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Kansas bound: Darton State College Basketball wins District J Final

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Written by David Mann

ALBANY – The Darton State College Lady Cavaliers beat Denmark Technical College 75-55 in the District J Championship, Friday, and have qualified to become one of 16 teams who will play for a national title March 18-23, in Salina, Kan.

Sophomore guard Michelle Mitchell charges the basket

In a Cavalier Arena packed with students all wearing white, the Lady Cavaliers put on a lively show and dominated the game.

Darton’s Michelle Mitchell led the game with 22 points, 8 rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Chanteniece Fann scored 10 and managed 8 rebounds, while Jasmine Wilson and Kadayasha Jones each added nine points in Darton’s favor.

Darton outrebounded Denmark 72-37. Jones collected an astounding 17 rebounds and teammate Iesha Bonner snagged 14.

Darton stayed in control throughout the entire game, and had its strongest lead in the second half – a 29-point margin of 59-30.

Mitchell scores two of her 22 points

The big win gives Darton its first opportunity to compete at the national championship since 2001. It was the program’s 30th win of the season, a school record, and brings the Cavaliers to a 30-3 record.

Darton won every single game they hosted in the Cavalier Arena this season – which is also a program first. They finished 18-0 at home.

They’ve achieved their highest national ranking ever as well – a current No. 11 in the NJCAA poll.

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