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Stars fall to Belton in basketball District championship

The STA basketball team finished their season with a second place win in the District tournament.

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The STA varsity basketball team watches as Belton High School is declared District Champions Friday. The Stars lost the game 44-40 to Belton High School but finished their season with a 21-5 record. photo by Maggie Knox

The STA varsity basketball team watches as Belton High School is declared District Champions Friday. The Stars lost the game 44-40 to Belton High School but finished their season with a 21-5 record. photo by Maggie Knox

The STA varsity basketball team watches as Belton High School is declared District Champions Friday. The Stars lost the game 44-40 to Belton High School but finished their season with a 21-5 record. photo by Maggie Knox

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The STA basketball team received second place in the District tournament after falling to Belton High School March 4.

After a close first half, the Stars gained momentum when senior Eleanor Lueke scored a three pointer and then converted a steal into a layup. A three pointer by senior Gillian Cutter led the Stars into the fourth quarter ahead 38-28.

With six seconds left in the game, Belton scored a layup off of an inbound play and drew a foul to secure their lead at 44-40.

“Although this season didn’t end the way we had hoped it would, we have so much to be proud of,” Lueke said. “We had so much fun along the way and it was definitely a season that we will always remember.”

The Stars finished their season with a winning record of 21-5.

photos by Kat Mediavilla and Maggie Knox
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