In a battle of No. 1 teams, St. Thomas More suffocated Corsica-Stickney in the finale of the Hanson Classic on Saturday at the Hanson Classic.

The Class A Cavaliers held the Class B Jaguars to a season-low point total in a 50-27 decision at the Corn Palace. It came two days after Corsica-Stickney (8-2) was handed a 67-52 defeat against Class A No. 3 Winner on Thursday.

“They play really physical and after we played Winner the other night, we knew that was an area we needed to get better at,” Corsica-Stickney coach Lorisa Broughton said. “We have to move forward and work on that part of it.”

On Saturday, the Cavaliers (10-0) hounded Corsica-Stickney and held it 0 of 14 from the 3-point line. The Jaguars shot 7 of 37 from the field for 18.9% shooting.

“Defense is always what makes or breaks us,” STM senior guard Haleigh Timmer said. “I think tonight was just another showing of how hard our defense works and how that impacts the rest of our game.”

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Timmer impacted both ends of the floor on Saturday. The 5-foot-11 Timmer, who is committed to South Dakota State University, finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. She finished 10 of 16 from the field and 4 of 7 from the 3-point line.

“I thought we did good when we played man,” Broughton said. “We made her go to the rim, but we just lost her in our zone and you can’t lose a player like that. She’s smooth.”

Timmer also did her part on the defensive end. She helped guard Corsica-Stickney’s Avery Broughton, who finished with 12 points on 2 of 15 shooting from the field.

“We knew we probably would have to put 2-3 different people on her at times,” STM coach Brandon Kandolin said. “She’s very active, both inside and outside, a very strong player. She’s going to be fun to watch down the road. There’s no doubt she's a very skilled and talented player.”

Kandolin praised Timmer, Reese Ross and Mairin Duffy for defending Broughton at different times.

“That eventually takes a little bit of toll when you’ve got somebody in your face all the time,” Kandolin said. “I was proud of those three to step up.”

The Jaguars built an early 7-2 advantage before STM’s physicality began to wear them down. The Cavaliers went ahead 23-13 at halftime, while Corsica-Stickney was haunted by missed opportunities around the basket.

“It gave them some momentum and we need to make those because those were the easier shots,” Lorisa Broughton said.

STM was also boosted by its 3-point shooting. The Cavaliers drilled 8 of 19 attempts from long range, while Scarlet Grimshaw hit a pair of timely 3-pointers in the third quarter.

As Corsica-Stickney was attempting to make a comeback, Grimshaw hit two 3-pointers late in the shot clock. The second triple put the Cavaliers ahead 37-23.

“I think momentum wise it really hits your mentality and it just hypes everyone up,” Timmer said. “But we definitely had a cold streak in there. So those threes were definitely helpful.”

The Cavaliers closed things out from there. Ross finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Corsica-Stickney’s Raven Barse added 10 points and four rebounds.

Corsica-Stickney plays Andes Central/Dakota Christian on Jan. 19 in Dakota Christian. St. Thomas More hosts Lead-Deadwood on Jan. 19.

St. Thomas More 50, Corsica-Stickney 27

Corsica-Stickney (8-2): Morgan DeLange 0-2 0-0 0, Morgan Clites 1-3 0-0 2, Raven Barse 3-10 4-8 10, Avery Broughton 2-15 8-12 12, Rachel Gerlach 1-5 0-0 2, Payton DeLange 0-1 1-2 1, Sutten Eide 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Tolsma 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren Bruinsma 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 7-37 13-22 27.

St. Thomas More (10-0): Jenna Jacobson 1-3 0-0 3, Gabby Robbins 0-2 0-0 0, Reese Ross 6-12 0-1 13, Haleigh Timmer 10-16 0-0 24, Mairin Duffy 1-4 0-0 2, MaKenna Jacobson 0-0 0-0 0, Sloane Keszler 0-0 0-0 0, Scarlet Grimshaw 2-5 0-0 6, Emily Kandolin 0-0 0-0 0, Ari King 0-0 0-0 0, Jada Mollman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 21-43 0-1 50.

3-point field goals: CS 0-14 (M. DeLange 0-1, Clites 0-1, Barse 0-1, Broughton 0-8, Gerlach 0-2, P. DeLange 0-1); STM 8-19 (J. Jacobson 1-2, Robbins 0-1, Ross 1-4, Timmer 4-7, Duffy 0-2, Grimshaw 2-3). Rebounds: CS 23 (Broughton 7); STM 32 (Timmer 13). Assists: CS 3 (Broughton 3); STM 16 (Timmer 8). Steals: CS 7 (Gerlach 3); STM 5 (Timmer 2). Turnovers: CS 12; STM 16. Total fouls: CS 11; STM 17.