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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

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 vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner 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 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

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

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser 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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