Knights fall in conference semifinals

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

   The Stanton girls forced 22 turnovers and held Fremont-Mills to 26.6 percent shooting in a 74-29 victory in the Corner Conference semifinals last Wednesday.

    The Knights had trouble navigating the Viqueens' full court pressure and stopping Kadie Subbert. Subbert scored 21 points, blocked two shots and grabbed two steals. Shelby Wagg added 13 and Rachel Sorensen 12 for Stanton.
    Lynde Madison led Fremont-Mills with 12 points.

Fremont-Mills 59,
Essex 40
    Lynde Madison, Amy Carlson and Brandi Menicucci combined for 46 points for the Fremont-Mills girls in a 59-40 victory over Essex in the quarterfinals of the Corner Conference Tournament last Monday in Farragut.
    The Knights (5-7) held the Trojanettes to 20 percent shooting (15-of-73) and forced 24 turnovers. Fremont-Mills also held a 45-40 rebounding advantage.
    Madison keyed the Knights' offense with 20 points and added five steals. Carlson and Menicucci chipped in with 13 points each. Mindy Lorimor scored five points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
    Seana Perkins led Essex with 14 points.

Stanton 92,
East Mills 21
    The Stanton girls used its smothering full-court press to sprint out to a 29-3 first quarter lead en route to a 92-21 victory over East Mills in the Corner Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Essex last Monday.
    “Stanton is an outstanding team, and they shot the ball extremely well from the field as well as the free-throw line tonight,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin. “They have so many girls that can shoot the ball, and if they are all on like they were tonight, it's going to be a long night. That being said, I thought that our defense wasn't nearly as aggressive as it needs to be.
    “We have to be quicker and contest every shot that they take, so that we don't give them as many open looks at the basket. Our press break was a disaster tonight. They are a very athletic team and press very well, but we only had one girl that didn't look scared with the ball in her hands.”
    The Viqueens (11-1 overall, 6-1) shot 38-of-79 from the field (48.1 percent), had 25 assists on their 38 fields goals and turned the ball over just eight times in an efficient offensive night.
    The Wolverines (3-9 overall, 2-4 in the conference) struggled to mount much offense of their own, hitting on 6-of-25 field goals (24 percent) and turned the ball over 38 times. Stanton also held a 36-26 rebounding edge.
     “Offensively, we did a couple of nice things, but we need to start seeing the whole court better,” said Laughlin. “We also have to quit standing around and look to go the basket if they are overplaying us. I was proud of how the girls didn't quit, and played hard tonight. Also, we kept our composure all night and exhibited good sportsmanship.”
    Devin Laughlin led East Mills with 13 points and three steals. Katie Sowers added five points.
    Kadie Subbert led four Viqueens in double-figures with 22 points. Rachel Sorensen added 16, Shelby Wagg  12 and Ragen Anderson 10.