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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 7:00 pm

The race to the top of the Four Rivers Conference girls basketball standings got a lot more interesting Thursday night.

Sullivan became the final team to drop a conference game, suffering a 50-48 home setback to Pacific.

The Lady Eagles (18-3) have lost just three games this season, two of which have come against Pacific.

“Sullivan played 10 times better (Thursday) than they did the first time we played them. It was a crazy game,” said Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl. “Playing there and winning was a great accomplishment for our team.”

FRC Race

Hermann’s 40-33 victory Thursday over New Haven means the Lady Bearcats (19-4) and the Lady Eagles stand in a first-place tie in the FRC standings with 4-1 records.

Union (14-6, 3-1) can join the top group with a win Friday at Owensville.

Pacific (16-4) and St. James (20-2) both are still alive in the hunt for the FRC crown, both sporting 3-2 records.

Needless to say, it should be a wild final week of FRC action next week.

Monday’s FRC games are Union at Sullivan, Pacific at Hermann, St. James at Owensville and New Haven at St. Clair.

Thursday’s games are Sullivan at St. James, Hermann at Union, St. Clair at Pacific and Owensville at New Haven.

“Our conference is insane. At the beginning of the year, most coaches thought it would be this way,” Spuhl said. “If we can beat Hermann and St. James defeats Sullivan, we could have a four-way tie for first place with all four teams with two losses. Union also has a chance. We also play Tuesday against Eureka in a nonconference game, a team that took Parkway South to double overtime. It’s never been our top goal to win the conference. The thing we focus on is getting better for districts. Hopefully we’ll play well in our final two conference games and see what happens from there.”


Like the last meeting between the two teams in the semifinals of the Lindbergh Tournament, Pacific started fast against Sullivan.

The Lady Indians jumped to a 14-6 lead in the opening minutes and led 16-11 after one quarter.

Sullivan chipped away in the second and third quarters, cutting Pacific’s leads to 26-23 at halftime and 37-36 after three quarters.

“It was an intense game,” Spuhl said. “We had an eight-point lead three or four times throughout the game. They got back in the game.”

There was plenty of drama in the fourth quarter.

The game was tied 41-41 with 5:35 left, 43-43 with 4:18 remaining and 46-46 with 2:41 to go.

A free throw put the Lady Eagles ahead 47-46 with 1:03 left on the clock.

Pacific’s Ellen Rogers forced a steal in the final seconds and the Lady Indians made free throws down the stretch.

With Pacific leading 50-47, Sullivan was fouled on a long three-point shot with 1.8 seconds left, sending it to the foul line for three shots and a chance to tie. The first free throw was missed and the second was made. The third shot was missed on purpose in hopes of an offensive rebound, but Pacific’s Kya Hill grabbed the rebound tho secure the win.

“This was a game that we did not play very well, but we did give ourselves a chance to win at the end,” said Sullivan Head Coach Jason Merkel. “When you shoot below 50 percent from the free-throw line and cannot come up with timely stops on defense, you’re not going to win many close games. We were our own worst enemy.”

It also was a huge win for Pacific, considering the seed meeting for the Class 4 District 9 Tournament is Saturday.

Lizzy Almo led a balanced scoring attack for Pacific 12 points.

Kya Hill and Hunter Kelemen both finished the game with eight points.

Ellen Rogers netted seven points, going 4-4 from the free-throw line.

Ashley Hill and Abby Spuhl both scored six points. Hill was 4-4 from the foul line.

Meagan Wakefield collected three points.

“It was good to have some balanced scoring,” Spuhl said. “Sullivan did a great job making things hard on Kya.”

Sullivan also had a balanced scoring attack, led by Taylor Lucas’ 13 points. She was 3-3 from the foul line.

Sierra Pryor finished the game with 11 points.

Aley Lucas pitched in with seven points.

Heinle and Kaitlynn Hill both scored seven points. Megan Brandt had one point.

Pacific was 17-20 from the free-throw line. Sullivan was 10-19.

“We made 17 of our first 18 free-throw attempts,” Spuhl. “We missed a couple at the end of the game.”


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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