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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 4:00 pm

One of the most anticipated district tournaments in some time will be contested next week in Pacific.

The Class 4 District 9 girls basketball tournament features two conference champions and a number of in-season tournament winners.

Pacific is the top seed and tournament host. The Lady Indians won Class 4 District 3 last season by beating Lutheran South, 56-34.

Pacific returned to the district this year, replacing Salem.

Borgia, the third seed, is the defending district champion after beating Sullivan for last year’s championship, 57-31.

Host Pacific is the district’s top seed and is ranked 10th in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 4 state poll.

Josh Spuhl’s team is 19-5 entering play midway through the week and the Lady Indians went 4-3 in Four Rivers Conference play.

The Lady Indians are led by senior guard Lizzy Almo (13.0 points per game) and sophomore forward Kya Hill (12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds per game).

Junior guard Ashley Hill (8.3 points per game) is another playmaker to watch, averaging 4.6 assists and two steals per game.

Pacific has a number of other players, including senior Abby Spuhl (5.9 points per game), sophomore Ellen Rogers (4.9 points per game), sophomore Meagan Wakefield (4.6 points per game) and sophomore Hunter Kelemen (4.2 points per game) who can step up at any given time.

Pacific has experience and won two in-season tournaments this season, taking the Seckman and Lindbergh titles. Pacific will have the extra benefit of playing at home.

Second-seeded Sullivan shared the Four Rivers Conference title with a 20-3 overall and 6-1 league record. Jason Merkel’s Lady Eagles have been ranked within the state much of the season (currently in the receiving votes section of the MBCA state poll) and have beaten everyone in the district with the exception of Pacific. The Lady Indians have beaten Sullivan twice.

Sullivan can look to a trio of top scorers with the Lucas twins contributing 22.1 points per game. Junior Taylor Lucas averages 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Junior Aley Lucas averages 10 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

Junior Sierra Pryor has been named MVP of the Sullivan Tournament and averages 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

Senior Jessica Heinle (6.0 points per game), senior Demi Reed (5.3 points per game), sophomore Kaitlynn Hill (5.0 points per game), sophomore Megan Brandt (3.9 points per game) and junior Tessa Johanning (2.3 points per game) are role players who could explode at any time.

Third-seeded Borgia has not won an in-season tournament, but the Lady Knights (18-6, 7-1) did win the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division title in its first year in the league.

Stacia Parsell’s team features a good outside-inside scoring combo of junior guard Janie Arand (15.8 points per game) and senior Katie Lindemann (13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds per game).

The Lady Knights aren’t deep, but make the most of their squad. Not many players in the district are quicker than junior Emily Grahl (7.3 points, 4.8 assists, 2.9 steals per game). Sophomores Molly Arand (5.3 points per game) and Cassandra Halsted (4.0 points, 4.3 rebounds per game) are starters capable of scoring well above their averages.

Union, seeded fourth, is starting to heal up after a rough stretch. The Lady ’Cats of Grant Young went 16-8 during the regular season and 4-3 in the Four Rivers Conference.

Union likes to move the ball inside to senior Rachael Bassett (12.2 points, 9.1 rebounds per game) and she’s healthy again after recovering from a back injury.

Sophomore Bethany Coons has had some big games recently and averages 11.8 points per game for the season.

Seniors Whitney Vitt (9.1 points per game) and Alyssa Coons (8.6 points per game) are outside scoring threats.

Senior Abbie Brack (4.8 points per game) plays a support role while getting some of the tougher defensive assignments.

Fifth-seeded Owensville is looking to shock the district. Dwayne Clingman’s team already has a win in Pacific over the top-seeded Lady Indians.

The Dutchgirls (12-12, 1-6) likely will go as far as freshman Hailey Diestelkamp carries them. She averages 15.7 points, 13.7 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 2.7 steals and 2.3 blocked shots per game.

Diestelkamp has had some huge games this season and will be the focus of the Owensville attack.

Others who can help include junior Miranda Robertson (7.0 points per game), sophomore Emily Ellis (5.1 points per game), freshman Bailey Nelson (4.5 points per game) and junior Taylor Payne (4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds per game).

Seeded sixth is St. Clair, but the Lady Bulldogs (10-13, 1-6) are no pushover. Jena Carroll’s team opened the season by winning the Clayton Round Robin.

Much of the focus of St. Clair’s attack centers on junior Karissa Hoffman (10.8 points, 6.1 rebounds per game), sophomore Allison Hinson (10.1 points, 2.7 steal, 2.3 assists per game) and junior Sam Deason (8.1 points, 4.3 rebounds per game).

St. Clair opens the tournament against Borgia, a team it lost to Jan. 2, 60-33.


Area Scoreboard


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

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


Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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