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D4 SEMIS: St. Ignace survives first postseason test, beating Kingston to earn berth in finals

D4 SEMIS: St. Ignace survives first postseason test, beating Kingston to earn berth in finals
BY: MATTHEW B. MOWERY Mar 21, 11:00pm

GRAND RAPIDS — Finally, a postseason test for St. Ignace.

After winning their first six playoff games by an average of 46 points per game, the Saints got a test from first-time semifinalist Kingston, holding on two win, 48-44, and advance to Saturday’s championship game.

The Saints are chasing championship No. 6 — and their first since 2015 — and their first 28-0 season in program history, but it will hardly be easy. St. Ignace (27-0) will face last year’s Class D champion, Adrian Lenawee Christian (25-2) in the Division 4 championship game at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Kingston (24-3) outscored the Saints 18-13 in the fourth quarter, cutting the St. Ignace lead down to just two, 43-41, on a Jillyan Dinsmore layup with 1:48 left, then again with 10:09 let on a 3-pointer by Carley Smith. In between, Hallie Marshall converted a three-point play for the Saints, then Ally Schultz hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to seal it.

Emily Coveyou led all scorers with 20 points, while Marshall had 14. Smith led Kingston with 15 points, while Lily Lyons had 12.

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