HURON — The Corsica-Stickney Jaguars claimed a decisive 61-32 victory over the Ipswich Lady Tigers, advancing in the State Class “B” girls’ basketball tournament with the win Thursday night at Huron Arena.
Corsica-Stickney will carry an improved 22-2 record into the championship semifinals to face the second seeded De Smet Bulldogs at 7:45 p.m. tonight. Ipswich falls to a record of 18-4 with the loss and are set to take on White River at 1:45 p.m. in the consolation rounds.
“We got after it - thats how we like to play,” said Corsica-Stickney head coach Doug Osthus. “That’s when we play best, they’ve been playing for a long time and you can see that.”
Ipswich senior Abigail Grabowska opened up the scoring with a three-point play after an early C-S foul. Then a three-pointer followed a shot for two from Halle Heinz as the Lady Tigers claimed eight unanswered points with 5:20 on the clock in the opening period.
The Lady Tigers had the early eight-point lead, but the Jaguars took over and Ipswich trailed until the final buzzer.
It was all Avery Broughton for Corsica-Stickney in the first quarter, as the 5-foot, 10-inch eigth-grader snatched the ball and raced down the court for two buckets from three-point territory, plus four more points tied up the score at 10-10.
With less than two minutes to play, Grabowska sent Ipswich into the second period with a score of 12-10.
The Jaguars took the team’s first lead at 17-15, after three minutes of play in the second, with a three-pointer from the hands of Broughton, after senior Courtney Menning grabbed a fast offensive rebound and made the net for two.
Payton DeLange pushed the Jaguars’ lead up by two, before three from Menning and a pair of two-pointers by Raven Barse sent C-S into a comfortable 29-20 score at halftime.
The Jaguars pushed a nine-point difference up by ten at 40-21 within two minutes played in the second half, before Ipswich picked up some points from the free-throw line.
The Lady Tigers had two shots in the net for three points each by Tessa Kilber and Kamryn Heinz to keep Ipswich alive in the final moments of the third quarter, which ended at a 49-28 score.
Rachel Gerlach answered back for C-S with a three-pointer in the early moments of the fourth period, as the lead continued to build for the Jaguars, en route to the 61-32 victory.
Broughton tallied a game-high of 25 points to lead the Jaguars, Gerlach added 11, while 10 each were totaled by Barse and Menning.
Leading Ipswich was Grabowska with 11, as the only player to reach double figures for the team.
Ipswich 12 20 28 32
Corsica-Stickney 10 29 49 61
Ipswich (18-4): Halle Heinz 3-8 0-0 7, Tessa Kilber 2-3 0-0 6, Kamryn Heinz 2-14 2-4 8, Abigail Grabowska 4-7 2-4 11. Totals 11-33 4-8 32
Corsica-Stickney (22-2): Payton DeLange 2-4 1-2 5, Courtney Menning 4-14 1-1 10, Raven Barse 5-14 0-0 10, Avery Broughton 11-20 0-2 25, Rachel Gerlach 4-9 0-0 11. Totals 26-65 2-5 61
FG%: Ipswich .333, Corsica-Stickney .400. 3-pt FG:Ipswich 6-16 (Heinz 1-2, Kilber 2-3, Hammrich 0-1, Heinz 2-7, Grabowska 1-3), Corsica-Stickney 7-16 (DeLange 0-1, Menning 1-4, Burke 0-1, Barse 0-1, Broughton 3-6, Gerlach 3-3). Rebounds: Ipswich 27 (Heinz 10), Corsica-Stickney 37 (Barse 12). Fouls Ipswich 12, Corsica-Stickney 13. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Ipswich 0, Corsica-Stickney 0. Steals: Ipswich 3 (Heinz 1, Steger 1, Kilber 1), Corsica-Stickney 11 (Broughton 4). Blocked shots: Ipswich 0, Corsica-Stickney 5 (Broughton 5). Turnovers: Ipswich 15, Corsica-Stickney 5