved would complicate matters, the coaches worked out a plan where the Blue Devils would come to St. Ignace this season. The Saints will head south to return the favor next season.

“This is a real treat for us,” said Blue Devils Coach Richards. “For many of the girls, this is their first time above the bridge. Myself, too. This is my first time up here. And, it’s amazing how beautiful it is here. You folks are so lucky to live here.”


Emma Feleppa of the junior varsity Saints takes aim. Emma Feleppa of the junior varsity Saints takes aim. One of the reasons the Saints range so far south is for the competition. With much larger schools, the competition is always good. So, going into this match up, both the junior varsity and varsity Saints knew they were going to have their work cut out for them. By the end of the contest, both Saints teams came away victorious.

Coach Dorene Ingalls said, “We knew this was going to be a tough game. That’s what we wanted. We expected a good defensive game from them, and that’s what we got. But, we have a few places we need to improve. We shot an atrocious 37% on free throws and had 32 turnovers.”

This was the first game of the season for both teams. Both showed a lot of promise and both found some areas that needed work.

The Saints won the tip with Emily Coveyou taking the ball and driving in for a quick lay-in for two.

Then, Grace Foster of the Blue Devils made a drive and drew the foul. She made one to put the Blue Devils on the board.

Jordan Belleville came right back and swished a three to put the Saints up 5-1.

Both teams started getting serious on defense. They kept each other scoreless for about a minute and a half, then traded points for a bit. The Saints still kept the advantage. Then, the Blue Devils started playing a little long ball. Kamryn Tucker swished a couple from outside the arc and her teammates added a few more points. As the quarter was winding down, the Blue Devils caught up and took the lead.

The Saints did not falter and kept up the pressure. The Blue Devils were hitting from outside. The Saints, however, used their better ball handling and speed. They kept working the ball, getting the good looks at the basket, and converting. By the end of the first half, the Saints were back in the lead.

It was not without a cost. Keshia Davis had accumulated three fouls. This limited what the coaches could ask of her.

Jessie Frazier stepped up. She is a smaller girl, and Coach Dorene Ingalls said, “Jessie was just a sparkplug out there. She was just on fire. She really put her heart into this game today.”

Linnie Gustafson also started making her presence known, playing with a lot of energy and heart. With a lot of help from Jordan Belleville, the Saints started to take control of the nip-and-tuck game. The team did an excellent job of moving the ball. On one play, Jordan had the fast break. But, instead of taking the shot, which would have been contested, she made a pass outside the arc. Three passes later, the ball came back to her as she was standing all alone under the basket. She easily made the short shot.

In the second half, the Saints started doing a better job of challenging the outside shots of the Blue Devils. This limited the damage tremendously. With the Saints doing a good job of winning the battles in the paint, they managed to keep the lead and at the end of the afternoon, take the 61-57 win.

Linnie Gustafson, who ended up with 15 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and four steals, said, “I’m really happy with the win. I’m so excited. This was a tough team. We knew they would be. In the first half, we struggled a bit. Then, in the second half, we started playing better as a team. We were playing good together. We started moving the ball better and looking for the open shot. We all worked together and we got the win.”

Statistics:

St. Ignace: Linnie Gustafson 15 points, Jordan Belleville 15 points, Emily Coveyou 12 points, Jade Edelman 11 points, Tessa Shepard three points, Jessie Frazier three points, Keisha Davis two points. Free throws: 14-38. Fouls: 16. Three-point Field Goals: three, Jordan Belleville three.

Grosse Pointe: Sayanna Roy 26 points, Grace Foster 15 points, Kamryn Tucker nine points, Savannah Srebernak three points, Margot Baer two points, Lily Adams two points. Free throws: 11-22. Fouls: 24. Three-point Field Goals: five (Tucker two, Srebernak one, Roy one, Foster one)

Junior Varsity: Saints Fall To Blue Devils

In J.V. action, the younger Saints fell to Grosse Pointe 49-38. Right until the very end, the girls played very hard. Kylee Horn and Lily McLean played as if they were only down by a point or two, instead of a dozen.

Coach Garth Law said, “I’m very proud of the way the girls played today. We lost the game, but they played with a lot of heart and intensity. They never gave up and never slowed down. This was all on them. This is a group of girls that don’t like to lose. And, it really showed today. Again, I am very proud of how my team played today.”

St. Ignace: Kylee Horn nine points, Lily McLean eight points, Kennedy Kammers five points, Anna Hart four points, Riley Kita four points, Emma Feleppa three points, Courtney Frazier three points, Madison Olson two points.

Grosse Pointe was led by Anna Stumb with 13 and Maria Beacham, with seven.

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