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Corsica-Stickney girls coast past Timber Lake in SoDak 16

Jaguars earn third-straight state tourney berth

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Corsica-Stickney's Morgan Clites, right, goes up for a shot against Timber Lake's Shay Kraft, left, on Thursday at the Huron Arena.

HURON -- Corsica-Stickney got a head start on its state tournament preparations on Thursday.

Playing at the site of next week’s Class B state girls basketball tournament, the Jaguars rolled to a 48-33 win over Timber Lake in the SoDak 16 at the Huron Arena.

The Jaguars (21-2) will now play in the state tournament on March 11-13. It is Corsica-Stickney’s third straight trip and fourth overall since the two towns joined forces in sports.

“It’s just an awesome feeling,” Corsica-Stickney senior forward Raven Barse said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my team and how we showed up today and how we just played as a team.”

The Jaguars led from start to finish and suffocated the Panthers (13-9) to the tune of 26 turnovers on 18 steals.

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“(Timber Lake has) young girls that are quick and really transition well,” Corsica-Stickney coach Lorisa Broughton said. “We wanted to keep them from transitioning and getting those easy points on transition.”

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Corsica-Stickney's Rachel Gerlach, center, corrals a loose ball against Timber Lake's Cassie Carter, left, and Jasmine Nash, right, on Thursday at the Huron Arena.

Corsica-Stickney’s defense set the tone against the Panthers. The Jaguars jumped out to a 10-0 advantage and led 16-5 after the first quarter. Corsica-Stickney’s lead swelled to 25-10 at halftime.

“The big starts are always good,” Broughton said. “You know there is going to be a slump coming somewhere. So if you can have that padding a little bit, that helps. So it was a good start for us.”

The Jaguars continued to pile on the points and led by as many as 22 points en route to the win. Barse paced the Jaguars with 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Rachel Gerlach added 11 points, while Payton DeLange added 10 points.

Timber Lake’s Shay Kraft had 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Carlie Lawrence added seven points.

The guard duo was the key to Corsica-Stickney’s defensive gameplan. The sophomores finished a combined 9 of 27 from the field as Timber Lake was held to a season-low 33 points. The Panthers shot 2 of 12 from the 3-point line.

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“We knew we had to lock down those 3-point shooters and we couldn’t even just let them get started,” Barse said. “We really focused on defense this game. So that was our main priority playing against them.”

Corsica-Stickney 48, Timber Lake 33

Timber Lake (13-9): Tia LeBeau 0-2 2-2 2, Carlie Lawrence 3-13 0-0 7, Shay Kraft 6-14 4-4 16, Maci Maher 1-6 0-0 2, Natalie Lawrence 1-1 0-0 3, Jasmine Nash 1-4 1-4 3. Totals 12-43 7-10 33.

Corsica-Stickney (21-2): Morgan DeLange 1-7 0-0 4, Payton DeLange 5-6 0-0 10, Morgan Clites 3-7 0-0 6, Raven Barse 7-19 1-3 15, Rachel Gerlach 5-10 1-2 11, Sutton Eide 0-0 1-3 1, Lauren Bruinsma 0-1 2-3 2. Totals 21-52 5-12 48.

TL 5 10 22 33

CS 16 25 38 48

3-point field goals: TL 2-12 (C. Lawrence 1-5, Maher 0-4, Gross 0-1, Vomacka 0-1, N. Lawrence 1-1); CS 2-8 (M. DeLange 1-3, Clites 0-2, Barse 0-1, Gerlach 1-2). Rebounds: TL 37 (Kraft 7); CS 31 (Barse 8). Assists: TL 1 (Maher 1); CS 10 (Clites 6). Steals: TL 10 (Kraft 5); CS 18 (P. DeLange 4, Clites 4, Barse 4). Turnovers: TL 26; CS 14. Total fouls: TL 18; CS 12.

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