Stockton wins 3rd straight Class 3 title

Saturday, March 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:55 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Stockton's five starting seniors worked together to win their team's third straight Class 3 title in four years.

The Tigers were in control for all 32 minutes during their 56-44 win against Metro (St. Louis).

Kiana Bock led Stockton with 15 points, Kyla Burns had 14, and Jessica Stanley added 13. Chelsea Kenney had five rebounds to lead the team, and her twin Kalena Kenney had three assists.

"The pressure is you feel like you should get here every year, but it's never like 'Oh, we know we're going to get here,'" Bock said. "We expect it from ourselves."

Stockton jumped out to a 7-0 start and never stopped running. The Tigers stretched the score to 13-2, but a 3-pointer and layup by Metro's Brittany Dodson cut the lead to four early in the second quarter.

Stockton then went on a 14-2 run to close out the half, leading 31-15.

The Tigers led by 22 during the third quarter, and Metro could not keep pace for the rest of the game.

"To come back against a great team like this after we put ourselves in a hole is very difficult," Metro coach Gary Glasscock said.

Stockton's seniors will go their separate ways after winning the championship. Bock will go to Drury, Burns will attend Southwest Baptist, Kalena Kenney will play for Northwest Missouri St., and Jessica Stanley will go to Evangel.

"I'm as close to this group... than any group, and I've been out here 25 years," Stockton coach Tony Armstrong said. "I can't wait until next year to go watch them play."

Deidra Dace scored 10 points to lead Metro after Stockton held her scoreless in the first half.

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