2012-03-08 / Sports

Saints march on


The Lady Emeralds basketball season came to an end at the hands of the undefeated LaSalle Saints in Manistique last Friday. Above: Gabbi Lafayette battles in the paint for two of her game high 14 points. 
(Photos by Joe LeBlanc) The Lady Emeralds basketball season came to an end at the hands of the undefeated LaSalle Saints in Manistique last Friday. Above: Gabbi Lafayette battles in the paint for two of her game high 14 points. (Photos by Joe LeBlanc) The St. Ignace Saints did not waste any time letting spectators in the Richard Bonifas Gymnasium know they were on a mission to return to the girls’ basketball state finals.

Following a 74-14 win over the Newberry Indians in round one of the 2012 district tournament, the Saints destroyed the Lady Emeralds 82-41 last Friday to capture the District 93 championship and keep their hopes of a trip back to Lansing alive.

“They were tough Friday night and firing on all cylinders,” Manistique coach Kelley Spettel said. “We played right into their hands and did exactly what they wanted us to do.”

Behind an eight-point effort by Lauren Goldthorpe, the Saints jumped out to a 21-10 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.


Returning the favor, some members of the Lady Emeralds varsity basketball team along with others showed their support at the Emeralds vs. Bears game by wearing throw-backs of their own. Pictured from left are Hunter Ashbrook, Jessi Zellner, Emily Wilson, Shaynna Morrison, McKenzie Mickelson, Kalyssa Jenerou, Taylor Lockwood and Ashley Vaughn. 
(Pioneer-Tribune photo) Returning the favor, some members of the Lady Emeralds varsity basketball team along with others showed their support at the Emeralds vs. Bears game by wearing throw-backs of their own. Pictured from left are Hunter Ashbrook, Jessi Zellner, Emily Wilson, Shaynna Morrison, McKenzie Mickelson, Kalyssa Jenerou, Taylor Lockwood and Ashley Vaughn. (Pioneer-Tribune photo) Ashley Vaughn paced the Emeralds with four in the opener.

With 21 points in the books, the Saints added 21 more in the second to control a 42-21 lead at the break.

Kelly Wright led the St. Ignace charge in the second, scoring eight points.

The Emeralds’ Gabbi LaFayette and Kyra Lauzon scored five points each.

Controlling a 21-point lead at the half, the Saints made a statement as to why they were the best team in the district by netting 30 points in the third quarter.

Having already tallied 10, Goldthorpe added 11 more in the stanza, and went on to finish with 23 points to lead all scorers.

Wright added eight points for the Saints, and finished the game with 21.

Up by 40 points at the end of three, St. Ignace paced the Emeralds 10-9 in the final eight minutes of play.

The Saints (23-0) advanced to the regional semi-finals with a win over West Iron County (19-4) Tuesday night.

Manistique: LaFayette, 14, Lauzon 12, Vaughn 9, Kalyssa Jenerou 3, Jessi Zellner 3.

LaSalle: Goldtrhope 23, Wright 21, Sarah Cullip 10, Emily Hinsman 9, Sam Gugin 6, Morgan La- Vake 6, Alexa Thibault 4, Kayla Fulgenz 3.

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