SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Strafford Lady Indians are three time state champions and last night coach Steve Frank’s team broke a Missouri High School basketball record that’s stood for more than three decades.
Strafford stepped onto its home hardwood tonight winners of 102 straight games. That winning streak was tied with the Marshfield Lady Bluejays from 1990. Tonight Republic stood in the way of history, but Strafford didn’t waste time jumping ahead.
1st quarter, Kayley Frank drains the three from the corner. Lady Indians ahead 11-1 out of the gate, but the visiting Tigers, made Strafford work for it.
Jazzy Kirby hits a triple of her own. Republic only down 29-16 at halftime.
But Strafford blew this one open in the 3rd.
Opening shot of the quarter, Kayley Frank again from three. She had 18 points tonight. That tied for the most with her sister, Hayley Frank who seals it with a three of her own.
The Lady Indians win it 69-42 for their record setting 103rd win in a row.
Afterwards the team said it would have been impossible without a community like Strafford.
“Kind of at a loss for words, you know? Looking around, seeing the support of our community and what it’s taken the last three years to make a run like this. It’s pretty incredible. There’s not a better word for it. It’s just special. I couldn’t ask for a better team to do it with or a better community to support us,” said Senior Hayley Frank.
“It’s just so special because these kids have put in so much hard work. There’s been so many kids that have led up to this point on teams that we’ve had over the last three years. It goes all the way back to all those kids that started it off there,” said Head Coach Steve Frank.
The second ranked Drury Lady Panthers beat Bellarmine last night 86-61, Drury has won 18 straight.
On the mens side, Bellarmine is the number one team in the country and the Knights pulled away late to win 81-59.
The Evangel Crusaders beat Baker 66-65. Two Clark Brewington free throws won the game.
On the womens side the Lady Crusaders beat Baker 82-73. Brianna Vogts led four Evangel players in double figures with 21 points.
It didn’t take Andy Reid long to find a new defensive coordinator.
Yesterday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that Steve Spagnolo will be the new defensive coordinator. The move comes 48 hours after the team fired Bob Sutton.
If the name sounds familiar it’s because he was a head coach for both the St. Louis Rams and the New York Giants.
Spagnolo started his NFL coaching career as an assistant for Andy Reid when they were in Philadelphia.
This past season, the Chiefs finished dead last in the NFL in defense.
I’m Dan Lucy with your Ozarks First web sports.