Lady Pintos take Lady Tigers down to snag district championship

California Head Coach Bobby Sangster and the Lady Pintos react at the end of a very close championship game against Skyline at the Class 3 District 10 Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday at Versailles, which California won 50-45. The Lady Pintos advance to Class 3 Sectionals today (Wednesday) at the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla, where they will play Hermann at 6 p.m.

California Head Coach Bobby Sangster and the Lady Pintos react at the end of a very close championship game against Skyline at the Class 3 District 10 Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday at Versailles, which California won 50-45. The Lady Pintos advance to Class 3 Sectionals today (Wednesday) at the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla, where they will play Hermann at 6 p.m. Photo by April Arnett.

California faced Skyline in the championship game of the Class 3 District 10 Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday at Versailles, where the #2 seeded Lady Pintos scrapped to the very end to defeat the top-seeded Lady Tigers 50-45. The win was extra sweet since California lost the district championship to Skyline last year.

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The California Lady Pintos got their revenge Saturday at the Class 3 District 10 Basketball Tournament at Versailles where, after losing the district championship to Skyline last year, they fought to the end to defeat the Lady Tigers 50-45 and clench the district title. Celebrating the win, front row, from left, are seniors Kirstyn Roush, Holly Wolfrum, Elle Miller, Kaitlyn Allison, Tiffany Lutz, Karin Bolinger and Tanner Roberts; back row, Head Coach Bobby Sangster, team managers Brittiany McGinnis and Morgan Bestgen, Sydney Deeken, Kamryn Koetting, Meleigha Caudel, Kelsey Roush, Caitlin Meyer, manger Taylor Walters and Assistant Coach Barb Whittle. The Lady Pintos will play Hermann at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Class 3 Sectionals at the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla.

"It's an amazing feat considering the talent in this district," California Coach Bobby Sangster said. "With all the adversity we've had to face, injuries, it's a great accomplishment for this team to be district champions."

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Senior Lady Pintos proudly display the district championship trophy after their win Saturday at Versailles.

Skyline led 8-5 after the first quarter and 21-18 at the half. The Lady Pintos turned up the heat in the third quarter to outscore the Lady Tigers 12-3 and led 30-24 going into the final frame. Skyline, however, went on a 9-point run to pull ahead of California 36-32 with 5:33 left to play.

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California's Elle Miller puts up a 3-point shot during the championship game against Skyline.

With 2:23 remaining, senior Kaitlyn Allison nailed a 3-pointer to put the Lady Pintos within one point of the Lady Tigers, 40-39. Sophomore Sydney Deeken sank a shot to pull the Lady Pintos ahead 41-40 with 1:50 left to play.

For more of this story check out the March 7 issue of the California Democrat.

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