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St. Louis locks up first district title since 1998, tops upstart Ithaca

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Carson City girls win third straight district

St. Louis senior forward Ryan Fagins led her team to a Class C district championship with 18 points in a 51-41 win over Ithaca Friday from Montabella High School.

The Sharks (18-4) checked off another part of their bucket list with their third victory of the season against the Yellowjackets (9-13) to clinch their first district title since 1998.

"This was the second part of the bucket list," said St. Louis head coach Walter Berry. "No. 1 was win the conference and No. 2 was to win a district title."

Fagins added 11 rebounds for the double-double as she remained a force on the defensive side.

She rebounded, blocked shots and created turnovers while scoring and also providing a couple assists on the offensive side.

"Fagins had a big night," Berry said. "She hit a game-winner at the end of the season and ever since her confidence has been up. I'm very happy with her and next game could be someone else."

The Sharks attacked right at the start.

They won the tip-off, scored, stole the inbounds pass, scored again and created a turnover. Ithaca would take a short-lived lead late in the first quarter, but St. Louis came back to take a 9-7 lead to finish the opening quarter and never looked back.

"Our turnovers went down and our scoring went up (to end the season)," said Yellowjacket head coach Ben Anderson. "Except tonight, we had some early lapses and it seemed every turnover led to an easy basket."

This was the third time the two conference foes met with the Sharks taking both of the regular-season games, 62-38 and 48-35.

St. Louis saw firsthand how Ithaca improved throughout the season, but it wasn't enough in the end as it finished out the difficult task of beating the same team three-times in one season.

"I'd rather have been on the side with two wins," Anderson said. "Tonight, they had too many putbacks and whooped us on the boards. Ryan Fagins had a heck of a game, too."

The Yellowjackets are a young team with only three seniors finishing their career Friday, so the future is very bright.

Four juniors, three sophomores and a freshman will return and the experience at the tail end of the season will motivate the team going into next season.

"I think we've turned a corner as far as the program is concerned," Anderson said. "Add in a 20-0 JV team, it's promising."

Kylee Chaffin led the Jackets with 12 points while Lacie Mates had 10 rebounds.

Adding a bit of insult to injury however, Fagins and the Sharks will play regionals against the winner of the Shelby versus White Cloud game at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Ithaca.



Carson City 33, Laingsburg 22

The Carson City girls basketball team won its third Class C district title in a row Friday as it beat Laingsburg 33-22 at home.

The Eagles (20-2) used a 23-13 run in the second half to seal the win.

MacKenzie Geister had 14 points while Mikayla Duflo had eight.

Last Updated: 2/28/2014 11:01:11 PM EST

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