Lady Cardinals advance to Region XVI semifinal

2014-02-26T12:28:00Z Lady Cardinals advance to Region XVI semifinalMATT KING 573-518-3637 Daily Journal Online
February 26, 2014 12:28 pm  • 

PARK HILLS — The Mineral Area women’s basketball team flourished during the opening segment of each half on Tuesday, and began its journey through the Region XVI tournament by topping Crowder 81-59 in the first round.

Sophomore center Tayla Corrigan scored a game-high 21 points and Kasia Kiejdrowska netted 19 as the Lady Cardinals immediately set an aggressive tone at both ends of the court.

Mineral Area (17-11) forced 16 first-half turnovers and never trailed after Corrigan and M.J. Buschmann combined forces on an opening 8-0 run.

Buschmann compiled 14 points with nine rebounds and six steals, and the Lady Cards avenged an unsightly loss in Neosho from earlier this month.

Mineral Area hopes to utilize its familiar surroundings in the postseason as the tournament host, and has earned a third matchup this season with top seed State Fair in a 5 p.m. semifinal on Friday.

Crowder (10-20) was powered by post players Ariana Gallegos and Mariana Gallegos with 13 and 12 points, respectively, while guards Dorian Briggs and Tae’lor Monroe added 10 apiece.

The Lady Roughriders shot 55 percent from the field before halftime, but could not overcome their repeated miscues during that same span.

Kiejdrowska beat the shot clock with a runner off the glass to yield the first double-digit lead for MAC, then drained a 3-pointer as a brief 9-0 run widened the margin to 28-12.

Crowder mounted a 10-0 response while MAC rested many of its starters. Courtney Jones made a spinning layup and Gallegos capped it with a putback, but the separation never dipped below six points.

Larra Kubinski added 10 points and played extensive minutes off the MAC bench with Corrigan and Buschmann facing foul trouble. Her basket with time winding down gave the Lady Cardinals a 41-33 advantage at the break.

Mineral Area essentially put the contest out of reach with an energetic 16-2 run out of the locker room, pushing the lead to 57-35.

The first points of that sequence occurred when U’Knique Gaines hit the floor with an offensive rebound and shoveled it to Buschmann for a layup.

Corrigan used her 6-foot-4 frame to score seven second-half baskets over the Crowder forwards, including a 3-point play to make it 69-49.

Free throws were kind to both squads as Mineral Area made 16-of-20 and Crowder converted 17-of-21.

Gaines went 6-of-7 from the line, and tallied 10 points to become the fifth Mineral Area player in double figures.

Riley Reddin dished out eight assists in the victory. MAC was again without injured guard and key offensive weapon Robneisha Lee.

Jefferson upset 3rd-seeded Three Rivers in the other first-round game on Tuesday, and will play Moberly in the semifinal round.

Crowder  33  26 - 59

Mineral Area  41  40 - 81

SCORING:

Crowder - Ariana Gallegos 13, Mariana Silva 12, Dorian Briggs 10, Tae’lor Monroe 10, Katie Hughes 6, Courtney Jones 4, Tiffany Rhame 4. 3-point FG - None. (FT: 17-21)

Mineral Area - Tayla Corrigan 21, Kasia Kiejdrowska 19, M.J. Buschmann 14, Larra Kubinski 10, U’Knique Gaines 10, Alayah Cooper-Johnson 3, Ashley Ward 2, Darrieon Clark 2. 3-point FG - Kiejdrowska 3. (FT: 16-20).

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Tennis –

St. Pius 7, North County 2

Notre Dame at Potosi, ppd. 4/13

Softball – 

Valle Catholic 16, Crystal City 6 

Clearwater at Bismarck, ppd.

Baseball –

Kingston 5, Barat Academy 3

Kingston 9, Grandview 2

Arcadia Valley at Jefferson, ppd.

Maplewood at Valle Catholic, ppd.

Valley at Viburnum, ppd.

Potosi Tournament, ppd.

Soccer –

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Basketball  

DAILY JOURNAL/MAAA All-Star Games

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8 p.m. – Boys Game

College Baseball – 1 p.m.

Three Rivers at Mineral Area

Baseball –

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Farmington at Seckman, 11 a.m.

Bismarck at Fredericktown, 11 a.m.

Central at Lutheran South, 12 p.m.

Bismarck vs. Twin Rivers, 1 p.m.

Farmington vs. Cape Central, 1 p.m.

Twin Rivers at Fredericktown 3 p.m.

Charleston at West County, ppd.

Valle Catholic vs. Dexter, ppd.

Valley at West County, ppd.

Valle Catholic at Oran, ppd.

Charleston vs. Valley, ppd.

Potosi Tournament, ppd.

Track & Field – 

Notre Dame Invitational

Softball –

West County vs. Naylor

West County vs. Neelyville

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College Baseball  1 p.m.

Mineral Area at Three Rivers

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John A. Logan at Mineral Area

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi

Arcadia Valley at Central

Jefferson at Ste. Genevieve, 4 p.m.

Kingston at Bourbon

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Crystal City at Potosi

Arcadia Valley at Poplar Bluff

Golf –

Notre Dame Tournament

St. Pius at Arcadia Valley

Clearwater at West County

Soccer –

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Hillsboro at Farmington

Softball – 4 p.m.

Kingston at Crystal City

West County at Arcadia Valley

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College Baseball – 1 p.m.

Mineral Area at SW Illinois

College Softball – 2 p.m.

St. Louis CC at Mineral Area

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Arcadia Valley at Fredericktown

Grandview at Valley

Greenville at North County

St. Vincent at Valle Catholic

Kingston at Bismarck, 6 p.m.

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Farmington at North County

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North County Raider Relays

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Arcadia Valley at Valle Catholic

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North County Tournament

Tennis – 4 p.m.

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West County at Ste. Genevieve

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Fredericktown at Windsor

Softball – 4 p.m.

Valle Catholic at Woodland

Track & Field – 4 p.m.

Old Settlement Invitational

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College Baseball – 7 p.m.

Mineral Area at Crowder

College Softball – 2 p.m.

Three Rivers at Mineral Area

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

West County at Valle Catholic

Salem at Potosi

Perryville at Arcadia Valley

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Tennis – 4 p.m.

Poplar Bluff at Farmington

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Potosi at Windsor

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Fredericktown at Perryville, 5 p.m.

Softball –

Bismarck at Arcadia Valley

Kingston at West County

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Mineral Area at Crowder

Baseball – 4:30 p.m.

North County at De Soto

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament

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College Baseball – 12 p.m.

Mineral Area at Crowder

Baseball –

Farmington at Midwest Classic

Dyersburg (Tenn.) Tournament