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Payton Delange's last-second layup sends Corsica-Stickney into Class B semifinals

Sixth-seeded Herreid/Selby Area erased a 12-point halftime deficit on a game-tying 3-pointer by Lauren Grage with 22 seconds remaining of a Class B state quarterfinal game. But moments later, sophomore Payton Delange caught the ball near half-court and saw an open lane to the hoop.

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Corsica-Stickney's Raven Barse (30) battles for a rebound with Herreid/Selby Area's Rylee Rossow (45) during a Class B state semifinal game Thursday in Huron. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

HURON — Two years ago, state-championship hopes were dashed when De Smet shocked Corsica-Stickney in the state semifinals on a buzzer-beating layup at Huron Arena.

On Thursday, the Jaguars learned how it felt to be on the winning end of a decisive layup.

Sixth-seeded Herreid/Selby Area erased a 12-point halftime deficit on a game-tying 3-pointer by Lauren Grage with 22 seconds remaining of a Class B state quarterfinal game. But moments later, sophomore Payton Delange caught the ball near half-court and saw an open lane to the hoop.

Delange converted the layup with 6 seconds left, giving No. 3 Corsica-Stickney a 47-45 win and a third consecutive berth in the state semifinals, where it will play No. 2-seeded White River at 7 p.m. Friday.

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“I saw a girl was either going to guard me or my sister (Morgan), and when she didn’t come out on me, I just took it in all the way,” said Delange, who finished with six points off the bench. “... It feels great. I know how Herreid/Selby is feeling, I’ve been in their spot. I’m glad, this time, it’s us.”

For two years, Corsica-Stickney head coach Lorisa Broughton agonized over not calling a timeout to set her defense after tying the game. Herreid/Selby Area coach Steve Sawinsky may now have the same thoughts.

Rather than calling a timeout and stopping the clock, Sawinsky felt his team would be able to fall back on defense. Instead, a breakdown left Delange wide-open. The Wolverines attempted to rush down the court and the ball found Grage in the same spot she made the 3 moments earlier, but the ball slipped out of her hands with 0.6 seconds left for a double-dribbling violation.

“In hindsight, of course, we would have called a timeout,” Sawinsky said. “At the time, my thought was (Corsica-Stickney) seemed a bit rattled. I didn’t want to have the clock stop. I thought if we played our normal defense, keep them in front of us, we would be good. … This is the type of game that’ll make a coach not sleep at night because there will be a lot of what-ifs and that’s one of them.”

The Jaguars also contemplated calling a timeout after Grage’s shot, but the noise in the arena and the frenetic nature of the moment made it impossible for Broughton to signal for the stoppage. By the time she could, Delange was already swooping to the basket.

“I was going to call a timeout to set up a play,” Broughton said. “It’s so loud in here nobody could hear. I saw (Delange) going and sometimes you just can’t tell her to stop because she’s in the zone.”

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Corsica-Stickney's Rachel Gerlach beats Herreid/Selby Area's Jada Rossow for a rebound during a Class B state quarterfinal game Thursday in Huron. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Corsica-Stickney rebounded from a tentative first quarter and found an aggressive streak. Its full-court press began to create turnovers in the second quarter and the Jaguars built a 28-16 halftime lead on the back of a 17-3 run.

The Wolverines refused to go away, using an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 34-33 near the end of the third quarter. Rachel Gerlach’s 3-point play pushed the lead back to five heading into the fourth, but Corsica-Stickney was never able to extend the lead further.

Herreid/Selby Area 6-foot-4 center Rylee Rossow was the biggest reason. Her presence in the paint on defense made it difficult for the Jaguars to drive all the way to the rim, which limited outside opportunities.

Offensively, Rossow was able to reach over smaller defenders for rebounds and passes. As Corsica-Stickney began to double-team her, the Wolverines were able to find open shots on the outside. Rossow finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds, as the Jaguars shot 34% and 1-for-9 from beyond the arc.

“She’s a wall and you have to try to get around her,” Corsica-Stickney forward Raven Barse said. “We had to move around her and shoot around her and sometimes that’s difficult. They have other good defenders that were stellar and made it really difficult for us.”

Barse finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Morgan Clites had nine points and Gerlach had eight for the Jaguars.

Rachel Fiedler had 14 points and Grage finished with 13 for Herreid/Selby Area, which faces No. 7 Viborg-Hurley in the consolation semifinals at 2 p.m. Friday.

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Corsica-Stickney 47, Herreid/Selby Area 45

Herreid/Selby Area (20-4): Rylee Rossow 5-10 4-5 14, Annaliese Goehring 0-2 0-0 0, Lauren Grage 5-14 0-0 13, Kendell Sawinsky 2-9 0-0 4, Rachel Fiedler 4-18 3-4 14, Jennica Berens 0-2 0-0 0, Caitlyn Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Jada Rossow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-55 7-9 47.

Corsica-Stickney (22-2): Morgan Delange 3-9 0-0 6, Lauren Bruinsma 1-4 0-0 2, Morgan Clites 2-7 4-9 9, Raven Barse 4-10 2-2 10, Rachel Gerlach 2-10 4-5 8, Payton Delange 2-4 2-2 6, Sutten Eide 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Tolsma 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 16-47 14-20 47.

HSA 6 16 33 45

CS 7 28 39 47

3-point field goals: HSA 6-21 (Grage 3-9, Fiedler 3-9, Goehring 0-1, Sawinsky 0-2); CS 1-9 (Clites 1-2, Bruinsma 0-1, P. Delange 0-1, M. Delange 0-1, Barse 0-1, Gerlach 0-2). Rebounds: HSA 37 (Rossow 14); CS 38 (Bruinsma 8). Assists: HSA 10 (Goehring 3); CS 3 (M. Delange 2). Steals: HSA 5 (Five players with 1); CS 7 (Barse 3). Blocks: HSA 1 (Grage 1); CS 2 (Barse 1, Gerlach 1). Fouls: HSA 18; CS 15. Turnovers: HSA 11, CS 8.

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