De Smet, Ethan to play for Class B title with semifinal victories

SDPB.org photo: De Smet’s Kristen Poppen shoots over the defense of Corsica-Stickney’s Jenna Bamberg during the Lady Bulldogs’ 64-62 championship semifinal win over the Jaguars at the Class B Girls’ State Basketball Tournament on Friday night at the Huron Arena. The senior scored 22 points and pulled down 16 rebounds before fouling out with 6 seconds left in the contest.

HURON – Top-seeded Ethan beat Freeman, 44-27, and No. 2 De Smet edged Corsica-Stickney, 64-62, in an entertaining game during the semifinals of the Class B State Girls’ Basketball Tournament on Friday at Huron Arena.

The Rustlers (24-0) and Lady Bulldogs (23-1) square off for the title tonight at 8.

Semifinals

Ethan 44, Freeman 27

De Smet 64, Corsica-Stickney 62

Consolation semifinals

Warner 66, Waverly-South Shore 52

White River 69, Ipswich 61

The Jaguars (22-3) and Flyers (21-4) play in the third-place game at 6 p.m.

Warner (22-3) and White River (19-5) face off for fifth at 1:45 p.m., while Waverly-South Shore (15-7) takes on Ipswich (18-5) in the seventh-place game at noon.

Championship Semifinals

• De Smet 64, Corsica-Stickney 62

Kennadi Buchholz’s layup beat the buzzer as the Lady Bulldogs edged the Jaguars in a semifinal thriller, avenging their only loss of the season in the process.

Rynn Osthus dribbled the length of the court in the final 6 seconds, dishing the ball off to a wide open Buchholz, who laid it in left-handed for the game winner. She had just re-entered the game for Kristen Poppen, who fouled out, prior to the clutch bucket.

Poppen posted a double-double with game-high totals of 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Raegan Burke had 12 points and Osthus 11 to go with nine assists. Autumn Wilkinson added nine points and Buchholz chipped in with seven.

The teams exchanged runs throughout.

Corsica-Stickney raced out to a 9-1 lead and was up 18-12 after a quarter.

De Smet scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to move ahead 23-18; however, the Jaguars rallied to go up 29-28 at halftime.

Corsica-Stickney pushed its advantage to 36-30 at the 6-minute mark of the third before the Lady Bulldogs countered with a 10-2 spurt to open up a 40-38 lead.

A pair of free throws by Burke put De Smet ahead 48-46 late in the third.

Wilkinson hit a 3-pointer and Poppen scored in the paint early in the fourth as De Smet’s lead reached a game-high seven points – 53-46.

Corsica-Stickney had the answer, scoring seven in a row to knot things up at 53-all with 5:59 showing on the clock.

The Jaguars led 61-57 following Rachel Gerlach’s hoop with 2:05 remaining.

Poppen scored down low with 1:39 left.

Wilkinson then swished a trey from the right corner to put the Lady Bulldogs on top, 62-61, with 56 seconds left.

De Smet got a stop but missed a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left.

The Jaguars’ Jenna Bamberg grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled by Poppen – her fifth foul – with 6 seconds to play. She made the second freebie to tie the score at 62-all.

For Corsica-Stickney, Raven Barse had 18 points and six boards. Courtney Menning added 14 points and seven rebounds. Avery Broughton scored 13 points and Gerlach 12. Barse and Broughton both fouled out.

Corsica-Stickney beat De Smet 56-40 in the Hanson Classic on Jan. 12 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

DE SMET 64, CORSICA-STICKNEY 62

Corsica-Stickney (22-3)

Raven Barse 5-8 5-6 18, Rachel Gerlach 4-12 2-2 12, Alexis Tilton 1-3 0-0 3, Courtney Menning 4-10 5-6 14, Avery Broughton 4-11 5-7 13, Payton DeLange 0-2 1-3 1, Morgan Clites 0-1 0-0 0, Bridget Burke 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Bamberg 0-0 1-3 1, Lauren Bruinsma 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 19-27 62.

De Smet (23-1)

Kennadi Buccholz 2-4 3-3 7, Rynn Osthus 3-9 3-7 11, Reyna Beck 1-5 0-2 3, Raegan Burke 4-7 2-2 12, Autumn Wilkinson 3-10 0-0 9, Emily Martens 0-0 0-0 0, Kristen Poppen 8-12 6-11 22.

