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Jackets make history, advance to Class C quarterfinals WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca's girls basketball team won the first regional title in program history Thursday as it beat host Reese. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE--MIPREPZONE.COM)

REESE – Bust out the turntable because it’s time to spin some records.

On Thursday night from Reese High School the Ithaca High School girls basketball team recorded a historical outtake as it beat Reese to pieces to capture the first regional basketball crown in program history.

The Jackets (23-2) beat the Rockets to the tune of a 68-45 final to advance to Tuesday’s Class C quarterfinal round where they will face Flint Hamady (22-1) at 7 p.m. from Saginaw Heritage High School.

“It’s so great,” said Ithaca head coach Jessie Rayburn. “It couldn’t have happened to a better group of girls. I’ve very happy for the community (and) very happy for the support we had tonight. I thought we were just as loud as Reese at times.”

Ithaca, which is having its best season record-wise and postseason-wise, came out and set the tone immediately.

After winning the opening tip junior Maddie Brock took the ball right at the basket for a layup and a 2-0 lead.

The Jackets then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and Brock put it in for a 4-0 lead in a matter of 19 seconds.

This initial flurry was a precursor of what was to come in that Ithaca’s defensive pressure created turnovers at wholesale rates in the first half which led to easy buckets.

“We had a lot of energy and we were hyped up at the beginning of the game,” said Brock, who finished with 16 points and six boards. “I had a little extra spark there at the beginning and I was just glad to help the team out. Our hard work has gotten us to where we are today and I’m excited about it.”

A pair of Kylee Chaffin three-pointers pushed the lead to 12-5 early in the first and the Jackets led 18-9 at the end of one.

In the second quarter Ithaca pushed its lead to 26-13 before the Rockets lifted off and put together an 8-0 run to make it 26-21 via a pair of Abbey Ackerman triples.

Another Ackerman trey just before the buzzer cut Ithaca’s lead to six at 33-27 going into the half.

“I’m honest with the girls (and) I told them (Reese) has the momentum right now, we need to get it swung back on our side,” said Rayburn of her halftime speech.

In the opening minutes of the third the Jackets put it away via an 8-0 run that made it 41-27. By the time the fourth quarter started the lead was 23 at 57-34.

“It was a huge run and that really catapulted us,” Rayburn added.

For the Jackets the victory adds another chapter to the best season in program history and the players, fans and community will be smiling from ear to ear all weekend.

“It’s a really good feeling because no team has ever done this before,” said senior guard Brooklyn Dolloff.

Sophomore star Kayla Belles led the Jackets with 25 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and four steals while Dolloff added in eight points, four assists, five rebounds and six steals. Chaffin also had eight points and two assists while Liz Bentley had 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.

Ackerman paced Reese with 13 points while Maddie Coulter had 12.

Ithaca’s quarterfinal opponent Flint Hamady beat regional host Sandusky 45-36 Thursday to advance.

Last Updated: 3/10/2016 10:56:48 PM EST