Cowgirls lasso tourney title with win over F-M

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Sidney claimed the Corner Conference Tournament girls basketball tournament championship for the fourth consecutive year with a 68-28 win over Fremont-Mills Thursday night in Tabor.

Maddy Duncan scored a game-high 25 points for the Cowgirls as they improved to 15-1 on the season. Caitlyn Ward chipped in 16 points.

Kaylee Wright scored seven points and hauled in nine rebounds for the Knights, who finished as the Corner Conference Tournament runner-up for a second straight season.

Fremont-Mills advanced to the championship game with wins over East Mills and Griswold in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the tournament.

In the 46-31 win over East Mills, F-M was up by just three points heading into halftime, but a strong Knights’ offense gained momentum in the second half to pull away for the win.

Kaelynn Driskell scored 15 points, while Wright and Courtney Goodman both chipped in 14 for the Knights. Wright crashed the boards for eight rebounds and two blocked shots, while Goodman dished out five assists.

Alex Knop led East Mills with 14 points and five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Kassidy Croghan pulled down seven rebounds for the Wolverines, now 3-10 on the season. Croghan and Randi Knop both had a pair of steals.

Fremont-Mills avenged an earlier one-point loss to the Griswold Tigers with a 40-31 victory in the semifinals on Wednesday.

The Knights were down by a basket ending the first quarter, but rebounded in the second period to take a 16-15 lead into intermission.

The Knights used a huge 16-4 advantage in the third quarter to take a solid lead and pull away for the victory.

Driskell and Lexie Howard scored nine points each to lead F-M. Wright tallied eight  points, while Goodman recorded six assists and seven rebounds. Howard also hauled in seven boards.

Fremont-Mills, 10-5 on the season, played Bedford and Sidney on Monday and Tuesday of this week and travels to Stanton on Friday.

East Mills is scheduled to play at Woodbine on Thursday before returning home to Malvern on Friday night for a matchup with Griswold.