Corsica-Stickney 18  11  17  16    62

De Smet            12  16  20  16    64

3-point goals – CS 7-15 (Barse 3-4, Gerlach 2-6, Tilton 1-1, Menning 1-3, Broughton 0-1), DS 8-18 (Wilkinson 3-6, Burke 2-4, Osthus 2-5, Beck 1-3). Rebounds – CS 31 (Menning 7), DS 35 (Poppen 16). Assists – CS 9 (Gerlach 4), DS 18 (Osthus 9). Steals – CS 3 (Gerlach, Menning, Broughton 1), DS 2 (Beck 2). Blocks – CS 3 (Barse, Menning, Broughton 1), DS 5 (Wilkinson, Poppen 2). Turnovers – CS 10, DS 9. Total fouls – CS 19, DS 17. Fouled out – Barse, Broughton, Poppen. Technical fouls – None.

• Ethan 44, Freeman 27

The undefeated Rustlers raced out to a 17-point lead en route to the win over the Flyers.

Ethan led 10-3 after a quarter and pushed the margin to 20-3 midway through the second. The score was 23-11 at halftime and 39-21 at the end of three.

Cameryn Logan scored 12 points and Karly Gustafson added 10 to go with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Jessica Bartscher had eight points. Maddie Miller totaled six markers, seven dimes, four steals and a pair of boards.

The Rustlers shot 43.9 percent (18-of-41) from the field and committed 11 turnovers while forcing 20.

Freeman ended up at 31 percent (9-of-29).

Emily Miller finished with 14 of her team’s 27 points.

ETHAN 44, FREEMAN 27

Freeman (20-5)

Emily Miller 5-12 3-3 14, Hannah Eberts 1-7 0-1 3, Josie Fuhrmann 1-3 0-0 3, Jaimie Glanzer 1-2 0-0 3, Dayna Roth 1-5 1-4 3, Emmarie Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Cara Maske 0-0 0-0 0, Rijjy Peterson 0-0 1-3 1, Seye Sall 0-0 0-0 0, Isabel Sayler 0-0 0-0 0, Kailey Jacobsen 0-0 0-0 0, Journey Mehlhaf 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-29 5-11 27.

Ethan (24-0)

Karly Gustafson 4-12 0-0 10, Cameryn Logan 6-11 0-0 12, Jessica Bartscher 3-5 0-0 8, Maddie Miiller 2-7 1-2 6, Mollie Miiller 2-2 0-0 4, Regan Gerlach 0-0 0-0 0, Ava Lingemann 0-0 0-0 0, Lexi Lingemann 0-0 0-0 0, Adaya Plastow 0-0 1-2 1, Callie Hohn 1-3 1-2 3, Erica Storm 0-0 0-0 0, Shawntel Hohn 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Bartscher 0-1 0-0 0, Maddie Bartscher 0-0 0-0 0.

Freeman   3    8  10  6    27

Ethan     10  13  16  5    44

3-point goals – F 4-10 (Eberts 1-2, Glanzer 1-2, Miller 1-3, Fuhrmann 1-3), E 5-16 (J. Bartscher 2-4, Gustafson 2-5, Maddie Miiller 1-5, Logan 0-2). Rebounds – F 22 (Eberts 8), E 25 (Gustafson 9). Assists – F 7 (Eberts 3), E 13 (Maddie Miiller 7). Steals – F 4 (Fuhrman, Roth 2), E 12 (Maddie Miiller 4). Blocks – F 3 (Miller 2), E 1 (J. Bartscher 1). Turnovers – F 20, E 11. Total fouls – F 12, E 14. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – None.

Consolation semifinals

• Warner 66, Waverly-South Shore 52

Laurie Rogers posted a big double-double and the Monarchs took control in the middle quarters during the defeat of the Coyotes.

Rogers went 8-of-10 from the field and 13-of-16 at the foul line for 29 points while also grabbing 13 rebounds.

Warner led 18-16 after a quarter. It pushed the margin to 30-21 at halftime and was up 50-32 at the end of three.

Sydney Leidholt added 15 points while Keeley Fischbach and Ashley Fischbach both contributed 11.

