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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:00 pm

Opening Four Rivers Conference girls basketball action, Pacific had a quick start to the game and made it hold in a 72-57 home victory Monday over Union.

The Lady Indians (3-3, 1-0) held the lead for the entire game, jumping to a 12-2 advantage in the first 3 1/2 minutes.

“We got all 11 of our girls in the game and everybody contributed to the win. To score 72 points, that’s always nice,” said Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl. “I think we’re getting back on track. We lost our first two games by one point, but I think that motivated the girls to get better.”

Union (1-4, 0-1) trailed by 14 points after three quarters, but pulled to within six points early in the fourth period.

“I was pleased with the way we competed. If we clean up half of our turnovers, which have plagued us this year, we’re going to see better results,” said Union Head Coach Dusty Weiskopf. “Pacific is a talented, well-coached team. It was a close game most of the way. If we continue to compete and build our confidence, we’ll be fine.”

Meagan Wakefield sparked Pacific’s early run with three three-pointers to help give the Lady Indians’ a 10-point lead.

Wakefield, a 5-4 guard, finished the game with 24 points.

“The big thing for us was Megan stepped up and had a good game,” Spuhl said. “She showed that she’s a good shooter. That’s something we see in practice. It’s huge when that carries over into games.”

Kya Hill, Pacific’s 5-10 forward, provided the inside scoring punch, finishing with 22 points.

“Teams we play are going to clog up the middle and really key on Kya,” Spuhl said. “We have to hit shots from the outside to prevent that from happening and that’s what Megan did.”

Keeping Kya Hill out of foul trouble also was crucial for Pacific.

“Kya picked up her first foul on our first trip down the floor. From there, she did a good job keeping her composure, stayed out of foul trouble and did a lot of good things,” Spuhl said. “We need her on the floor to be successful.”

Also for the Lady Indians, Ashley Hill finished the game with 11 points.

Brigid Toney chipped in with six points. Ellen Rogers and Hunter Kelemen both scored three points. Kate Cookson added two points. Amber Zurliene had one point.

Bri Clark, a 5-10 forward, paced the Lady ’Cats with 24 points.

“When we get the ball in her hands, we’re really good. Teams are going to have to adjust to her game,” Weiskopf said of Clark. “A lot of credit goes to our guards for getting her the ball. Our guards are getting better. We’re shooting the ball better.”

Megan Altemueller finished the game with seven points. Erika Jeffries and Cassidy Terrill both scored six points.

Anna Houston and Kayla Kelly both scored four points. Ali Overstreet and Emily Bay both had three points.

“Defensively, we want to make teams shoot over us. They hit some shots,” Weiskopf said. “It was a high-scoring game. We did some good things offensively.”

Leading 18-11 after one quarter, Pacific built its largest advantage of the game, 34-14 midway through the second period.

The Lady ’Cats responded by ending the first half on a 14-5 run to make the score 39-28 at halftime.

Trailing 56-42 after three quarters, Union pulled to within 60-54 with four minutes to play, but got no closer.

“We got some stops. It was 56-49 and we had three possessions where we turned it over. It was 60-54 and we had a turnover,” Weiskopf said. “We did things well. We just have to cut down on the turnovers. We’ll continue to work on that. We’re going to see the same kind of defensive pressure Thursday against St. James.”

Baskets by Kya Hill, Wakefield and Kelemen helped Pacific rebuild a double-digit lead.

“Defensively, there are things we need to work on. We have to work on defending the post,” Spuhl said. “There were times in the game where we got off track a little defensively and were trading buckets with them.”

Both teams have FRC games Thursday with Pacific traveling to New Haven and Union hosting St. James.

“It doesn’t get any easier in our league. I think we’ll compete every night and hopefully start to win some games,” Weiskopf said.

“Union is going through some changes with a new coach and some new varsity players. I think they will surprise some teams this season,” Spuhl said. “Every conference game is going to be tough. We go to New Haven Thursday. That’s a tough place to play.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Aug. 22

St. Clair at Washington    7 p.m.

Owensville at Borgia    7 p.m.

Union at Parkway West    7 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    7 p.m.

at Park Hills Central    7 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    7 p.m.

St. James at Cuba    7 p.m.

St. Dominic at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Trinity at Wright City    7 p.m.


Friday, Aug. 22

@ECC vs. Neosho    11 a.m.

Washington at Marquette    4:45 p.m.

@ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

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.


Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    9 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington vs. St. Clair, North Field, 8:30 a.m.

G2 Pacific vs. Liberty, South Field, 8:30 a.m.

G3 Union vs. Farmington, North Field, 10:30 a.m.

G4 Borgia vs. Park Hills Central, South Field, 10:30 a.m.

G5 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, North Field, noon

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 loser, South Field, noon

G7 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, North Field, 1:30 p.m.

G8 G3 winner vs. G4 winner, South Field, 1:30 p.m.

Consolation — G5 winner vs. G6 winner, North Field, 3 p.m.

Seventh Place — G5 loser vs. G6 loser, South Field, 3 p.m.

Championship — G7 winner vs. G8 winner, North Field, 4:30 p.m.

Third Place — G7 loser vs. G8 loser, South Field, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Rolla at Union    4:30 p.m.

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 at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at Union    4:30 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    5 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Fulton St. Albans at Crosspoint    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

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union    5 p.m.

#Washington vs. Seckman, Northwest    7 p.m.

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Washington at Rockwood Summit    Noon

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

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 at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

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

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

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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