2017-02-16 / Sports

St. Ignace Saints Girls Basketball Posts Back-to-back Wins Over Gaylord, Brimley

By Kevin R. Hess

At right: Junior Linnie Gustafson hits the layup during the Saints’ 64-16 victory over the Brimley Bays Thursday, February 9. At right: Junior Linnie Gustafson hits the layup during the Saints’ 64-16 victory over the Brimley Bays Thursday, February 9. The last time the St. Ignace Lady Saints played a game on Gaylord’s basketball court, it resulted in a tough loss in the 2016 quarterfinals to Traverse City St. Francis. Their game against Gaylord Wednesday, February 8, was not for a trip to the Breslin Center, but it was a chance for a little bit of redemption. The Saints defeated the Blue Devils 55-43.

St. Ignace (14-2, 4-2 SAC) started slowly, making only three field goals in the first quarter, and trailed 11-9 after one. They bounced back in the second quarter, holding Gaylord to just three field goals, and outscoring the Blue Devils 17-6 to take a 26-17 halftime lead.

The Saints extended the lead to as much as 20 before closing the third quarter with an 18-point lead, 44-26. Gaylord battled back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to as little as seven before St. Ignace finally put them away and won the game by 12.

Emily Coveyou knocks in one of her teamhigh 18 points, while Brimley’s Lily Kuzmik looks on. St. Ignace won the game, 64-16. Emily Coveyou knocks in one of her teamhigh 18 points, while Brimley’s Lily Kuzmik looks on. St. Ignace won the game, 64-16. Coach Dorene Ingalls was happy that the team could come away with a better feeling than they did after last year’s quarterfinal game on the same court, but believes they need to close out better.

“We started tight, but eventually pulled it together and played well. It was a big road win. We need to close out better when we have a big lead like that, but that’s as much to do with how Gaylord played. They never quit and they fought us hard,” she said.

Junior Linnie Gustafson and senior Jade Edelman helped to control the pace and run the offense, dishing out 14 of the team’s 16 assists. At one point, Gustafson assisted on five consecutive possessions. Sophomore Emily Coveyou led the team with 18 points, followed by Gustafson with 14 and senior Jordan Belleville with 11, including three 3-pointers.

Saints Statistics: Emily Coveyou, 18 points. Linnie Gustafson, 14 points, eight assists. Jordan Belleville, 11 points. Jade Edelman, seven points, six assists. Keshia Davis, three points. Tessa Shepard, two points.

St. Ignace vs Brimley

The Saints followed up Wednesday’s win with a big win over the Brimley Bays Thursday, February 9, by a score of 64-16. The Saints (15-2, 4-2) started quickly, with Coveyou securing the opening tip and driving to the hoop for a layup just seconds into the game. The Bays (3-13, 0-6 EUPAC) kept it close early, but St. Ignace pulled away to take a 20-6 lead after the first quarter. Brimley struggled to score in the second, only managing a single field goal. The Saints size and depth were just too much for the Bays, as the Saints dominated the offensive and defensive glass. Junior Kiara Bishop caught fire in the second quarter, hitting three 3-pointers, and fellow junior Abby Larsen hit a layup at the buzzer to send St. Ignace into the locker room with a 45-8 advantage.

Brimley never quit, but were simply outmatched in this game. The lead extended to 40 early in the third, leading to a running clock. St. Ignace outscored the Bays 13-4 in the third quarter, and 6-4 in the fourth, securing the 48- point victory.

Brimley Coach Ray Bell knew his team would have a tough task, but said they met many of the goals they set coming into the game.

“Our girls played hard. St. Ignace is just on a different level right now. We had fewer turnovers than the first time we played them, and I thought our transition defense was much better,” he said. “We’re getting better every game and we want to be playing our best as we get to the districts.”

Coach Bell highlighted the play of senior Hannah Lyons and sophomore Kendra Carrick.

“Those two play a ton of minutes and are our primary ball handlers. I thought they did a great job. Kendra is only a sophomore, so she is only going to get better and better,” he said.

The Saints will be back in action at home against Pickford Tuesday, February 14, and at Rudyard Thursday, February 16.

Brimley will host Newberry February 14, and Cedarville (for Parents Night) February 16.

Saints Statistics: Emily Coveyou, 18 points. Jordan Belleville, 17 points. Kiara Bishop, 13 points. Linnie Gustafson, six points. Keshia Davis, four points. Tasheka Battick, Abby Larsen, and Tessa Shepard, two points each.

Bays Statistics: Olivia Wilcox, six points. Lily Kuzmik, four points. Adele Healy, four points. Kendra Carrick, two points.

Saints JV Split Games against Gaylord, Brimley

Wednesday, February 8, the Saints JV team lost a close game to Gaylord, 57-51. Gaylord has only one loss on the season, so this was a good test for Saints Coach Garth Law’s team.

“We lost by six to a great team and we had 27 turnovers and missed 14 free throws. It shows how much it matters to do the little things correctly,” he said. “Every turnover or missed free throw could be the deciding factor between a win or a loss.”

Three Saints players scored in double figures, led by Emma Feleppa with 12 points, followed by Kennedy Kammers with 11 and Kylee Horn with 10. Kammers led the team in rebounding with 18.

Saints Statistics: Emma Feleppa, 12 points. 11 rebounds, three blocks. Kennedy Kammers, 11 points, 18 rebounds. Kylee Horn 10 points. Madison Olsen, eight points. Riley Kita, four points, six rebounds. Anna Hart, three points, six steals, four assists. Courtney Frazier, three points.

Every Player Scores in Game

Against Brimley

Thursday, February 9, the Saints (13-4) defeated the Brimley Bays 65-28. St. Ignace scored the first 11 points and looked prime to run away quickly. Brimley fought back, scoring the next eight points to cut the lead to three. A basket at the buzzer by Emma Feleppa gave the Saints a 13-8 lead after one. The Bays scored the first basket of the second quarter, but then St. Ignace clamped down on defense, allowing only one more basket the rest of the quarter. The Saints outscored the Bays 15-4 to take a 28-12 halftime lead.

It was more of the same in the third, as Brimley could only manage one basket, and just three points for the quarter. A 15-3 third quarter advantage gave St. Ignace a 43-15 lead heading into the final frame. Both teams picked up the offense in the fourth quarter with St. Ignace scoring 22 and Brimley 13, with the Saints closing out the victory.

Every player scored for St. Ignace, with six players scoring seven points or more. Anna Hart was the leading scorer with 14. Samantha Bishop’s seven points led Brimley.

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

Bays Statistics: Samantha Bishop, seven points. Tomissa Archambeau, six points. Julie LeBlanc, five points. Tiia Hyvarinen, four points. Abigaile LaRue, Ivory Maxwell, and Kierra Perron, two points each.

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