2017-02-09 / Sports

Lady Saints Win Over Harbor Springs Rams

By Kevin R. Hess


Jordan Belleville takes a shot for the St. Ignace Saints against Harbor Springs. Jordan Belleville takes a shot for the St. Ignace Saints against Harbor Springs. The Lady Saints capped off the month of January with a win over the Harbor Springs Rams, 79-45, Monday, January 30. St. Ignace (11-2, 3- 2 SAC) jumped out to the early lead, scoring the first nine points of the game, and never looked back. The Rams tried to battle back in the first quarter, but two steals, two baskets, and a free throw by Emily Coveyou on consecutive possessions stretched the lead to double digits, as the Saints began to pull away. St. Ignace led 20- 7 at the end of the opening quarter.

There were lots of turnovers both ways in the second quarter, but senior guard Jordan Belleville got hot and helped stretch the lead to 20 points. Belleville scored 15 points in the quarter, outscoring the entire Harbor Springs team, who scored 13 points. She ended the night with a career high 27 points. A three-pointer at the buzzer by junior Linnie Gustafson sent the Saints into the locker room with a 46-20 lead.

The two teams played almost evenly in the third quarter, with St. Ignace outscoring the Rams by just one, 12-11. A 21-14 edge in the fourth gave the Saints the 34-point win.

The Saints had 19 assists on their 29 made baskets, led by senior Jade Edelman’s six assists, but they also had 33 turnovers.

Coach Dorene Ingalls was happy with the effort, but not with the turnovers.

“33 turnovers. That is way too many. We have to respect the ball more,” she said. “Some kids are thinking too much. We need to go out and just play basketball.”

Going forward, Coach Ingalls knows this is an area they need to improve.

“We have four weeks (before playoffs) to prepare and improve daily. We have great tests coming up with Newberry and Kalkaska this week, and Gaylord next week. This is a crucial part of the season to make final tweaks and step up our game,” she said.

Saints Statistics: Jordan Belleville, career high 27 points (including four three-pointers) and six steals. Linnie Gustafson, 16 points (7/7 from the field, 2/2 from three), 10 rebounds. Emily Coveyou, 14 points, eight rebounds, seven steals. Keshia Davis, 10 points, 12 rebounds. Tessa Shepard, six points. Tasheka Battick, four points. Jade Edelman, two points, and six assists. Abby Larsen, one point.

Saints JV Defeat Rams

The Saints JV squad used great shooting to defeat Harbor Springs 81-33. St. Ignace scored the first eight points of the game and outscored the Rams 25-6 in the first quarter. Kylee Horn came off the bench to lead the squad as she scored or assisted on 19 of the team’s 25 points.

It was more of the same in the second quarter as the Saints outscored the Rams 27-14 to take a 52-20 halftime lead. Horn outscored Harbor Springs by herself in the first half, scoring 23 of her 25 points, including 11 for 12 from the free thrown line. Overall, the team shot 92% from the line, making 22 of 24 attempts.

Most of the second half was played with a running clock, as the lead stretched to 40 points. St. Ignace outscored the Rams 29-13, capping off the 48-point victory.

Saints Statistics: Kylee Horn, 25 points, five rebounds, five assists. Anna Hart, 22 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals. Emma Feleppa, 14 points, 12 rebounds. Madison Olsen, seven points, seven assists, five blocks. Riley Kita, six points, three steals. Courtney Frazier, three points. Kennedy Kammers, two points, six rebounds. Lily McLean, two points. Olivia Champion, eight deflections, two steals.

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