Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Basketball Roundup - Missouri District Finals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Basketball Roundup - Missouri District Finals

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Metro girls basketball coach Gary Glasscock knew the date all too well Feb. 24, 2005.

It was the last time Metro had defeated Cardinal Ritter.

A handful of those losses came in district championship games. That made the celebration Friday night all so sweet as the Panthers defeated Cardinal Ritter 49-43 in the Class 3 District 5 title game at Vashon.

Metro (23-7) snapped a four-year Ritter winning streak in the district and will play in the Class 3 sectional round Wednesday against either McCluer South-Berkeley or Lutheran North, which play Saturday in the District 6 final at Duchesne.

"We exercised some demons today," said Glasscock, whose team won its first district title since 2008. "Winning this title is huge but it is more special that we beat Cardinal Ritter in the finals. Ritter tried to intimidate us, but these girls are not going to be intimidated."

Faith Bland, who has been a real sparkplug down the stretch, led a well-balanced Metro attack with 14 points.

"I wasn't here last year, but I felt their pain and knew how much everyone wanted this game," said Bland, a transfer from Ladue. "I love doing the dirty work, which helps this team win."

St. Louis University signee Brooke Flowers and Mikenzie Burt had 12 points each for Metro.

Ryann Haynes had 18 points on six 3-pointers and was the only player in double figures for Ritter (18-5), which had an eight-game winning streak stopped. (BILL HESTER)

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Bowling Green 31, O'Fallon Christian 27 (OT) * Not a lot went O'Fallon Christian's way Friday night in the Class 3 District 7 girls basketball title game at Winfield High.

"It was a taffy pull," first-year Eagles coach Chris Ellis said following a 31-27 overtime loss to second-seeded Bowling Green. "It was tough. We didn't shoot it well. I thought defensively, we were good enough, but we had some breakdowns at key times, a rebound here, a pass there and obviously a foul here and there. …

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