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Knights knock off second-rated Corsica-Stickney

Aberdeen Christian’s Joy Rohrbach, left, moves the ball up the floor as Northwestern’s Jessica Boekelheide, center and Megan Nash, right, give chase during a game earlier this season at the Aberdeen Civic Arena. Rohrbach had 12 points, including two key three-pointers in a win over Corsica-Stickney in Salem Friday night. Photo by John Davis taken 2/3/2022

SALEM – Aberdeen Christian used a big fourth quarter effort to record its biggest win of the season Friday night.

The fifth-rated Knights defeated second-rated Corsica-Stickney 48-40 during the DWU Classic girls’ basketball event. Christian pulled away from a tie at the end of the third quarter to record the victory.

“Tonight was definitely our best win of the season,” said Christian coach Michael Rohrbach. “I couldn’t be more proud of our girls and they way they played.”

While the Knights had two players in double figure scoring, Rohrbach said everybody played a role in the win.

“To beat a team like Corsica-Stickney takes a total team effort,” he said. “They can score with the best and the way we hedged screens, limited (Avery) Broughton, and still defended their other players was most impressive to me.”

While the Knights scored 15 points in the final quarter, it was holding Corsica-Stickney to seven during the final eight minutes that proved to be the difference.

“All five of our girls played a great defensive game,” Rohrbach said. “Grace (Kaiser) and Chloe Bosma did a great job guarding Broughton.”

Meanwhile on offense, Mallory Miller once again led the attack. She finished with 22 points, including a pair of three-point field goals.

Joy Rohrbach added 12 and had a pair of threes in the closing minutes to help ice the victory.

Morgan Clites led the Jaguars with 14 points, Broughton followed with 13 and Rachel Gerlach added 10. Corsica-Stickney slipped to 15-3 on the season.

Christian moved to 16-2 with the victory. The Knights close out the regular season with a game at Langford Area on Tuesday before hosting top-rated Aberdeen Roncalli on Thursday at the Aberdeen Civic Arena.

“This definitely helps give them confidence going into a big game against Roncallil and getting close to playoff time,” Coach Rohrbach said. “It’s nice to know we can play with anyone.”

CORSICA-STICKNEY (15-3): Payton DeLange 0 3-4 3, Morgan Clites 5 0-0 14, Avery Broughton 4 5-6 13, Rachel Gerlach 4 1-2 10. Totals 13-53 9-12 40.

ABERDEEN CHRISTIAN (16-2): Joy Rohrbach 3 4-4 12, Hanna Miller 1 2-2 4, Mallory Miller 9 2-6 22, Grace Kaiser 1 5-6 7, Chloe Bosma 1 1-3 3. Totals 15 14-21 48.

Corsica-Stickney 11 24 33 40

Aberdeen Christian 10 21 33 48

3-point field goals – Clites 4, Gerlachl; Rohrbach 2, M. Miller 2. Rebounds – Corsica-Stickney 32 (Broughton 11); Aberdeen Christian 38 (M. Miller 9). Turnovers – Corsica-Stickney 8; Aberdeen Christian 17. Assists – Corsica-Stickney 9 (Broughton 5); Aberdeen Christian 12 (H. Miller 5, Rohrbach 4). Steals – Corsica-Stickney 8 (Broughton 3); Aberdeen Christian 6.

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