SANTO – Payton Billue scored 21 points and Chasen Howard added 15 to lead the district-champion Santo Ladycats to a 69-20 victory over Ranger here Tuesday in the District 11-A finale.
The Ladycats (19-4, 8-0 in 11-A) will receive a bye in the first round of the girls’ Class A playoffs and will advance to the area round.
Opponent, date, time and place of the Ladycats’ playoff opponent will not be determined until Tuesday night.
Santo, ranked No. 7 in Class A, raced out to an 11-4 lead after the opening period and went on a 17-3 run in the second period for a 28-7 cushion at the half.
The Ladycats exploded for 26 points in the third period while holding Ranger to two points as Santo took a 54-9 lead into the fourth quarter.
Also scoring were Taylor Nemeth with eight points, Courtney Flanagan with seven, Breeana Raffaele and Madison Lasater, each with six, Callie Wharton with four and Jaci Trotter with two.
The Santo junior varsity girls, also district champions, concluded an 8-0 league season after a 66-21 win over Ranger. Makaylee Steiner scored 18 points to lead the Ladycats. Also scoring for Santo (19-4) were Sage Sparks with 12 points, Lilly Motley with 11, Sadie Gann with six, Caylin Edwards with five, Jawnee Hess, Emily Ashbrook and Reagan Raffaele, each with four, Caitlyn Finley with two.
Strawn ladies win district finale
GORMAN – Jayde Price scored 37 points to lead the Strawn Lady Hounds to an 89-62 win over Gorman in the District 17-A finale on Tuesday.
Three other Lady Hounds – Jacqueline Berumen, Cori Pollock and Tearany Atkins – each reached double figures in scoring. Berumen scored 19 points, Pollock added 13 and Atkins finished with 11.
Also scoring for the lady hounds were Shelly Abbott with six points and Cidney Pollock with three. Abbott also recorded a game-high 15 assists.