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Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 2:00 pm

Edging Fox Saturday afternoon in Imperial, the Pacific Lady Indians brought hardware back home from the Seckman Jaguar Holiday Invitational Tournament, 58-55.

But it wasn’t the hardware the Lady Indians (6-3) hoped to earn when they started their journey in the event Thursday.

Pacific settled for third place in the event, ending a three-year run of titles and a four-year run of reaching the championship contest.

Lindbergh, which dominated Northwest in the championship game Saturday, stopped Pacific Friday in the semifinals, 42-40.

“These close games are tough on me and tough on the girls,” Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl said. “I’m glad we ended up on top in this one.”

Spuhl noted positives for the tournament.

“All 10 girls did important stuff today,” Spuhl said. “That proved to me we can do this throughout the rest of the season. Everybody did something important.”


Going on a eight-point run midway through the final quarter proved to be just what the Lady Indians needed to salvage third place from the tournament.

For the second day in a row, Pacific struggled at  crucial times, giving the opponent a chance to take charge.

The game seemed to be out of reach. Pacific led 10-8 after one quarter and used a 10-0 run in the second quarter to lead 30-18 at the intermission.

However, nobody saw Fox’s three-point shooting onslaught of the third quarter.

“It was an interesting game,” Spuhl said. “I felt we were in control in the first half and then in the third quarter they were on fire. That was a difference maker, but we were able to stay in the game and fight back.”

Fox’s freshman, Izzy Farrell, hit three of the shots on the way to her game-leading 19 points. Overall, she hit five three-point baskets to go with four assists and four steals.

Senior Erin Birschbach hit the other two three-point shots. She had three baskets from beyond the arc for the game and added four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Fox hit five of its eight three-point baskets in the game during the quarter to take a 45-44 advantage into the final eight minutes.

Fox was up 50-48 when Pacific clamped down defensively on the Lady Warriors and used a six-point surge to take the lead for good.

“We adjusted and did a good job,” Spuhl said. “Once we stuck to her (Farrell), that was a big difference. We probably should have switched defenses earlier.”

Senior Ashley Hill hit the first basket. She scored 14 points in the game and went 4-4 from the free-throw line.

Then, Pacific turned to junior Kate Cookson, who scored the next two baskets and hit a pair of free throws with 2:45 to play to give Pacific a 56-50 advantage.

“I’m happy with the way we played today,” Spuhl said. “When they took the lead, we could have shut down. But the girls didn’t do that, we fought back and got up by six and held on.”

Cookson scored 16 points in the game to lead Pacific and was perfect from the stripe at 2-2.

Senior Kya Hill scored Pacific’s first two baskets of the quarter on the way to her 14 for the game. She took a crucial charge by Farrell with 6:16 to play.

Down the stretch, the Lady Indians did everything they could to gift the third-place plaque to Fox, much the same way they helped Lindbergh’s cause the previous day.

After a Pacific free-throw miss (the only one of the game), Birschbach hit a three-point basket with 37.7 seconds to play, cutting the Pacific lead to 56-53.

Pacific then turned the ball over on a five-second call.

Fox used that chance to get to the free-throw line with Birschbach hitting a pair of shots with 20.6 seconds to play.

However, this time, Pacific got the ball into play and the Lady Warriors were forced to foul Ashley Hill. She hit both shots to make it 58-55.

In the closing seconds, Fox tried to set up a tying shot, but the effort missed and Pacific held on for the victory.

Following Pacific’s trio of double-digit scorers were junior Ellen Rogers with seven points, junior Brigid Toney with four points and senior Hunter Kelemen with three points.

Also playing were seniors Katy Brown and Amber Zurliene and juniors Charla Jackson and Meagan Wakefield.

Fox also received 15 points and seven rebounds from senior Selma Fific.

Karli Allen and Jorden Johnson scored two points apiece.


It was a game neither Pacific nor Lindbergh seemed to want to win.

“It was not pretty at all,” Spuhl said. “We had a lot of turnovers. I thought our defense was OK. We missed a lot of free throws and easy shots. It’s really hard to lose by two knowing you only played about 10 percent.”

While Pacific scored first in the game, the Lady Indians chased Lindbergh through much of the event.

Lindbergh led 10-9 after one quarter and 26-23 at the half.

Neither team seemed to take charge in the second half.

Pacific had a number of chances to either tie the score or even take the lead, but couldn’t get the ball to drop through the cylinder.

On the other side, Lindbergh had a lot of chances to move ahead while Pacific got into massive early foul trouble. Lindbergh attempted 32 free throws in the game with 27 of those coming in the second half. The Lady Flyers managed to hit just 15 of those shots, 12 of the chances in the second half.

Lindbergh held a 31-29 advantage after three quarters and did what it needed to do from the free-throw line to hold onto the lead.

The Lady Flyers hit two baskets in the fourth quarter, with senior Sydney Teuscher’s score with 1:01 to play being a huge basket. That gave Lindbergh a 41-38 lead.

Pacific kept helping Lindbergh. Turnovers before the Lady Indians could even get close enough to shoot the ball. Kya Hill, who led all scorers with 16 points, finally scored with 27 seconds to play to cut the gap to one point, 41-40.

“I thought we started to play a little bit better in the fourth quarter,” Spuhl said. “We need to play better as a group and understand the game better in the end.”

Pacific then fouled Lindbergh and the Lady Flyers missed both free throws.

Working for another attempt, Pacific had a shot blocked and had to foul again. This time, Lindbergh’s Linsey Klein (12 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots, three steals and one assist) hit one free throw to make it 42-40 with 4.5 seconds to play.

