2014-12-25 / Sports

GIRLS BASKETBALL

By David Latva


Abbey Ostman (4) drains this field goal for the Saints during the first half against the Orioles. Abbey Ostman (4) drains this field goal for the Saints during the first half against the Orioles. Saints Drop Overtime Heartbreaker To Orioles; Home Winning Streak Snapped

Missed opportunities at the free throw line in the second half would come back to haunt the St. Ignace Saints during the non-league 58-50 overtime setback at the hands of the Ludington Orioles Friday, December 19. The defeat snapped St. Ignace’s 65 home game winning streak.

The game tipped off the LaSalle High School Hall of Fame weekend. Coaching for the Orioles was Thad Shank, who is the son of former St. Ignace Coach Gene Shank (1965- 1971) and one of 2014 hall of fame inductees.

Both teams pressured the ball from the opening tip. St. Ignace took a 14- 10 lead after the first quarter and held an 11-9 scoring edge in the second quarter for a 25-19 halftime advantage. Margo Brown scored 11 points in the first half, leading the Saints. Madilyn Shank scored five points for the Orioles.


Madilyn Shank (right) of the Orioles looks for an opening, while Jade Edelman (20) of the Saints tries to block during the first half. Madilyn Shank (right) of the Orioles looks for an opening, while Jade Edelman (20) of the Saints tries to block during the first half. Ludington took a 33-31 lead after three quarters with a 14-6 advantage. St. Ignace held an 11-9 scoring edge in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied at 42.

Ludington opened the four-minute extra period with field goals from Kristen Reidenbach and Ali Plamondon for a 46-42 lead. The Saints answered as Natalee Lee scored two points and Abbey Ostman (who played with a twisted ankle) and Brown each chipped in one point to tie the score again at 46.

The Orioles then scored six unanswered points for a 52-46 lead, going on to win 58-50. The Saints connected on four of 10 free throws in overtime, four of eight in the fourth quarter, and three of eight in the third quarter.

“This is a game that will make us better,” said St. Ignace Coach Dorene Ingalls. “Ludington is a very good team.”

“This was a good trip for us,” said Coach Shank. “St. Ignace has a strong tradition, and the game will make us a better team down the stretch.”

The last time the Saints lost at home was a 59-54 decision February 13, 2008 against the Cedarville Trojans.

Saints statistics: Margo Brown, 21 points, seven rebounds, three steals; Abbey Ostman 10 points, nine rebounds; Sarah Smith, seven points, 17 rebounds; Natalee Lee, five points; Jordan Belleville, four points; Shakir Smith, two points; Jade Edelman, one point. St. Ignace made 19 of 37 baskets from the free throw line for 51%.

Orioles statistics: Ali Plamondon, 13 points; Kalli Wahr, 12 points; Kristen Reidenbach, 10 points; Claire Flewelling and Brandy Thomas, seven points; Madilyn Shank, five points; Jenna Keson, two points.

Saints Defeat Panthers In Non-League Matchup

The St. Ignace Saints girls basketball team defeated the Pickford Panthers 65-32 during a road nonconference matchup Wednesday, December 17.

The Saints opened the game with a 15-1 lead after the first eight minutes and held a 34-12 halftime margin. They outscored the Panthers 31-20 in the second half.

Saints statistics: Abby Ostman, 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals, four assists; Margo Brown, 13 points; five assists, five rebounds; Jade Edelman, eight points, four rebounds; Natalee Lee, eight points; Sarah Smith, seven points, seven rebounds; Shakir Smith and Linnie Gustafson, four points, five rebounds; Jordan Belleville, four points, four steals; Autumn Orm, two points.

Panthers statistics: Kayla Rambo, nine points; Jordan Stebleton, eight points; Kelsey Rambo and Jade Ledy, five points; Alyssa Mc- Cord, three points; Alicia Portice, four points.

Mackinaw City Remains Perfect After Win Over DeTour

The Mackinaw City Comets girls basketball team remains undefeated at 5-0 after a low scoring 31-30 nonleague win over the DeTour Raiders Friday, December 19.

The Raiders held a 19-18 halftime lead, but the Comets outscored them 13-11 in the second half.

