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Canistota races past Corsica-Stickney

PARKSTON — In the final game of the Parkston Classic, Canistota dominated the third quarter to pull away from Corsica-Stickney 54-39.

The Hawks, ranked No. 5 in Class B, led by seven to open the second half and after a slow start by both teams Canistota went on 19-5 scoring spree to take a 47-26 lead and put the game away.

"I was impressed with how hard the kids played defensively," Canistota coach Pat Jolley said. "I thought we played aggressively and I was really happy with that."

The game started with both teams shooting as cold as the weather outside. The Hawks scored with just over six minutes left in the opening period and added another hoop for a 4-0 lead.

But the Jaguars got in a rhythm as well and outscored Canistota 13-5 to take a 13-9 lead going into the second quarter.

With the game tied at 19 the Hawks went on a 9-2 run powered by senior Connor Carlson, who had a nice tip-in and a short jumper. A basket by Trey Ortman and a 3-pointer by Chase Merrill led Canistota to a 28-21 advantage at halftime, setting up the fateful third quarter.

"It was a nice win because Corsica-Stickney is a quality team and well coached," Jolley added.

Carlson led the Hawks (3-1) with 19 points followed by Scott Jolley with 17 points and Tyce Ortman with 13 points.

"Obviously the ball wasn't going in the hole," said Jaguars coach Mike Tuschen of his team's third quarter struggles. "Offensively, you get frustrated and miss a few shots and things don't fall. I can see that we can fix some of the things we didn't do."

Cordel Menning led Corsica-Stickney with 14 points followed by Bryce Plamp with 11 points.

Canistota will travel to Mitchell Tuesday to take on Mitchell Christian, while the Jaguars (3-1) will travel to Platte on Thursday to take on Platte-Geddes.

CS 13 21 26 39

C 9 28 47 54