ROGERS CITY-The St. Ignace girls basketball team has been a tough matchup for opponents this season as evidenced by the Saints' No. 1 ranking in the Class D AP Poll and five wins over Class A teams.
The Rogers City girls basketball team became the latest team for St. Ignace to dominate as the Saints stormed past the Hurons 67-14 on Thursday at Rogers City High School.
St. Ignace (14-0, 7-0 Straits Area Conference) took control from the opening tip and never looked back, taking a 25-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 42-10 lead at halftime.
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Rogers City’s Brooklyn Idalski, right, tries to drive past St. Ignace’s Kylie Belleville during the first half of a girls basketball game on Thursday at Rogers City High School.
Rogers City (1-11, 0-7 Straits Area) struggled from the outset against a hounding Saints' defense that forced a number of turnovers on Rogers City possessions before the Hurons even crossed mid-court to set up a play.
Kelley Wright led St. Ignace with 17 points and added eight steals and eight assists. Sarah Cullip had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Emily Hinsman also reached double figures, scoring 13 points and added five assists.
Courtney Streich paced Rogers City with six points.
St. Ignace built an 11-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game and after a basket from Streich, the Saints ended the period on a 14-0 run, taking advantage of repeated mistakes by the Hurons.
While the Hurons' offensive struggles were evident early on, Rogers City also struggled to contain the Saints on defense. St. Ignace connected on four triples in the first half including one from Margo Brown, who nailed a trey from well beyond the arc with one second left in the first half.
The Saints also pounded the ball inside and got a number of second chances thanks to aggressive rebounding.
Brown added eight points for the Saints and Abbey Ostman chipped in with six points and 11 rebounds.