HURON -- Had No. 3 Corsica-Stickney entered Saturday’s Class B girls basketball third place game against No. 5 Freeman still stewing over the previous night’s buzzer-beating semifinal loss to De Smet, not many inside Huron Arena could would fault them.

The Jaguars were six seconds from overtime and a potential spot in the state championship game, but instead they had to regroup to face a Flyer squad looking to get their offensive rhythm back after losing to Ethan in the other semifinal game.

The two teams played at a frenetic pace in the first quarter, ending in a 15-15 tie, but the game slowed to a crawl in the second as the teams combined for 19 points, with Corsica-Stickney leading by one at halftime. In the third quarter, however, Avery Broughton exploded as the Jaguars outscored Freeman 17-8 en route to a 55-45 win.

“It was a big disappointment last night, so they could have been out of it,” Corsica-Stickney head coach Lorisa Broughton said. “I thought in the first half we looked a little tired and we really picked it up in the second half and played better. It was a nice victory for us.”

Avery Broughton drew Freeman’s standout defender Hannah Eberts, fresh off limiting Ethan’s top scorer Karly Gustafson to 10 points the night before. Broughton would end the first half with four points, but she took kicked into another gear in the second half.

At halftime, the eighth-grader received instruction from the coaching staff to attack the basket more in the final 16 minutes and she did just that.

Broughton scored seven consecutive points during a 14-2 run by Corsica-Stickney (22-3) to open the third quarter and scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the second half.

“(Eberts) was a very physical defender and I realized I was faster, so I got my dribble-drives going and some of my post moves,” Broughton said.

The third quarter horn brought déjà vu for Freeman (20-6), as it ended with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that deflated any hope of a comeback.

Gustafson connected on a deep three in the semifinals and Broughton was able to get loose in transition on a similar play. Eberts had just drained back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to seven, but Broughton’s shot pushed it back to double-digits for good.

“We were probably a little too aggressive in knowing how good of a ball handler she was,” Freeman head coach Curtis Sage said. “They got in front of our defender. It happens.”

Broughton also led the team with eight rebounds, while Courtney Menning scored eight of her 12 points in the first quarter, to go along with six rebounds and three steals. Rachel Gerlach also pitched in 11 points.

Eberts, who was also named to the all-tournament team, scored a team-high 17 points, while snatching six rebounds and blocking two shots. Emily Miller added nine points and collected eight rebounds for Freeman.


Corsica-Stickney 55, Freeman 45

Corsica-Stickney (22-3): Raven Barse 3-10 2-2 8, Rachel Gerlach 4-7 1-1 11, Alexis Tilton 1-3 0-0 3, Courtney Menning 3-7 4-6 12, Avery Broughton 8-20 3-4 21, Kassidy Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Payton DeLange 0-1 0-0 0, Morgan Clites 0-0 0-0 0, Bridget Burke 0-1 0-0 0, Kylie Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Bamberg 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Bruinsma 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-49 10-13 55.

Freeman (20-6): Isabel Sayler 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Miller 4-14 1-1 9, Hannah Eberts 6-11 1-2 17, Josie Fuhrmann 1-6 0-0 3, Dayna Roth 3-6 0-3 6, Emmarie Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Cara Maske 0-0 0-0 0, Rijjy Peterson 0-3 0-0 0, Kailey Jacobsen 0-0 0-0 0, Jaimie Glanzer 1-5 4-7 7, Journey Mehlhaf 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 16-47 7-14 45.

CS 11 25 42 55

F 8 24 32 45

3-point field goals: CS 7-19 (Menning 2-3, Broughton 2-4, Gerlach 2-4, Tilton 1-2, Burke 0-1, Barse 0-5), F 6-24 (Eberts 4-8, Fuhrmann 1-4,  Glanzer 1-5, Peterson 0-1, Miller 0-4). Rebounds: CS 30 (Broughton 8), F 25 (Miller 8). Turnovers: CS 10, F 7. Total fouls: CS 14, F 15.