Throwback Thursday: St. Ignace’s 2011 State Title Run
MISportsNow’s Throwback Thursday is looking back at northern Michigan’s greatest games, from buzzer beaters to state finals. This marks the first in the biweekly series.
Senior Nicole Elmblad capped off her prep career with a game for the record books as the St. Ignace girls basketball program captured its third state title with a 65-54 win over Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the 2011 Class C state final on March 19, 2011.
Elmblad, who went on to earn four letters at the University of Michigan and was twice named an Academic All-American, scored 14 of her game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter as St. Ignace pulled away late after entering the final stanza with a 44-43 lead. Elmblad recorded a double-double with 19 rebounds, as Grace Wheeler and Kelley Wright joined Elmblad in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The game, which was deadlocked after the first and second quarters, saw 11 ties and 10 lead changes, with St. Ignace taking the first double-digit lead of the game with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
After dropping a 41-32 contest to Petoskey in the third game of the season, the Saints went on a 24-game win streak, culminating with the state title win.
Prior to the title game, St. Ignace had been on cruise control throughout much of the season, making quick work of Manistique (78-28), Newberry (95-15),Ishpeming (62-40), Houghton (67-58), Kalkaska (62-33) and Flint Hamady (63-55), which handed the Saints a 68-66 double overtime loss in the 2010 Class C state final.
The Saints would go on to win Class D state titles in 2013 and 2015 and record a Class C runner-up finish in 2014.