Comets statistics: Chelsey Closs and Lilly Alexander, nine points; Lauren Bell, six points; Katherine Watchorn, five points; Kendra La- Haie, two points.

Raiders statistics: Sarah Bailey and Madison Wilkie, eight points; Kaalin Crawford and Holly Burton, five points; Hallie Grzesiek, four points.

Cedarville Downs EUPC Rival Pickford In Road Game

The Cedarville Trojans improved to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the league after a 47-39 Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference road win over the Pickford Panthers Friday, December 19.

Pickford held an 11-9 scoring edge after the first eight minutes and led 19-16 at halftime. The Trojans outscored the Panthers 31-20 in the second half.

Trojans statistics: Shannon Sayles, 17 points, 12 rebounds; Monica Krackowski, 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists; Annie Eberts, eight points; Mackenzie Barr, seven points, three assists; Kylie Hill, two points.

Panthers statistics: Jade Ledy, 16 points, 11 rebounds, five steals; Kayla Rambo, 10 points; Jordan Stebleton, six points; Alicia Portice, four points; Alyssa McCord, two points; Kelsey Rambo, one point.

Trojans Fall to Indians In EUPC Game

The Cedarville Trojans dropped a 55-48 Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference road matchup to the Newberry Indians Monday, December 15.

The Trojans trailed 24-18 at halftime, and Newberry held a 31-30 scoring edge in the second half.

Trojans statistics: Shannon Sayles, 18 points; Monica Krackowski, 10 points; Mackenzie Barr, eight points; Annie Eberts, six points; Molly Fegan and Ashley Sherlund, two points.

Eagles Defeat Bays, Fall to Mustangs

The Engadine Eagles defeated the Brimley Bays 57-45 during a league matchup Friday, December 19, but fell to the Munising Mustangs 61-36 in a non-conference game Monday, December 15.

Engadine held a 23-21 scoring edge at halftime and outscored the Bays 34-24 in the second half.

Eagles statistics: Three players scored in double figures. Olivia Vaughn, 16 points; Samantha Bennett, 15 points; Brooke Moore, 12 points; Aspen Hood, seven points; Tina Sherbrook, six points; Hannah French, one point.

Bays statistics: Anne Archambeau, 12 points; Alyssa Graham, 11 points; Cassie Leapley and Alyssa Hyvarinen, seven points; Kerri Chartrand, five points; Carmen Linan, three points.

The Mustangs led 31-10 at halftime and held a 30-26 scoring edge in the second half.

Eagles statistics: Samantha Bennett and Olivia Vaughn, 10 points; Hannah French, six points, seven rebounds; Brooke Moore, five points; Lyla Luoto, three points; Aspen Hood, two points.

Rudyard Defeats DeTour In EUPC Contest

The Rudyard Bulldogs defeated the DeTour Raiders 39-27 during an Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference game Tuesday, December 16.

In the low-scoring game, the Raiders led 13-12 at halftime before the Bulldogs outscored them 27-14 in the second half.

Bulldogs statistics: Ashlyn Icenhower, 16 points; Shari Butler, 12 points; Trista Miller, six points; Prelsey Hakola, three points; Lane Clegg, two points.

Raiders statistics: Sarah Bailey, nine points; Kaalin Crawford, eight points; Holly Burton, five points; Madison Wilkie and Pearly Tiefenbach, two points; Hallie Grzesiek, one point.

Brimley Defeats Alanson In Non-League Game

The Brimley Bays defeated the Alanson Vikings during a road contest Tuesday, December 16.

The Bays held a 29-10 lead at halftime and outscored the Vikings 41- 19 in the second half.

Bays statistics: Kerri Chartrand and Cassie Leapley, 17 points; Alyssa Graham, 12 points; Annie Archambeau, seven points; Christina Fultz, five points; Emily Chartrand, three points; Alyssa Hyvarinen, two points.

Rudyard Falls to Newberry In League Matchup

The Rudyard Bulldogs suffered a 68-30 league setback at the hands of the Newberry Indians Friday, December 19.

The Bulldogs trailed 32-15 at halftime and were outscored 36-15 in the second half.

Bulldogs statistics: Ashlyn Icenhower, 10 points; Presley Hakola, seven points; Lane Clegg and Taylor Bitnar, three points; Shari Butler and Trista Miller, two points.

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