Chants of "Its all over" were heard from the Oakville student section by the end of the first quarter of the visiting Tigers' Class 5 District 6 final against Mehlville on Friday. And they were right. Oakville shut out the Panthers in the opening quarter and cruised to a 54-31 victory.
The Tigers, who finished fourth at state a year ago, are ranked fourth among Post-Dispatch large schools. They improved to 24-4 with their 14th consecutive victory and will face the winner of today's McCluer North-Riverview game in sectional play Wednesday at Meramec.
"I thought they came out ready to play," Oakville coach Nick Traxler said. "After what we did against Roosevelt (in the semifinal) where we gave up 22 points in the first quarter, I thought it was really important that we came out and played well in the first quarter of the district championship" contest.
Oakville scored the game's first 17 points and led 30-8 at the half.
Garrett Reeg led Oakville with 15 points.
Borgia 69, Sullivan 30 — The defending Class 4 champs had little trouble in St. Clair, improving to 27-0. Borgia, ranked No. 1 among area small schools, got 18 points from Nathan Scheer and 12 from Tyler Ressel and Ben Ruether. Sullivan finished 19-8.
Parkway South 57, Lafayette 50 — Alex Johnston scored 17 points while brothers Scott Pohle and Kevin Pohle chipped in with 15 and 13, respectively, as the top-seeded Patriots (19-9)won the Class 5 District 4 title at Eureka.
South will face the winner of tonight's Chaminade-CBC game at CBC in sectional play Wednesday at UMSL. Michael Messer had 25 points for Lafayette (17-11), which came in riding an eight-game winning streak.
MICDS 62, Clayton 58 — The visiting Rams outscored the Greyhounds 20-10 in the first quarter and went on to capture the Class 4 District 6 crown. MICDS, which has won 18 of its last 20, will take on Soldan in sectional action Wednesday at Parkway West.
The Rams, ranked sixth among area small schools, were led by Michael Scott (24 points, six steals) and McPherson Moore (17 points). Clayton (17-9) got 22 points each from Devonte Bell and Christian Thomas.
Soldan 59, Miller Career 44 — Down 21-20 at the half, the top-seeded Tigers came on strong, outscoring Miller 19-10 in the third period and 20-13 in the fourth to capture their first district title since 1998.
Ranked fourth among Post-Dispatch small schools, Class 4 District 5 champion Soldan (21-4) will play the District 6 champ Wednesday in sectional action at Parkway West.
Miller finished 18-8.
Soldan, which had won 14 of its last 15, received 17-point games from Partice Sanders and Brier West.
Parkway West 40, Marquette 21 — The host Longhorns (20-6) outscored the second-seeded Mustangs 13-0 in the second quarter to take a 25-6 lead and coasted.
The Class 5 District 8 champ, West defeated Marquette (15-13) three times this season. The Longhorns will meet Howell in sectional action Wednesday at Maryville University.
Larry Toomey scored 16 and Patrick Sodemann added nine for West; Marquette's top scorer, Ryan Rosburg, finished with seven points.
In other Friday title games: Howell captured its first district title since 1997, winning 68-56 over Zumwalt West in the Class 5, District 7 game at Howell Central; host DuBourg (12-16) avenged a pair of earlier defeats, knocking off top-seeded St. Marys 54-47 for the Class 4 District 3 championship; Fourth-seeded Holt followed up on its Wednesday upset of top-seeded Rock Bridge with a 64-62 triumph over Hickman to take the Class 5, District 9 title at Troy. The district championship is the first since 1991 for the Indians.
In a clash of St. Charles County rivals, St. Dominic defeated Duchesne 46-43 to win the Class 4, District 7 crown at St. Charles. The district title is the Crusaders' first since 1998.
Joe Harris contributed to this report.