2019-02-09 / Sports

Ella Cowell Breaks School Record for One-game Scoring

By Kevin R. Hess


Mackinac Island sophomore Ella Cowell scored 39 points for the Lakers during the game against Grand Marais Friday, February 1, beating Peyton Waaso’s school record for the most points scored in a single game. Ella is pictured after the game with girls basketball Coach Mary Patay. The Lakers beat the Polar Bears 65-3 Friday and 65-5 Saturday, February 2. Mackinac Island sophomore Ella Cowell scored 39 points for the Lakers during the game against Grand Marais Friday, February 1, beating Peyton Waaso’s school record for the most points scored in a single game. Ella is pictured after the game with girls basketball Coach Mary Patay. The Lakers beat the Polar Bears 65-3 Friday and 65-5 Saturday, February 2. The Mackinac Island girls basketball team is playing its best basketball of the season, currently riding a six-game winning streak and winning nine of its last 10 games. Coach Mary Patay said the biggest difference has been shooting percentage.

“We weren’t necessarily taking bad shots, but we just weren’t making them like we could early on,” she said. “The team’s confidence is really high right now, but we have to stay focused the rest of the season.”

The Lakers are 12-4 on the season and 12-3 in conference play. Two of the three conference losses were to Maplewood Baptist Academy, and the third was a close defeat to Ojibwe Charter when they only had four players available. They still won game two, despite being shorthanded.


Seventh grader Makayla Rickley (13) drives the ball for Mackinac Island against a Grand Marais defender Friday, February 1. She is the youngest player on the girls team. Seventh grader Makayla Rickley (13) drives the ball for Mackinac Island against a Grand Marais defender Friday, February 1. She is the youngest player on the girls team. Mackinac Island is in the throes of its first winning season in five years. The season has featured wins over rival Beaver Island, close losses to Northern Michigan Christian Academy and Ojibwe Charter, and a record-breaking performance by sophomore Ella Cowell, who broke the school single-game scoring record with 39 points February 1 against Grand Marais. The previous record was 36, held by Peyton Waaso.

“It’s cyclical,” said Coach Patay. “We were on top for awhile, then we were in rebuilding mode. We’re having our first winning season in five years with a team with no seniors.”

Junior Hannah Styburski is the team’s lone upperclassman. The team also features sophomores Ella Cowell and Brooke Dziobak, freshmen Clara Chambers and Mabel Styburski, eighth grader Nora Bailey, and seventh grader Makayla Rickley. The team and each individual player, said Coach Patay, have shown great improvement since the beginning of the season.

Cowell has been the team’s leading scorer and has improved her scoring ability. Hannah and Mabel Styburski have each been great defenders and rebounders and Mabel has improved her shot. Dziobak has been a solid all-around player, showing an ability to score, pass, and defend. Chambers has great speed and has developed into a great shooter. Bailey has improved in many areas, and scored a career-high 21 points against Ojibwe Charter when the team only had four players available. Rickley has shown a high basketball IQ and has transitioned to the varsity level well for a player of her age.

Despite the success, Coach Patay continues to stress fundamentals and keeping her team focused on the big picture. During a win against rival Beaver Island January 25, she nearly lost her voice, challenging her players to stay focused. The next day, the team responded, winning by 30 points. In its next game against Grand Marais, Coach Patay wanted the team to work on its passing and told them they were not to take a shot until every player on the floor had touched the ball at least once.

The Lakers will likely head into the conference tournament Friday, February 15, on an eight-game winning streak, and heading toward a third game with Maplewood Baptist. The Black Bears have taken the first two games, but Coach Patay is confident her team will have a much stronger showing if the top two teams in the Northern Lights League meet once again.

“I really like our chances,” she said. “The team is gaining confidence, we’re defending well, and communicating well.”

The Lakers will play two games at Hannahville Friday and Saturday February 8 and 9, before the conference tourney next week. Mackinac Island competes at the St. Ignace district, and has drawn the Pickford Panthers as its first round opponent Wednesday, March 6. The Lakers will play the second game of a district doubleheader beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first game features St. Ignace versus Cedarville. A recap of the Lakers season games is below:

December 7 and 8: Defeated

Hannahville 52-8 and 50-8

Combined statistics: Ella Cowell - 52 points, 13 steals; Mabel Styburski - 22 points, 14 rebounds; Clara Chambers - 11 points, eight rebounds; Hannah Styburski - 12 points, 21 rebounds; Makayla Rickley - two points, six rebounds; Nora Bailey - two points, 10 rebounds; Brooke Dziobak - one point, 10 steals, four rebounds.

December 10: Northern Michigan Christian Academy 33,

Mackinac Island 25

Lakers statistics: Mabel Styburski - six points, 10 rebounds; Clara Chambers - two points, six rebounds; Hannah Styburski - six points, 12 rebounds; Makayla Rickley - four points, three rebounds; Nora Bailey - two points, two rebounds, two steals; Brooke Dziobak - four points, three steals, two rebounds.

