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Collier leads Roseville to MAC Silver-Bronze tournament championship PHOTO GALLERY

  • Chantae’ Parker (10) of Roseville puts up ashot during the match between Roseville and St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Chardai Taylor (11) of St. Clair puts up ashot during the match between Roseville and St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Nija Collier (23) of Roseville puts up a shot during the match between Roseville and St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Alexa Rutledge (4) of St. Clair puts up a shot during the match between Roseville and St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Roseville vs St. Clair on February 18, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)

Senior scores 22 against St. Clair

Nija Collier spent the first half of the MAC tournament championship frustrated and in foul trouble.

The Roseville senior spent the second half taking it out on the St. Clair.

Collier scored 20 of her game-high 22 points in the second half — 14 of which came in the third quarter — and grabbed 18 rebounds, helping the Panthers to a 46-38 victory over St. Clair in an all-Silver MAC Bronze/Silver tournament title game Saturday at Dakota High School.

“My coach told me not to worry about it and to play my game,” Collier said. “As long as I rebound, pass and do anything to help my team win, it’ll be OK.”

She carried Roseville to the MAC Silver/Bronze tournament championship.

Collier’s second-half heroics came after Roseville trailed St. Clair 19-10 at the half. She picked up two quick fouls and was largely a non-factor over the first 16 minutes.

In her absence, St. Clair outscored Roseville 13-4 in the second quarter after the Panthers took a 6-4 lead after the opening eight minutes.

“I think it was a little bit of nerves,” Roseville coach Andrew Houghton said of his team’s slow start. “We tried something a little different in the second half, and Nija started making plays.”

Collier got some help in the come-from-behind victory, as Chante’ Parker finished with 16 points, nine coming from 3-point range, and three assists in the win. Debraya Edwards grabbed nine rebounds and chipped in with six points.

“It’s tough to defend that for four quarters,” St. Clair coach Mike Boullard said of Roseville’s weapons. “Nija is just bigger and stronger than most girls and when (Parker) is knocking down 3s, it’s going to be a tough night.”

Jessica Bohm finished with nine points for St. Clair in the loss. Alexa Rutledge added seven.

Roseville will enter the state district play 15-5 (9-1 MAC Silver); St. Clair will start district play with a record of 11-7 (7-3 MAC Silver).

Even with the Roseville offense at full strength in the third quarter, the two teams played to a 29-all tie heading into the fourth quarter. Edwards scored all six of her points over the final eight minutes, combining with Collier and Parker to score the Panthers’ final 15 points.

“They kept coming in the fourth quarter, and playing from behind against them can be tough,” Boullard said. “But I’m proud of our effort. There aren’t a lot of teams that come in here on a Saturday and play that team that tough.”

Last Updated: 2/18/2017 5:04:27 PM EST


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