Traverse City Record-Eagle

Basketball

March 20, 2010

Prep basketball: St. Ignace loses in 2OT

EAST LANSING (AP) -- St. Ignace knew where the ball was going on the final possession of Saturday evening's Class C state championship game.

Unfortunately for the Saints, they actually did too good a job defending the play.

St. Ignace blanketed Flint Hamady stars Arlesia Moore and Porsha Fluker, but left Kiyana Dudley-Thompson alone under the basket. Kathryn Thomas found her with a pass and Dudley-Thompson's layup as time expired in double overtime gave Hamady a 68-66 victory.

The game was the first overtime final in Class C history, and just the second double-overtime game in any class.

"We were looking for Arlesia or Porsha on the last shot, but they did a great job of blanketing them, and Kathy was a little lost there for a second," Hamady coach Keith Smith said. "Luckily, Kiyana got open, and Kathy made the great pass."

St. Ignace coach Dorene Ingalls agreed that her team had almost executed too well on the final play.

"We were guarding their big scorers, and everyone was working, and we just helped one too many times," Ingalls said. "We lost their guard under the basket, and that is a play that is going to haunt us for a long time."

Morse, who had 15 points in last season's title-game victory, had 26 points and 14 rebounds against St. Ignace, while Fluker scored 25.

"This feels just like last year, except we had to play so many more tough games," Morse said. "That's why we were prepared for this one."

St. Ignace's Nicole Elmblad led all scorers with 36 points, including 17 of her team's final 19.

"I had no idea they had teams like that in the U.P., and I certainly had no idea they had players like Nicole," Smith said. "Porsha is a great defensive player -- I think she can guard anyone in this state -- and Nicole still had 36 against her. That's amazing."

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