Covering High School Sports in America
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Riverdale High's girls basketball team has won 48 straight games now.

The Middleton (Idaho) girls basketball team stretched the nation's longest winning streak to 72 games Friday with a 49-44 victory over Bishop Kelly (Boise, Idaho) to win its fifth consecutive District 3 championship.

The hard-fought victory keeps the Vikings on track to win their fourth-consecutive Class 4A state title.

This victory didn't come easily for the 23-0 Vikings, however, because they trailed by nine points in the fourth quarter before going on a 9-0 run. Allison Cossins and Maya Ah You each scored 14 points for the champs, while D'Rae Tullock added 13. Ah You, a senior guard, drilled 10 of 12 free throws, including four in the final two minutes.

Middleton coach Andy Jones told the Idaho Statesman, "These kids have a history of seizing the game in the fourth quarter. We made a nice run with some stops, some nice execution on offense and some second-chance points."

* Duncanville (Texas) raised its winning streak to 63 with a 55-26 victory over DeSoto (Texas) to complete a 35-0 regular season. Ariel Atkins set the pace with 17 points.

* Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) unexpectedly routed Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 72-43 for its 48th consecutive victory. Highly regarded Blackman has lost just twice - both times to Riverdale - but the earlier loss was much closer (55-42). Tyisha Petty scored 16 of her 19 points in the decisive third quarter for the 25-0 Warriors. Junior Alexa Middleton took game honors with 25 points.

* Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) defeated North Augusta (S.C.) 69-42 for its 35th-straight victory.