2018-02-01 / Sports

Saints Pound Glass, Build Early Lead, Cruise to Victory over Trojans in ‘Pink Game’

By Kevin R. Hess


Barb DuFresne worked the ticket counter and sold programs as part of the Hooping for a Cure “Pink Game” between the St. Ignace Saints and Cedarville Trojans girls basketball teams Tuesday, January 23. The program detailed the history of Hooping for a Cure, each junior varsity and varsity player, coach, and manager, and named all of the event and jersey sponsors. Barb DuFresne worked the ticket counter and sold programs as part of the Hooping for a Cure “Pink Game” between the St. Ignace Saints and Cedarville Trojans girls basketball teams Tuesday, January 23. The program detailed the history of Hooping for a Cure, each junior varsity and varsity player, coach, and manager, and named all of the event and jersey sponsors. After presenting an emotional ceremony honoring and remembering those who are fighting, or have passed due to cancer, the St. Ignace Saints and Cedarville Trojans were tasked with playing a basketball game Tuesday night, January 23. Known as the “Pink Game,” the battle on the court pales in comparison to the battle in life that many who were honored face. From a basketball perspective, however, this had the makings of a great game. The Saints came into the game 11-0, ranked first in the Upper Peninsula and second in the state in Class C. Cedarville came into the game 11-1, riding a 10-game winning streak, and ranked third in the Upper Peninsula and 11th overall in Class D. The Trojans’ only loss was to St. Ignace, 61- 29, in December, and the team seemed primed to make a better showing this time, but the Saints proved too much, earning a 68-21 victory in front of a packed house at LaSalle High School.


Linnie Gustafson (front) lays the ball in for two points in front of three Cedarville Trojans during the first quarter of the “Pink Game” Tuesday, January 23. St. Ignace won the game 68-21 to remain undefeated on the season. Linnie Gustafson (front) lays the ball in for two points in front of three Cedarville Trojans during the first quarter of the “Pink Game” Tuesday, January 23. St. Ignace won the game 68-21 to remain undefeated on the season. Both teams like to play at a fast pace, pressuring teams on defense, and running the floor on offense. Early on, Cedarville’s initial defense was strong, but the Saints crashed the offensive glass, earning second, third, and sometimes fourth opportunities to score. They took advantage of those opportunities, outscoring the Trojans 24-9 in the first quarter. Junior Emily Coveyou paced St. Ignace with 11 points, including a basket at the buzzer.


Cedarville sophomore Lily Freel (left) drives the ball while St. Ignace senior Jessie Frazier defends her closely. St. Ignace dominated in the “Pink Game,” defeating the Trojans 68-21 to improve their record to 11-0 on the season. Cedarville sophomore Lily Freel (left) drives the ball while St. Ignace senior Jessie Frazier defends her closely. St. Ignace dominated in the “Pink Game,” defeating the Trojans 68-21 to improve their record to 11-0 on the season. Cedarville’s offense struggled all evening, managing only four points in each of the second, third, and fourth quarters. Senior captain Mackenzie Barr was in early foul trouble and the Saints’ depth was too much for the Trojans to match. St. Ignace led 44-13 at halftime, and outscored Cedarville 24-8 in the second half, much of it played with a running clock.

“I was hoping and really thought we would keep the game closer this time,” said Trojans Coach Ryan Wilson. “St. Ignace is St. Ignace. They’re a great team and their pressure was just too much for us.”


Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) member Darren Rountree (right), presents coach and Hooping for a Cure organizer Dorene Ingalls with a check for $1,000 from the VFW during a ceremony prior to the “Pink Game.” The VFW had a fundraiser that raised nearly $400. The organization had agreed to match the amount raised before the fundraiser, and then decided to increase its contribution to $1,000. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) member Darren Rountree (right), presents coach and Hooping for a Cure organizer Dorene Ingalls with a check for $1,000 from the VFW during a ceremony prior to the “Pink Game.” The VFW had a fundraiser that raised nearly $400. The organization had agreed to match the amount raised before the fundraiser, and then decided to increase its contribution to $1,000. Coveyou led all scorers with 25 points, all of them coming before the fourth quarter. Seniors Linnie Gustafson and Keshia Davis also scored in double figures, netting 11 and 10 points, respectively. Barr led the Trojans with nine points.

The Saints (12-0, 4-0 SAC) will travel to Pickford Tuesday, January 30, and then to Sault Ste. Marie Thursday, February 1, for a big conference matchup with the Blue Devils. Cedarville (11-2, 5-0 EUP) will travel to Rudyard Thursday, February 1.


Skylar Seccia (from left), Lisa Seccia, and Ruth Paquin sold 50/50 tickets and ribbons representing different types of cancer as part of the fundraising efforts of the 10th annual Hooping for a Cure fundraiser for the oncology department of Mackinac Straits Health System. The event met the committee’s goal of passing $150,000 raised over its 10-year existence. Al Colegrove of St. Ignace was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. Skylar Seccia (from left), Lisa Seccia, and Ruth Paquin sold 50/50 tickets and ribbons representing different types of cancer as part of the fundraising efforts of the 10th annual Hooping for a Cure fundraiser for the oncology department of Mackinac Straits Health System. The event met the committee’s goal of passing $150,000 raised over its 10-year existence. Al Colegrove of St. Ignace was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. Saints statistics: Emily Coveyou – 25 points, eight rebounds, five steals; Linnie Gustafson – 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals; Keshia Davis – 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists; Hallie Marshall – seven points, three assists; Emmalee Hart – five points, four assists, two steals; Jessie Frazier – three points, four re- bounds; Anna Hart – three points, two steals; Tasheka Battick – two points, nine rebounds, two steals; Tessa Shepard – two points, two steals. Team: 29 field goals, 5 3- point field goals (Coveyou, Marshall, A. Hart, E. Hart, Frazier), 5-9 free throws, 40 rebounds (22 offensive), 18 steals, 17 assists.


St. Ignace freshman Maizey Brown (#14) makes one of her three three-point field goals as Cedarville freshman Avery Fitzgerald tries to defend her during the first quarter of the Saints junior varsity game against Cedarville. The Saints won the game 62-13 to improve to 8-3 on the season. St. Ignace freshman Maizey Brown (#14) makes one of her three three-point field goals as Cedarville freshman Avery Fitzgerald tries to defend her during the first quarter of the Saints junior varsity game against Cedarville. The Saints won the game 62-13 to improve to 8-3 on the season. Trojans statistics: Mackenzie Barr – nine points; Kylee Call – five points; Caroline Freel – three points; Lily Freel – two points; Cassidy Barr – two points. Team: 6 field goals, 1 3-point field goals (C. Freel), 8-13 free throws, 19 rebounds, 10 steals, 3 assists.

Saints JV Team Defeats Trojans, 62-13

The St. Ignace junior varsity team jumped out early and went on to de feat

Cedarville’s junior varsity squad, which features three eighth-graders, 62-13. Maizey Brown had 16 points for the Saints, including three threepoint field goals. Jerzie Belleville and Emma Feleppa each had 13 points. Kennedy Kammers had six points and five rebounds. Lyla Horn scored five points, and Riley Kita, four points. Reagan Mortensen and Olivia Champion had two points each. Brown and Nakiya Kingsbury led the team with five steals each, and Courtney Frazier had a team-leading six assists.

Emilie Bigelow led the Trojans with four points. Meredith Emigh had three points, and Audrey Pearson, Avery Fitzgerald, and Makenzi Masse each had two points.

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