St. Ignace Ready To Face Adversity This Season
ST. IGNACE — The St. Ignace girls basketball team has been waiting to get back on the floor ever since their 2019-20 season ended abruptly because of COVID-19. The Saints are ready to compete again and face any challenges ahead.
They will replace three key players from last season, which includes Straits Area second teamer Tessa Shepard and honorable mention Anna Hart.
But they have a great group back from last year’s team that went 21-2, including Straits Area first teamers Hallie Marshall, Ally Schultz and Emmalee Hart.
“Every year, I feel like we keep getting closer and closer as a family,” Marshall said. “We support each other every day of practice. We keep the hope through each other. I’m just so excited and I hope I have a season with these girls.”
That experience should help this group make the leap to Division 3 basketball this year despite not having the chance to play summer basketball and to prepare for a season like normal. Overall, the team is taking this as a learning experience.
“You can’t let adversity define you. You have to define it. You have to step above it. That’s my message to them,” said St. Ignace girls basketball coach Dorene Ingalls, who is among the best coaches in the state’s history. “We’re not going to be dictated by that. We’re going to take care of what we can control and now they’re learning their civil rights of their voice. They’re finding their voice.”
St. Ignace won state titles in 2013 and 2015 as a member of Class D. They won a state titles in Class C in 1999, 2000 and 2011.