Strafford girls on cusp of history after 102nd consecutive win

The Strafford girls are on the cusp of history after beating Cardinal Ritter 70-51 on Monday afternoon in St. Louis. That win pushed their streak to 102 in a row to tie them with Marshfield for the most consecutive wins in Missouri history.

“Reaching 102 (wins), it’s pretty crazy,” Hayley Frank told Steve Overbey of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the game. “Starting high school, I never thought anything like that would happen. But it’s just a testament to the investment, the time, the dedication that everyone’s had. From coming in early in the morning to going to work every single game and practice. It shows that it all pays off.”

Frank led the Lady Indians with 29 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Madison Chittenden and Kayley Frank each chipped in 13 points apiece.

Strafford will now look to make history at home on Thursday night against Republic (10-6). Marshfield’s record of 102 consecutive wins was set from 1987-1990.

Nationally, the Lady Indians still have a ways to go as the current record for consecutive wins is 218 set by Baskin (La.) from 1947-53. While reaching the nation’s all-time record cannot happen this year, they do have a chance to etch Strafford’s name well up the national leaderboard. Only 14 programs in the nation’s history have won at least 105 games in a row.

If the Lady Indians were to win out this season, they would finish the year on a 115-game winning streak, which would be the eighth-longest streak for a girls basketball program on the all-time national leaderboard.