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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 2:00 pm

Top-seeded Sullivan reached the championship of its own Peoples Bank Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament, but it was a struggle.

For over three quarters, the Lady Eagles (7-0) grappled with fourth-seeded Borgia (4-3) to determine the outcome, a 49-40 Sullivan victory.

“Reaching the finals of our own tournament was a goal,” Sullivan Head Coach Jason Merkel said. “We beat a very good Borgia team tonight. We’re proud of that and hopefully we’ll win this tournament.”

Borgia Head Coach Stacia Parsell said Sullivan has an outstanding team.”

“Sullivan is a really good strong team,” Parsell said. “Coming in here, we knew that was what we were going to have to face. They’re as good as advertised.”

Sullivan plays second-seeded Farmington Friday at 8:30 p.m. for the championship while the Lady Knights take on sixth-seeded Owensville in the third-place game at 7 p.m.

Farmington has struggled in the tournament so far, edging Waynesville in the opening round, 53-51, and needing overtime to get past Owensville in the semifinals, 60-57.

“It will be a good one,” Merkel said. “We’re expecting to have a pretty good crowd. We’re pretty excited about playing for the championship of our own tournament against a pretty good Farmington team which has a lot more size than us. It will be another good test.”

The Dutchgirls have impressed so far in the tournament and Parsell knows Borgia has a challenge on its hands in the third-place game.

“We’ve got another tough match on Friday with Owensville,” Parsell said. “They’re really playing hard and they’re playing together. It’s going to be tough to get out of here on Friday with a win.”

Semifinal Game

Borgia rallied from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 39-39 with 5:09 to play. But Sullivan hit shots after that while Borgia went cold.

The Lady Knights expended a lot of energy in pulling back. After Tessa Johanning hit a three-point basket to start the final quarter, Borgia got a three-point play from Emily Grahl, a basket by Janie Arand off a rebound and a pair of free throws by Katie Lindemann to knot the game.

And the Lady Knights had chances to go up. Grahl stole the ball with just over five minutes left, but was called for a charge while going to the basket.

Soon after, Sierra Pryor gave Sullivan the lead for good with a basket with 4:32 remaining.

Borgia had opportunities to tie the game, but couldn’t get the ball into the basket.

“Having multiple trips down the floor and getting two or three turnovers in a row is giving Sullivan way too many opportunities to score on the other side,” Parsell said.

The Lady Eagles secured the game by going 6-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

“I was very proud of the defensive effort in the second half,” Merkel said. “We did a lot better job defending the dribble drive in the second half. They’ve got a lot more speed than we do, so we did a better job defending the dribble drive and the flex cuts. I was proud about how our girls finished the game.”

Pryor led all scorers with 18 points.

Also hitting double digits for Sullivan were Aley Lucas and Demi Reed. Lucas netted 14 points while Reed ended with 10.

Megan Brandt and Johanning added three points apiece while Jessica Heinle scored one point.

Also playing for Sullivan were Kaitlynn Hill and Aubrey Daniel.

“The bench did a good job tonight,” Merkel said. “I was very proud with how Tessa and Kaitlynn came off the bench and performed. They played well and were able to contribute.”

Sullivan played without Taylor Lucas, who suffered a concussion in the win over University City Monday.

Borgia also had three players reach double digits.

Lindemann led the way with 14 points while adding eight rebounds and two steals.

Janie Arand scored 13 points with six rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Grahl scored 10 points with five assists, five steals and a rebound.

Cassandra Halsted scored three points with two rebounds and a steal.

Molly Arand contributed six assists and two rebounds. Morgan Spradling had four rebounds. Also playing were Baylee Godat and Madison Wehking.

Parsell tweaked her starting lineup, giving sophomores Molly Arand and Halsted positions in the starting lineup after both had impressed off the bench in recent contests.

“We’re getting contributions from more areas,” Parsell said. “Katie Lindemann is working hard on the boards and keeping us in games we probably shouldn’t be in.”

Borgia’s lineup was able to thwart Sullivan throughout the first half. The Lady Knights led 13-10 after one quarter and 24-20 at the half.

Sullivan regrouped at halftime, and grabbed a 36-32 lead after three quarters.

“We just drew everything up again at halftime and told them to play with composure,” Merkel said. “I think we lost our composure in the first half. It was a big game and a big environment. Borgia-Sullivan always is going to be a big game. We’ve got a team that has never beaten them before. It was big on their confidence. I think more than anything, it was about mental toughness and tonight we showed some of that.”

Parsell said the game was a huge challenge.

“This is one of the bigger tests that we’ve had,” Parsell said. “It’s still early in the season and we’re trying to figure some things out.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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