CREVE COEUR • The Whitfield girls basketball team proved Friday during its Class 3 District 4 title game at home just why it is so very dangerous.
The Warriors started ice cold, missing their first six shots, but behind junior standout Aijha Blackwell soon took flight in earning a 67-47 victory against Principia.
“Something just clicked,” Blackwell said. “We just knew we had to be more aggressive than we were at the beginning of the game. We all knew that we had to move forward and forget about our mistakes.”
Whitfield (20-6, No. 3 in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings, No. 4 in Class 3) won its fourth consecutive district title and advanced to the sectional round at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jefferson College to face Steelville (24-4) for a spot in the state quarterfinals.
Blackwell scored 18 of her game-leading 23 by halftime.
“We did this for Taylor because this is her last one,” said Blackwell of the effort gaining senior Taylor Lawson-Hicks her fourth district title in four years. “We did it for them, it feels good.”
Lawson-Hicks added 14 points for Whitfield.
“We've come to expect this,” she said. “That's where the program is now. We want to go out and do bigger things in the days to come.”
Senior Cameron Bania led Principia with 19 points while Jordan Fredrickson added 14. Late in the fourth quarter, Bania tallied her 1,000th career point on a free throw.
Principia (19-9), which made seven 3-pointers in a semifinal win over Herculaneum, converted on just 4 of 18 in the loss Friday.
“We knew we didn't have a lot of time to shoot, so we had to take the opportunities that were given to us,” Panthers coach Shad Nichols said. “We rushed them both mentally and physically.”