The Monarchs shot a sizzling 58.3 percent (21-of-36).

WSS’ Emily Kranz had 14 points and Brooklyn Kranz 10.

WARNER 66, WAVERLY-SOUTH SHORE 52

Warner (22-3)

Laurie Rogers 8-10 13-16 29, Laura Ochsner 0-1 0-2 0, Sydney Leidholt 6-8 2-2 15, Keeley Fischbach 4-9 0-0 11, Ashley Fischbach 3-8 2-2 11, Holli Jark 0-0 0-0 0, Ava Nilsson 0-0 0-0 0, Summer Scepaniak 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Fisher 0-0 0-0 0, Savannah Green 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-36 17-22 66.

Waverly-South Shore (15-7)

Emily Kranz 6-10 2-2 14, Ali Kranz 2-9 1-2 6, Brooklyn Kranz 3-8 1-3 10, Erin Comes 3-8 0-2 9, Payton Comes 2-5 0-0 4, Breanna Breske 0-0 0-0 0, Lydia Schroeder 0-0 0-0 0, Carly Heuer 3-13 0-0 9, Sam Thyen 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Thyen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-53 4-9 52.

Warner                      18  12  20  16    66

Waverly-South Shore  16    5  11  20    52

3-point goals – W 7-14 (A. Fischbach 3-6, K. Fischbach 3-7, Leidholt 1-1), WSS 10-32 (E. Comes 3-6, B. Kranz 3-8, Heuer 3-12, A. Kranz 1-4, P. Comes 0-2). Rebounds – W 26 (Rogers 13), WSS 27 (A. Kranz 8). Steals – W 4 (Ochsner 2), WSS 7 (P. Comes 3). Blocks – W 4 (Rogers 3), WSS 0. Turnovers – W 11, WSS 8. Total fouls – W 5, WSS 18. Fouled out – A. Kranz. Technical fouls – None.

• White River 69, Ipswich 61

Caelyn Valandra-Prue and Kaylee Wells had big games off the bench as White River beat Ipswich in the matchup of Lady Tigers.

Valandra-Prue scored 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.

Wells posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 boards while also blocking five shots.

White River shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the floor.

It led 18-16 after a quarter and 37-30 at halftime before pushing the margin to 58-39 heading to the fourth.

Ipswich’s Kamryn Heinz had 23 points and six boards, while Halle Heinz added 20 points and five rebounds.

Abigail Grabowska chipped in with 12 markers.

WHITE RIVER 69, IPSWICH 61

Ipswich (18-5)

Aleah Steger 1-4 0-2 2, Kamryn Heinz 7-19 7-10 23, Abigail Grabowska 4-7 4-6 12, Halle Heinz 8-17 1-5 20, Bailey Hammrich 0-0 0-0 0, Tessa Kilber 1-2 0-0 2, Chesney Olivier 1-1 0-0 2, Halie Feldman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 12-23 61.

White River (19-5)

Nellie Leader Charge 3-6 1-1 7, Tia Bear Heels 0-0 0-0 0, Nicole Yackley 1-4 0-0 3, Remedy Morrison 3-5 0-0 6, Trinity White Hat 1-4 0-0 2, Quincey Piper 0-0 0-0 0, Deija DeMarrias 0-0 0-0 0, Tawny Gropper 0-0 0-0 0, Caelyn Valandra-Prue 13-19 7-8 33, Kaylee Wells 8-14 1-2 18, Kelsey Morrison 0-0 0-0 0, Gabby Iron Heart 0-2 0-0 0, Lily Krogman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-54 9-11 69.

Ipswich       16  14    9  22    61

White River 18  19  21  11    69

3-point goals – I 5-18 (H. Heinz 3-9, K. Heinz 2-7, Steger 0-1, Kilber 0-1), WR 2-11 (Yackley 1-2, Wells 1-3, Leader Charge 0-1, Morrison 0-1, White Hat 0-2, Valandra-Prue 0-2). Rebounds – I 18 (K. Heinz 6), WR 45 (Wells 12). Steals – I 7 (K. Heinz, H. Heinz 2), WR 1 (Valandra-Prue 1). Blocks – I 0, WR 5 (Wells 5). Turnovers – I 8, WR 16. Total fouls – I 15, WR 21. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.


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