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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4:45 pm

As it turned out, the third time was the charm for the Sullivan Lady Eagles.

Playing against Pacific for the third time this season, second-seeded Sullivan finally broke through with a win over the top-seeded Lady Indians 37-35 in the championship game of the Class 4 District 9 Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday at Pacific High School.

The championship game was a defensive struggle as both teams had a difficult time scoring points.

“Statistic wise, it was awful. There’s no other way to put it. We found a way to get it done,” said Sullivan Head Coach Jason Merkel. “It was a grind. A part of that is both teams know each other’s personnel so well, especially having already played each other twice. Luckily for us, we got it figured out in the right game.”

Sullivan (23-4) advances to play Bolivar (19-7) in the Class 4 sectional round Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. Missouri S&T in Rolla.

The shot of the game came from Sullivan junior Sierra Pryor.

With Pacific holding a 35-33 lead, Pryor drilled a 22-foot three-pointer from the right elbow with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Lady Eagles the lead for good, 36-35.

“To win the game like that was awesome,” Pryor said. “I didn’t realize I was that far back until some of my teammates told me.”

The Lady Indians (21-6) had the play defended, but Pryor made the long three-point shot.

“I was happy that was the shot they decided to take. It just went in,” said Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl. “She’s a great player. I knew eventually she would do something to affect the game. She was in foul trouble. We played her well when she was in the game.”

Pryor was one of a number of key players from both teams in foul trouble during the game.

“That was a huge shot. I told Sierra when she was sitting on the bench in foul trouble that late in the game, you’re probably going to be in there to make a play. And that’s what she did,” Merkel said. “We’re better off just letting our kids play. Those kids make us coaches look good.”

Pacific had the ball in a timeout with 6.6 seconds left. The Lady Indians got a good shot, but it was partially blocked.

Sullivan’s Aley Lucas grabbed the rebound, got fouled and made one of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left.

“We drew something up. Lizzy (Almo) was open. She had a good look at a baseline 10-footer. The call didn’t go our way,” Spuhl said.

“With just a few seconds left, we definitely didn’t want to foul them,” Pryor said.

“We knew that Lizzy or (Ashley) Hill probably would try to take us off the dribble and go,” Merkel added. “That’s what we were thinking, which turned out to be true.”

It’s actually the second time this season that Sullivan won a tournament on a last-second three-pointer by Pryor. She pulled the same trick to beat Helias in the championship game of the Union Tournament.

“That one against Helias was a scripted play, so we knew exactly where she was going to be at that time,” Merkel said. “She did this one on her own.”

The game-winning basket was the only points of the game for Pryor, who finished with three points.

Taylor Lucas led the Lady Eagles with 11 points. Megan Brandt added 10 points.

Demi Reed collected six points. Jessica Heinle and Kaitlynn Hill both scored three points. Aley Lucas had one point.

“We played hard and finally pulled through,” Pryor said. “It’s hard to beat a team three times. We knew that. We’re like, we’re not going to back down from you.”

Lizzy Almo and Kya Hill both scored eight points for Pacific. Hill was in foul trouble for much of the game.

Ashley Hill and Ellen Rogers both finished the game with seven points.

Meagan Wakefield scored five points.

“We knew it was going to be close and physical. That’s the way they play,” Merkel said. “We just find ways to win. We may not have the best basketball kids. We have some good athletes.”

Pacific was 13-27 from the free-throw line, including 5-12 in the fourth quarter. Sullivan was 5-21.

“Free throws were the difference. We had a lot of free throws that we missed,” Spuhl said. “I thought our defense was fantastic. I thought everybody on our team played as hard as they could. Sullivan didn’t play the best they can, either. I wish them all the luck.”

Trailing 9-7 after one quarter and 11-7 two minutes into the second quarter, Sullivan went on a 9-0 run, which turned out to make a big difference in the defensive-minded game.

The Lady Eagles grabbed a 16-11 advantage with 3:50 left in the second period.

But Pacific came back with five straight points to tie the game, 16-16.

Sullivan’s Brandt scored at the buzzer to give the Lady Eagles an 18-17 halftime lead.

The entire second half was back and forth. Neither team held more than a four-point advantage.

Sullivan led 25-24 after three quarters and 29-25 just 41 seconds into the fourth period.

The game was tied 33-33 with exactly one minute left to play.

A basket by Almo with 42 seconds left gave Pacific a 35-33 advantage, which set up Pryor’s game-winning basket in the final seconds.

“Defensively, we played on point. We did the things we talked about. We tried to control their inside game better than the two times we played them before,” Spuhl said. “Offensively, we struggled. At the times we needed to, we got the buckets to stay in the game. A two-point lead with 10 seconds left, I felt pretty good.”

Spuhl said the Lady Indians had another good season.

“That’s what we talked about in the locker room. Not the mistakes, but how well we did this year. Getting to 21 wins is fantastic. We won a couple of tournaments. We beat some teams that we’ve never beaten before. It was definitely a good year for us,” Spuhl said. “A lot of players stepped up this year. We definitely showed we can be competitive again next year. We have everybody back but two seniors.”


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. West, 5 p.m.

G4 Daniel Boone vs. Hannibal, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. Jackson, noon

G4 Springfield Glendale vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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