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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 7:00 pm

St. James was shooting for its 20th straight win to start the girls basketball season.

Pacific had other ideas.

The Lady Indians (15-3, 2-1) instead extended their own winning streak to 12 games, knocking St. James from the ranks of the unbeaten, with a 67-58 Four Rivers Conference victory Thursday at St. James High School.

“It was a great night. I’m proud of our team. It’s the first time we’ve beaten St. James on the varsity level in my four years as head coach,” said Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl. “The girls were excited, but we know we can still get better. We have a tough stretch coming up. The Four Rivers Conference is no joke. From top to bottom, I think it’s the best conference in the state.”

Pacific’s last three wins have come against Sullivan, St. Charles and St. James, three teams with a combined record of 53-5.

“We’ve played against a good schedule and have earned every win,” Spuhl said. “The games we lost we’d like to have back, but we learned from them.”

Lizzy Almo led three Lady Indians in double figures against St. James with 16 points.

Kya Hill finished the game with 15 points. She was 7-8 from the free-throw line.

Ashley Hill added 12 points. She was 6-7 from the foul line.

Meagan Wakefield pitched in with eight points.

Abby Spuhl and Ellen Rogers both netted six points.

Hunter Kelemen scored three points. Karlie King had one point.

“Lizzy, Kya and Ashley all played well. Lizzy and Abby both were sick. Meagan stepped in and played great. She was exceptional,” Spuhl said. “Abby hit a couple of three-pointers. We defended them pretty well.”

St. James (19-1, 2-1) was led by MJ Buschmann, who scored 18 points.

Ashlee Marlatt finished the game with 14 points. Alexis Uffman added 10 points.

Hannah Perona and Shauna Rinehart both scored six points. Corinne Anselm and Alison McDowell both had two points.

Pacific held a 13-9 lead after one quarter.

“I think we surprised them right off the bat. We had a couple of and-ones and led 7-2 pretty quick,” Spuhl said. “We had a 10- or 12-point lead at one point in the first quarter. St. James had never been down by more than 10 points all season.”

The Lady Tigers outscored Pacific 23-17 in the second quarter to take a 32-30 halftime advantage.

“They went on a run in the second quarter. We had three starters out of the game in foul trouble,” Spuhl said. “I was happy to be down by only two points at halftime with three starters missing much of the second quarter.”

Pacific outscored St. James 37-26 in the second half, including 16-9 in the third quarter, to lead 46-41 heading into the final eight minutes.

The fourth quarter favored the Lady Indians, 21-17. They were able to seal the win with free throws down the stretch.

“We just took care of business in the second half. Holding on to a lead in the last few minutes is something we work a lot on. If we’re ahead in the last three or four minutes of the game, I like our chances,” Spuhl said. “Lizzy and Ashley took care of the ball and got to the free-throw line. Kya made some big free throws, too.”

Pacific was 23-33 from the free-throw line. St. James was 9-20.

Defense continues to be a key factor for Pacific.

St. James was the first team to score 50 or more points against the Lady Indians during their current 12-game winning streak.

Things don’t get much easier next week for Pacific with games Monday at home against Owensville and Thursday at Sullivan.

The Lady Indians also have Hermann and St. Clair remaining on their FRC schedule.

“With these wins we’ve had, our underdog status is going to start to go away,” Spuhl said. “We have to get ready for a tough week, starting with Owensville. Teams are going to be ready for us.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games