December 14 and 15 Against

Ojibwe Charter: Lost game one

30-25; won game two 47-39

Only had four players available. “Probably one of our best performances,” said Coach Patay. Despite the disadvantage, the Lakers almost won the first game, and bounced back to win game two. A 21-10 fourth quarter advantage in game two gave the Lakers a come-frombehind win.

Game one statistics: Clara Chambers - six points, seven rebounds; Makayla Rickley - two points, eight rebounds, three steals; Nora Bailey - eight points, nine rebounds; Brooke Dziobak - nine points, six rebounds, five steals.

Game two statistics: Clara Chambers - six points, nine rebounds, three steals; Makayla Rickley - 13 points, six rebounds; Nora Bailey - 21 points, eight rebounds, four steals; Brooke Dziobak - seven points, six rebounds, six assists.

December 17: Maplewood Baptist 55, Mackinac Island 29 Statistics: Mabel Styburski - 10 points, 14 rebounds; Ella Cowell - 12 points, three rebounds; Clara Chambers - two points, six rebounds; Hannah Styburski - three points, two rebounds; Makayla Rickley - two points; Brooke Dziobak - three rebounds, two steals.

January 4 and 5: Defeated Munising Baptist 32-14 and 25-18

Game one statistics: Mabel Styburski - 11 points, 10 rebounds, three steals; Ella Cowell - 14 points, five steals; Clara Chambers - two points, five rebounds; Hannah Styburski - five rebounds; Makayla Rickley - two rebounds; Nora Bailey - five points, two rebounds; Brooke Dziobak - five steals, two rebounds.

Game two statistics: Mabel Styburski - three points, nine rebounds, two steals; Ella Cowell - 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals; Makayla Rickley - four points, three rebounds; Brooke Dziobak - six rebounds, three assists; Hannah Styburski - seven rebounds, three steals; Clara Chambers - five points, two rebounds; Nora Bailey - three points, five rebounds.

January 11: Paradise Win 46-14

Statistics: Mabel Styburski - six points, 12 rebounds; Ella Cowell - 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists, Makayla Rickley - 14 points; Brooke Dziobak - three points, five rebounds, three assists; Hannah Styburski - six points; 10 rebounds; Clara Chambers - six points, 10 rebounds.

January 14: Maplewood Baptist

63, Mackinac Island 27

Statistics: Mabel Styburski - 12 points, seven rebounds; Ella Cowell - five points, three steals; Makayla Rickley - two rebounds; Brooke Dziobak - two points, four rebounds, Hannah Styburski - six points, seven rebounds; Clara Chambers - two points.

January 18 and 19: Defeated

Grand Marais 72-10 and 63-10

Game one statistics: Mabel Styburski - nine points, 12 rebounds; Ella Cowell - 30 points, eight steals; Makayla Rickley - two points, six steals; Brooke Dziobak - seven rebounds, two assists; Hannah Styburski - nine points, 10 rebounds; Clara Chambers - 10 points, six rebounds, four steals; Nora Bailey - four points, six rebounds, four steals.

Game two statistics: Mabel Styburski - 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals; Ella Cowell - 16 points, six rebounds, four steals; Makayla Rickley - 10 points, three rebounds; Brooke Dziobak - six points, 10 rebounds, four assists; Hannah Styburski - six points, 13 rebounds; Clara Chambers - two points, six rebounds; Nora Bailey - nine points, seven rebounds.

January 25 and 26: Defeated

Beaver Island 38-27, 55-25

Game one statistics: Mabel Styburski - 10 points, 14 rebounds; Ella Cowell - nine points, five rebounds, four assists; Makayla Rickley - two points; Brooke Dziobak - seven points, seven rebounds, nine steals; Hannah Styburski - 10 points, 10 rebounds, four steals; Clara Chambers - three rebounds.

Game two statistics: Mabel Styburski - 11 points, 13 rebounds, six steals; Ella Cowell - 14 points, three assists; Makayla Rickley - three rebounds; Brooke Dziobak - 10 points, 10 rebounds, four steals; Hannah Styburski - four points, six rebounds, three steals; Clara Chambers - eight points, four rebounds; Nora Bailey - five points.

February 1 and 2: Defeated

Grand Marais 65-3 and 65-5

Game one statistics: Mabel Styburski - 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists; Ella Cowell - 39 points, six rebounds, 10 steals; Makayla Rickley - two points; Brooke Dziobak - four points, four rebounds, three steals; Hannah Styburski - six points, two rebounds; Clara Chambers - six points, two steals; Nora Bailey - four rebounds.

Game two statistics: Mabel Styburski - eight points, nine rebounds; Ella Cowell - 15 points, five rebounds, eight steals; Makayla Rickley - nine points, five assists; Brooke Dziobak - six points, six assists; Hannah Styburski - six points, eight rebounds; Clara Chambers - eight points, eight rebounds, six steals; Nora Bailey - 13 points, five rebounds.

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