Hosting the Class 4 District 9 Tournament, the top-seeded Pacific Lady Indians put an end to Owensville’s run of upsets Friday, 56-35.
The Lady Indians (21-5) also avenged an earlier Four Rivers Conference loss to Owensville (13-13) earlier in the season in the same gym with the victory.
“It was nice to come out on top,” Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl said. “The girls were very pumped to get to play them again after losing the first time.”
Pacific advanced to meet Sullivan for the championship Saturday night thanks to the victory.
Pacific opened the game with a 15-7 first quarter and took a 27-18 lead to the intermission.
Owensville cut into the lead in the third quarter, but Pacific was able to hold a 36-28 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of action.
Being put on the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, the Lady Indians were able to seal the game at the free-throw line. Pacific outscored Owensville in the final quarter, 20-7.
“We played great team defense,” Spuhl said. “I am very proud of how Ellen Rogers and Kya Hill defended on the inside.”
Offensively, Pacific had a number of contributions.
“Lizzy (Almo), Ashley (Hill), and Kya all played great on the offensive end also,” Spuhl said.
Almo, a senior, and Ashley Hill, a junior, tied for the scoring lead with 15 points apiece.
Almo went 7-8 from the free-throw line while Hill went 5-8.
Junior Kya Hill scored 14 points while going 8-14 from the free-throw line.
Senior Abby Spuhl netted six points for Pacific, including the only three-point basket of the night.
Junior Hunter Kelemen, sophomore Karlie King and sophomore Meagan Wakefield scored two points apiece.
Also contributing, but not scoring, were sophomores Kate Cookson, Charla Jackson, Rogers and Brigid Toney.
Owensville was paced by freshman Hailey Diestelkamp and sophomore Emily Ellis, who scored 10 points apiece.
From there, the Dutchgirls got small contributions from a number of different players.
Scoring three points apiece were freshman Kayla Charboneau, junior Jaelyn Gauer and freshman Bailey Nelson scored three points apiece.
Junior Dayla Gruenloh, sophomore Courtney Hendrix and freshman Brookelyn Limberg scored two points each.
Also playing, but not scoring, were junior Taylor Payne, junior Miranda Robertson and sophomore Allison Walker.
Owensville graduates no seniors off this year’s team, so should return virtually intact for next season.