Pacific still managed to get two chances in that stretch. The Lady Indians turned the ball over on a violation with one second to play, but still got a steal and wild shot at the buzzer.

“We had multiple chances throughout the game,” Spuhl said. “We didn’t quit, but it was not the prettiest basketball.”

Pacific’s inability to push forward in the game didn’t just come through turnovers and missed shots. The Lady Indians went just 9-17 from the free-throw line as well, missing golden chances to take charge of the game.

Only two Pacific players hit double digits in scoring with Ashley Hill netting 12 points to go with Kya Hill’s 16.

Also scoring for Pacific were Kelemen (five points), Wakefield (four), Cookson (two) and Brown (one).

Others who played were Jackson, Rogers and Toney.

Spuhl had to reach deep into his depth in the second half with foul trouble. At the end he was without two starters after Cookson fouled out and Rogers was injured early in the third quarter.

Other scorers for Lindbergh were sophomore Kavita Krell with eight points, senior Lindsey Bozdeck with six, Teuscher with five, sophomore Brooke Harmon and freshman Sarah Schraut with four each, senior Katie Thurmond with two and freshman Anna Nickel with one point.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles 85, Bayless 32

%Westminster 64, Washington 44

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific 48, Eureka 38

%Borgia 72, St. Clair 36

#South Callaway 68, North Callaway 29

#Hermann 28, Russellville 13

Crosspoint 59, Heritage Christian Academy 18

%Francis Howell Central 87, Union 79

#New Bloomfield 63, Montgomery Co 59

#Harrisburg 48, New Haven 39

Thursday, Jan. 15

#North Callaway 65, Montgomery County 58

#South Callaway 84, New Bloomfield 58

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Russellville 36, New Haven 34

#Harrisburg 51, Hermann 44

Friday, Jan. 16

%Washington 71, Bayless 43

%Union 65, St. Clair 52

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles 67, Westminster 50

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven vs. Montgomery Co.    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game — Russellville vs. North Callaway    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia 60, Francis Howell Central 53

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game — Bayless 58, St. Clair 43

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Bloomfield   3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game — Washington 66, Union 59

%Third-place game — Westminster 66, Francis Howell Central 62

#Championship game — Harrisburg vs. South Callaway    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game — St. Charles 65, Borgia 40

Sunday, Jan. 18

Pacific vs. Jefferson City (Mizzou)    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

Union 86, Warrenton 62

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Park Hills Central 72, St. Clair 55

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

Linn 59, New Haven 38

Thursday, Jan. 22

Union 86, Cuba 72

Fulton SA at Rivers of Life    6 p.m.

Borgia 70, O'Fallon Christian 35

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    7 p.m.

Pacific 69, Wichita Independent 46

Friday, Jan. 23

Cuba at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:45 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    7 p.m.

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Pacific vs. Riverton at Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    8:30 p.m.

New Haven at Chamois    6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Pacific vs. TBA, Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    TBA

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Owensville    6 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Wright City vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

~Montgomery Co vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois loser vs. Wright City-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois winner vs. Wright City-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

^Borgia-Union loser vs. Washington-St. Clair loser    7 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville loser vs. Montgomery Co-St. James loser    7:30 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville winner vs. Montgomery Co-St. James winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia-Union winner vs. Washington-St. Clair winner    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

St. Clair 60, Lutheran South 49

Pacific 65, Lindbergh 40

@Washington 79, Patriettes 28

#Harrisburg 69,  Russellville 45

#New Bloomfield 54, Montgomery Co 29   

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias 47, Sullivan 42

#North Callaway 49 vs. New Haven 39 

#Hermann 44 vs. South Callaway 40

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Ursuline 63, Pacific 44

St. Clair 58, Ft. Zumwalt East 27

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West 45, Union 38

@Borgia 57, Eureka 35

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Russellville 43,  New Haven 24

#North Callaway 63, Harrisburg 57

# South Callaway 46, Montgomery Co 28

#New Bloomfield 58, Hermann 50

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

St. Clair 54, Northwest 38

@Sullivan 64, Patriettes 32

@Union 56, Eureka 26

Friday, Jan. 16

@Helias 38, Washington 35

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven 52, Montgomery County 40

#Consolation — Russellville vs.  South Callaway  6 p.m.

@Borgia 47, St. Charles West 37

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game — Eureka 69, Patriettes 39

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. Harrisburg   2 p.m.

@Consolation game — Sullivan 45, Union 38

@Third-place game — Washington 55, St. Charles West 37

#Championship — New Bloomfield vs. North Callaway    5 p.m.

@Championship — Borgia 37, Helias 36

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville 78,  St. Clair 68

Warrenton 51, Union 44

New Haven 44, Montgomery Cnty 40 

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.-rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 23

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Pacific 63, Parkway West 43

New Haven 35, Wellsville 26

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

Borgia 56, O'Fallon Christian 26

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Pacific 55, Eureka 40

Thursday, Jan. 22

*Washington 56, Ft. Zumwalt East 30

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    5:30 p.m.

Silex 45, New Haven 44

Borgia 67, Trinity 22

Friday, Jan. 23

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

^Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific vs. Union    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Wentzvillr Liberty vs. Lutheran South     5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt vs. Warrenton    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt North 39, Washington 36

*Union 41, St. James 24

*Union 49, Sullivan 24

Warrenton 48, Union 30

Thursday, Jan. 22

Priory/Windsor at Pacific    5 p.m.

Borgia at Festus    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 24

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Ft. Zumwalt South Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific at St. Clair    6 p.m.

Borgia at Helias Tri-Meet    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington vs. Borgia    noon

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington at St. Charles West    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games