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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:32 pm | Updated: 4:30 pm, Fri Dec 14, 2012.

By Bill Battle

Missourian Sports Editor

If Monday’s slate of games is any indication, it’s going to be a wild year in the Four Rivers Conference.

In Union, the host Lady ’Cats (5-2, 1-0) earned a comeback victory over the Pacific Lady Indians (3-2, 0-1), 53-48.

“The biggest thing was that we stepped up and hit some big shots at the beginning of the third quarter to get our momentum going and our confidence back up again,” Union Head Coach Grant Young said. “We don’t have one go-to player. We’ve got to have a team effort because of our balanced scoring.”

On a night which saw last year’s league champion Hermann fall to Sullivan, 52-46, St. James beat last year’s Class 1 state runner-up New Haven, 41-38, and St. Clair top Owensville, 48-43, both coaches feel that it will be another interesting season in the FRC.

“I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of those scores,” Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl said. “There probably are going to be a lot of 4-3 and 3-4 records in the conference.”

Young agreed.

“Coming from southwest Missouri with the COC (Central Ozark Conference) and the Ozark Conference, the Four Rivers Conference has got to be one of the toughest conferences outside the St. Louis area. Our conference, from top to bottom, can compare to the COC. All of the teams in the Four Rivers Conference are winning games. It’s going to be a fight.”

Spuhl feels the rest of the conference schedule is going to be very close as well.

“It’s super tough,” Spuhl said. “It’s going to be like that in all of the games throughout the conference.”

Union visits St. James Thursday (JV game starts at 6 p.m.).

“We take our win,” Young said. “St. James is really tough. They’ve come out of the gate 7-0. We’re going to be the underdog. We’re going to have to battle it out and see if we can sneak out a win.”

Pacific hosts New Haven starting at 5:30 p.m.

“Doug (Peirick) has them playing good,” Spuhl said. “New Haven always plays good defense. We’ve got to be ready to play them.”

Union-Pacific

Pacific came out strong by getting a three-point basket from senior Abby Spuhl to open the game. Union responded with a three from senior Whitney Vitt, but the first quarter belonged mainly to Pacific as Union chased for much of the first eight minutes.

Pacific got a three-point basket from Hunter Kelemen to lead 12-7 after one quarter.

Pacific continued to add to the lead in the second quarter and took a 22-16 advantage to the locker room at the intermission.

But that’s where things changed.

“The biggest thing was that we went into halftime and said we’re not finishing our shots,” Union Head Coach Grant Young said. “We only had 16 points at the half. We really had to focus on executing.”

Spuhl said the Lady Indians let down defensively.

“I knew a six-point lead was not going to be enough at halftime,” Spuhl said. “It’s what’s been going on in our three losses. We’ve got to get a bigger cushion because for some reason we don’t come out too hot in the second half. We’re going to have to work on that before we play New Haven.”

Spuhl said Pacific’s defense changed quite a bit from the first half.

“We quit playing defense,” Spuhl said. “We held them to 16 points in the first half. We let them score 37 in the second half. We can’t let up.”

Union netted the first seven points of the third quarter. Senior Rachael Bassett scored off a rebound. Sophomore Bethany Coons scored and was fouled (missing the free throw) and Vitt hit another three-point basket to give Union the lead, 23-22.

Pacific fought back. Sophomore Ellen Rogers was successful from just inside the three-point arc.

But a pair of free throws by Bassett and a fastbreak score with Bethany Coons finishing after taking a pass from her sister, senior Alyssa Coons, and Union had a three-point edge.

Pacific senior Lizzy Almo scored the final basket of the quarter to trim the Union lead to 31-30.

Almo’s two free throws gave Pacific the lead again early in the fourth quarter. She hit a free throw and a basket to make it 35-31 in favor of the lady Indians.

Bethany Coons picked up her fourth foul on a charge with 5:11 to play and things seemed to be turning Pacific’s way.

“You can’t ask much of a kid who picks up her fourth foul,” Young said. “She made up for it by getting some big steals on rebounds afterward”

However, Union picked that time to rally. Bassett scored off a rebound and scored another basket while being fouled. While she missed the free throw, Vitt grabbed the rebound and scored, giving Union a 41-37 lead.

With 2:35 to play, Pacific junior Kya Hill hit a pair of free throws to cut it to 41-39.

With time running out, Union put the ball into the hands of Bethany Coons, knowing that Pacific would have to foul for possessions.

Coons went 7-10 from the stripe and scored another basket off a steal following a missed free throw as Union extended its lead.

“We really kept the ball in her hands because she was making the free throws,” Young said. “That makes a big difference. I’m really proud of how our team stayed with it and finished at the free-throw line.”

Pacific got a three from Kelemen and baskets from sophomore Meagan Wakefield, Almo and Hill, but couldn’t get closer than five points before the game ended.

Union had three players finish with double-digit scoring.

Bethany Coons led Union in scoring with 22 points. She was 8-12 from the free-throw line.

Bassett ended the game with 14 points.

Vitt closed the contest with 12 points.

Alyssa Coons scored four points and senior Abbie Brack added one.

Almo led Pacific with 23 points.

“Lizzy played great,” Spuhl said. “We saw the opening in the high post and we put Lizzy there because she could knock that shot down and she took advantage of it.”

Young agreed.

“She did a great job at the high post hitting some big shots in the first half,” Young said. “We tried to make sure she didn’t get as many touches in the high post and limit her touches. A lot of their stuff was going through her.”

Kelemen and Kya Hill scored eight points apiece.

Abby Spuhl scored three while Wakefield, junior Ashley Hill and Rogers netted two points apiece.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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