2017-03-02 / Sports

Saints Girls Close Out Regular Season With Decisive Win Over Chiefs

By Kevin R. Hess


Senior Jade Edelman took the floor for the last time at LaSalle High School Thursday, February 23. She scored nine points and helped lead the Saints to a victory over Cheboygan. She hopes there are many more games ahead as the Saints begin their postseason run on Monday, February 27, against Manistique at Rudyard High School. Jade is pictured here with her parents, Michelle Andress and Mike Edelman. She plans to attend Lake Superior State University and study criminal justice after graduation. She will miss playing with her teammates and for her coaches. Her favorite moments of her basketball career so far have been playing in the Breslin Center (Michigan State University) and winning a state title during her sophomore year. (Photograph by David Latva) Senior Jade Edelman took the floor for the last time at LaSalle High School Thursday, February 23. She scored nine points and helped lead the Saints to a victory over Cheboygan. She hopes there are many more games ahead as the Saints begin their postseason run on Monday, February 27, against Manistique at Rudyard High School. Jade is pictured here with her parents, Michelle Andress and Mike Edelman. She plans to attend Lake Superior State University and study criminal justice after graduation. She will miss playing with her teammates and for her coaches. Her favorite moments of her basketball career so far have been playing in the Breslin Center (Michigan State University) and winning a state title during her sophomore year. (Photograph by David Latva) In the first quarter, the St. Ignace Saints scored the first 29 points of the game in route to a big 62-13 conference win over the Cheboygan Chiefs during Parents Night Thursday, February 23. This game was the final tune-up before postseason play, and St. Ignace (18-2, 6-2 SAC) seems primed for another deep playoff run. It was also the final time that seniors Jordan Belleville and Jade Edelman would play on their home floor at LaSalle High School, and they made the most of it. Belleville scored the first basket of the game and added two three-pointers to finish with eight of her 13 points in the opening quarter. Edelman helped control the offense with her ball handling and great decision-making. St. Ignace shut out the Chiefs (2-18, 1-7 SAC) in the first quarter, 25-0.


At left: Senior Jordan Belleville played her final home game at LaSalle High School Thursday, February 23. She scor ed 13 points in a 62- 13 win over Cheboygan. She is pictured here with her parents, Tina and Dan Belleville. Jordan plans to study physiology after high school. She says the thing she will miss most about her time on the basketball team is the relationships she has built with all of her teammates. (Photograph by David Latva) At left: Senior Jordan Belleville played her final home game at LaSalle High School Thursday, February 23. She scor ed 13 points in a 62- 13 win over Cheboygan. She is pictured here with her parents, Tina and Dan Belleville. Jordan plans to study physiology after high school. She says the thing she will miss most about her time on the basketball team is the relationships she has built with all of her teammates. (Photograph by David Latva) Cheboygan finally got on the board early in the second quarter, ending a 29-0 run by the Saints. The Chiefs were simply overmatched, and St. Ignace played with playofflevel intensity and execution. Great on-the-ball defense made it difficult for Cheboygan to get anything going offensively, and good passing led to open shots for the Saints on the offensive end. Edelman drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to take St. Ignace into the locker room with a 45-6 halftime lead.


At left: Coach Garth Law gathers his Saints JV team during their final game of the season against Cheboygan Thursday, February 23. “These girls were great to coach. We had a great season and I’m sad to see it come to an end,” said Coach Law. St. Ignace won 71- 15 to finish with a record of 16-4. At left: Coach Garth Law gathers his Saints JV team during their final game of the season against Cheboygan Thursday, February 23. “These girls were great to coach. We had a great season and I’m sad to see it come to an end,” said Coach Law. St. Ignace won 71- 15 to finish with a record of 16-4. The teams played with a running clock in the second half. Junior Linnie Gustafson scored seven straight points for the Saints in the third, quickly extending the lead over 40 points. The Saints outscored Cheboygan 17-7 in the second half.

Gustafson led the team in scoring with 17 points, followed by the two seniors, Belleville with 13 and Edelman with nine. Eight players scored, and all of them got significant playing time except for Jessie Frazier, who missed the game due to injury.

For the Chiefs, freshman Angie Swiderek led Cheboygan with seven points.

After the game, Coach Dorene In- galls reflected upon the Saints’ two seniors.

“Jade and Jordan are very special to our program and hold a special place in my heart. I couldn’t be more proud of those two girls. It’s still hard to believe that they are seniors. I’ve been blessed to have these amazing kids be a part or our basketball family. I’m hoping we can make a deep tourney run and extend our time together,” she said.

St. Ignace began the postseason with a district game against Manistique Monday, February 27, at Rudyard High School.

Saints statistics: Linnie Gustafson, 17 points, eight rebounds, four steals. Jordan Belleville, 13 points, five rebounds, five steals. Jade Edelman, nine points, five assists. Emily Coveyou, seven points. Keshia Davis, seven points, seven rebounds, five steals. Kiara Bishop, five points. Tasheka Battick, two points, five rebounds. Tessa Shepard, two points, four steals.

Saints JV Win by Wide Margin, Finish Season 16-4

The Saints’ JV squad capped off a great season with a 71-15 win over the Cheboygan Chiefs to run their win/loss record to 16-4. St. Ignace scored the first 17 points of the game before a Cheboygan free throw ended the run. The Saints were cutting into the passing lanes on defense, forcing the Chiefs into turnover after turnover, holding the opponent to just one field goal. On the offensive end, they moved the ball well and took advantage of their open shots. Kylee Horn assisted on five consecutive possessions. St. Ignace ended the first quarter with a 27-3 lead.

The offense continued to click in the second quarter, with great outside shooting from Madison Olsen, and a solid mid-range game from Anna Hart and Riley Kita. All three scored double digits in the first half. Olsen tallied 12 on four three-pointers, Hart scored 14, and Kita added 11. St. Ignace led at halftime 53-10.

The teams played with a running clock in the second half, with St. Ignace outscoring the Chiefs 18-5 to secure the 71-15 victory.

“This is a great group of girls,” said Coach Garth Law. “They went hard in practice and challenged each other every day. Madison changed from being a role player last year to being the leader of the team this year. She and Kylee are going to be missed. The freshmen need to have a great offseason to continue this year’s success. I’m already looking forward to getting back into the gym with them,” he said.

Some of the junior varsity players will likely be brought up to varsity for the postseason, and Coach Law believes they will be ready and able to contribute.

“Some of these girls are going to get the chance to dress for varsity during the tournament, and they’re going to need to be ready. You never know what can happen during the course of a game with injuries or foul trouble. I think they will be ready,” he said.

Saints statistics: Madison Olsen, 18 points (six three-pointers), three steals, three blocks. Anna Hart, 16 points, six rebounds. Riley Kita, 13 points, three assists, three steals. Courtney Frazier, 10 points, six steals, four assists. Emma Feleppa, seven points, seven rebounds, four blocks. Kylee Horn, six points, eight assists, six steals. Lily McLean, one point. Kennedy Kammers, 11 rebounds. Olivia Champion, two assists, two rebounds.

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