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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, 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


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.


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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