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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


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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


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.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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