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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 12:10 pm, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

Making history.

That was the goal for the Pacific Lady Indians Friday at the Seckman Girls Basketball Holiday Classic.

And that’s just what Pacific (7-3) did by beating Lindbergh (5-4) in the title contest, 49-40.

It was Pacific’s third Seckman championship in a row and fifth overall, breaking a tie it held with the host school for the most titles in the event history.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl. “I was looking at that and happy to be a part of it. This was our third one in a row. It was nice to threepeat as champions of a tournament like this. There are a lot of schools in this tournament that are bigger than us, so we like to come into this tournament and compete to get the win.”

Pacific senior guard Lizzy Almo said it’s a great record for Pacific.

“It’s awesome, especially for Pacific,” Almo said. “It’s such a small school and nobody really knows about us, so it feels really good being able to go this far again.”

Junior forward Kya Hill credited teamwork.

“We worked hard out there,” Hill said. “It’s all our teamwork and everything. We slacked off in the second quarter, but then we regrouped, realizing that we really wanted to win and to show people who Pacific is because we’re a small school. We don’t want people to down us anymore. We want to show them what we have.”

Pacific also defeated Lindbergh for the title in 2010, 2004 and 2003. Pacific’s title in 2011 came over Northwest.

“It’s my third time as a champion,” Almo said. “It’s my senior year, too. It feels pretty good. For the past three years, we’ve beaten Lindbergh in the championship.”

Three Pacific players left with additional accolades. Almo and juniors Kya Hill and Ashley Hill were named to the all-tournament team.

“I was very happy for them,” Spuhl said. “They’re all very deserving of the honors. They played their butts off the past three days. It’s not easy to play three games in a row, especially when everybody’s expecting to be off for Christmas. I’m really happy with how we played.”

Hill said the Lady Indians work on improving every day.

“We’ve been working hard every day in practice to improve,” Kya Hill said. “That’s all we focus on is to work hard, get better and improve every game.”

Spuhl credited Pacific’s defense.

“We played good today,” Spuhl said. “We had good defense again. Lindbergh wouldn’t go away. We were up 14-2 at one point and they started making some threes, so we had to step up and overcome their run. We did a good job to be up at halftime and put them away in the second half.”

Almo led Pacific in scoring during the game with 13 points.

Kya Hill was next with 12 points.

“You have to find ways to get around that. Our guards do a good job getting the ball inside to us,” Hill said about playing against a taller Lindbergh team.

“Kya Hill had a fantastic game,” Spuhl said. “Everyone played good today.”

Ashley Hill and Ellen Rogers each netted eight points in the game.

Abby Spuhl scored five points.

Hunter Kelemen added two points and Meagan Wakefield closed with one point.

Lindbergh was paced by its all-tournament selections, Angela Black (12 points) and Lindsey Bozdeck (eight points).

Linsey Klein and Kavita Krell scored six points apiece. Frannie Shillato netted five points and added 10 rebounds. Arika Snopek scored three points.

“They’re not going to quit,” Spuhl said. “(Bill) Thoele’s the legend at Lindbergh. He’s going to keep those girls going hard all the time. It’s never going to be easy playing them.”

Pacific started the game on fire. The Lady Indians jumped out to a 12-0 lead before Lindbergh found the basket once.

The Lady Indians got scores by Ashley Hill, Kya Hill and Almo in the first 1:44 to force Lindbergh to take a timeout.

Coming back out, Rogers hit a pair of three-point baskets to double the lead, 12-0.

Lindbergh struggled shooting the ball. Kya Hill showed hands of glue, intercepting passes and blocking shots.

“I had my lucky times in the first quarter,” Hill said. “Then I started swinging a little bit, which is what we’re not supposed to do.”

Lindbergh finally scored on a free throw by Shillato with 3:35 left in the first quarter. Pacific followed that with a basket by Kelemen off a rebound.

After one quarter, Pacific led, 14-2.

Forced into desperation shots in the second quarter, Lindbergh showed a tremendous run of luck to get back into the contest.

The Lady Flyers went on an 11-1 run to pull back to 17-13. And Lindbergh got four three-point baskets in the quarter. That included a rainbow shot by Bozdeck which dropped into the basket for three. And Shillato hit a bank shot off the backboard as well.

 “We were playing good defense,” Spuhl said. “We knew we had to guard Bozdeck and Krell. We had hands in their faces. They were just making shots. They made four threes in that quarter and that got them back into the game.”

Pacific regrouped to take a five-point advantage into the intermission, 23-18.

“I think we realized that we all had to come back and start playing as a team again,” Almo said. “We knew we had to play as hard as we did in the first quarter and the third quarter and keep pushing it through to the fourth quarter.”

The Lady Indians repeated their first quarter success to start the second half, ripping off a 12-1 run.

Pacific enjoyed a 35-19 advantage before Lindbergh went on an 8-1 run to end the half. Still, Pacific’s run early in the quarter was more than sufficient to keep a comfortable cushion heading into the final quarter, 36-27.

Pacific led by as much as 13 points in the fourth quarter and enjoyed a 12-point advantage with a minute to play before securing the nine-point win, 49-40.

Pacific starts its 2013 schedule at Northwest Thursday. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m.

“We needed this,” said Spuhl. “We had a couple of close tough losses to Union and Rolla coming into the tournament. We come back with Northwest and hopefully we can keep going.”


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