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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

*Union at New Haven, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

*Union at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at St. James    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Cuba Tournament    TBA

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Pacific at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Silex at Union    4:30 p.m.

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Wellsville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Newburg at Owensville    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament

Blue Pool

Parkway West def. Hickman, 25-8, 25-12

Borgia def. Washington, 25-6, 25-15

Parkway West def. Washington, 25-19, 25-16

Borgia def. Hickman, 25-21, 25-10

Washington def. Hickman, 25-19, 25-11

Parkway West tied Borgia, 25-15, 22-25

Gold Pool

St. Dominic def. Francis Howell North, 25-14, 25-16

Lutheran South tied Jefferson City, 25-9, 22-25

St. Dominic def. Jefferson City, 25-7, 26-24

Lutheran South tied Francis Howell North, 24-26, 25-18

Jefferson City def. Francis Howell North, 25-9, 25-17

St. Dominic tied Lutheran South, 25-20, 22-25

Seventh Place - Francis Howell North def. Hickman, 25-15, 25-23

Fifth Place - Jefferson City def. Washington, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 1 - Lutheran South def. Parkway West, 25-22, 25-20

Semifinal 2 - Borgia def. St. Dominic, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22

Third Place - Parkway West def. St. Dominic, 25-17, 25-9

Championship - Borgia def. Lutheran South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Centralia    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Liberty Christian at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    10 a.m.

Indian Hills at ECC    2 p.m.

Borgia at Springfield Classic    TBA

Union at Rockwood Summit Tny    TBA

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

St. James at Cuba Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Union at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Hickman at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Licking    6 p.m.

ECC at Missouri Baptist JV    6 p.m.

New Haven at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

Blue River 3, East Central 1

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Holt    4 p.m.

Windsor at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Festus    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Calvery Lutheran    5 p.m.

Borgia at Pacific    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

ECC at Oakton    4 p.m.

*Fulton SA at Eagle Ridge    4:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Jefferson City Lightning    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Washington at Helias    11 a.m.

Cape Central at Union    11 a.m.

ECC at Lake Co    3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Affton at Pacific    5 p.m.

St. James at Richland    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Cross Country

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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