The turnaround is complete for the Summit girls basketball team.
After starting the season with just two wins in seven games, the Falcons made history Friday.
A 41-34 win over Lutheran South in the Class 4 District 3 championship was the first for the Falcons program.
“It's extremely special because we had a lot of determination and we really wanted this bad,” Summit junior forward Jasmine Manuel said. “We had a rough start, but we've been working really hard. We got it together, we really worked on our team chemistry.”
Summit (17-10) advanced to take on Miller Career (17-7) in a Class 4 sectional at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Kirkwood.
The Falcons leaned upon Manuel and junior forward Abby Potter to provide the bulk of the offense in the Friday's historic victory.
Manuel led the way with 14 points, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, while Potter added 12.
Summit coach Dustin Hays said a key turning point came in the third quarter when Lutheran South took a one-point lead.
“Potter just hit a huge shot,” Hays said. “We hit our free throws down the stretch and played defense. Those were really important (factors).”
Miller Career 45, Ursuline 31 • A strong start and a big finish carried the Phoenix in their Class 4 District 4 championship win at St. Mary's.
The Phoenix, who reached the Class 4 state semifinals last season, were led in scoring by 14 points from junior Jayrissa Grayson. Senior Daisha Seltzer added 12 points.
Miller Career (17-7), which won its seventh consecutive game, got off to a 16-3 lead after the first quarter and ended the game by outscoring Ursuline 19-9 in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.
Ursuline (10-14) was led by 10 points from senior Emma LaMartina.
Jefferson City 46, Troy 28 • Ranked No. 1 in Class 5 by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, the Jays won the Class 5 District 8 championship on the Trojans' home court for their third consecutive district title.
Senior guard Morgan Bova led Troy (17-7) with nine points.
Borgia 60, Hannibal 37 • A 19-4 run over the course of the second quarter broke a tie and helped send the Knights (12-14) to victory in the Class 4 District 8 final.
The Knights won their first district title since 2015 and 14th in program history.
Rolla 62, Owensville 60 • A massive comeback effort by the Dutchgirls fell just short in the Class 4 District 10 final.
Owensville (16-12) trailed 46-34 after the third quarter before outscoring Rolla 26-16 over the final eight minutes to come up just short.