2016-12-15 / Sports

Teamwork Propels St. Ignace Saints Girls To Win Over Cedarville Trojans

By Stephen King

Linnie Gustafson goes up and over Caroline Freel for two. Linnie Gustafson goes up and over Caroline Freel for two. The Saints girls basketball team bested the Cedarville Trojans in Cedarville 60-36 Wednesday, December 7. Both teams were able to both show some good points and places that needed improvement.

“We got off to a slow start. I was not happy with the way the girls played in the first quarter,” said Saints Coach Dorene Ingalls. “We only shot about 35% from the line. That’s not good. But, once we got things going in the second quarter, we started to take control of the game and ended up with the win.

The game began with Caroline Freel of the Trojans drawing a foul and draining both resulting shots. Emily Coveyou of the Saints countered that with a deuce of her own, then teammate Jordan Belleville nailed a pair of treys and the Saints were on top.

Back came a hard-charging Mackenzie Barr for the Trojans. She dropped in a deuce and then took three the hard way to bring her team back within one point. Freel added a two and the Trojans were in the lead. At the end of the first quarter, the Trojans were up 13-12 and were looking to ruin the Saints’ evening.

Emily Coveyou going up for two. Emily Coveyou going up for two. After some words from the coach at the break, the Saints started to play harder. Linnie Gustafson came to life. In the first quarter, she was almost invisible, then, in the second, she put up a dozen points, turning the game around. On defense, she was everywhere, knocking down balls, making the steals, keeping her op- ponents off their game. At the end of the second quarter, the Saints had taken control and were up 30- 19.

From there, they went on cruise control and never looked back. In one standout play in the third quarter, Jordan Belleville, who had an excellent quarter with eight points, got knocked down in a scramble for a loose ball. Suddenly, while on her knees, the ball found her and immediately, she looked up at the basket, from the paint, took aim, and swished it, with an approving roar from the crowd. It was a once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Caroline Freel on a breakaway for the Trojans. Caroline Freel on a breakaway for the Trojans. Later she said, “For the shot, I never planned it. The ball just came to me and I looked up and took the shot, and it went in. It was pretty cool. As for the game, we started out pretty slow, but we settled down and started to play as a team. We were able to get things together as a team and get the win.”

With everything going their way, the Saints went on to take the 60-36 win.

St. Ignace statistics: Linnie Gustafson 23 points, Jordan Belleville 15 points, Emily Coveyou 12 points, Keshia Davis eight points, Tessa Shepard two points. Freethrows: 6-17. Fouls: 16. 3 Point field goals: four (Belleville three, Gustafson one.)

Cedarville statistics: Mackenzie Barr 20 points, Kylee Hill 10 points, Elissa Griffin four points, Caroline Freel two points. Freethrows: 8-14. Fouls: 18. 3 Point field goals: 0

Junior Varsity Saints Prevail

Earlier in the evening, in the J.V. game, the Saints also prevailed, 56-23.

Coach Garth Law said, “It was a good win. The kids played great tonight. Our defense did well and our offense was working good.”

St. Ignace statistics: Anna Hart 15 points, Emma Feleppa 13 points, Madison Olsen 10 points, Lily McLean six points, Courtney Frazier four points, Kennedy Kammers three points, Olivia Champion two points, Rily Kita two points, Kylee Horn one point.

Cedarville statistics: Lily Freel eight points, Isabelle Cason six points, Kylee Call four points, Morgan Mcleod three points, Jewell LaForest two points, Sienna Reichlin two points, Lauren Gough one point, Alyssa Cloud one point.

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