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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 2:15 pm

Pacific certainly earned its championship plaque at the Lindbergh Girls Basketball Tournament.

The third-seeded Lady Indians knocked off the tournament’s top two seeds, St. Charles and Sullivan, both of whom had just one loss at the time, en route to a first-place finish.

Pacific (14-3) extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 51-45 victory over top-seeded St. Charles Friday in the championship game.

“It means a lot. We were underdogs. We’re known as a good team, but we’re not known as a great team. I think people are really going to have to look at us now,” said Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl. “We brought only eight players. All eight players did something important. The seniors stepped up big this week. Beating teams like Lindbergh, Sullivan and St. Charles in one week is huge for us.”

It’s the Lady Indians’ second tournament title this season after also winning the Seckman crown.

“That’s big. And I’m happy with third place at Marquette,” Spuhl said. “It’s been a great tournament year for us. Hopefully we can take it into districts.”

Representing Pacific on the all-tournament team were senior guards Lizzy Almo and Abby Spuhl and junior forward Kya Hill.

Playing against a St. Charles team with three players who stand 6-0, Almo was fearless in taking the ball to the basket and making things happen.

Almo scored 24 points in the championship game. She was 8-8 from the free-throw line, including 6-6 in the final 1:28 of the fourth quarter.

“It took a lot, but we did all the small things to accomplish the big things,” Almo said. “We’re playing as a team. Everyone is starting to open their eyes and realize that we have to play together as a team to win as a team. We knew what we had to do and we did it.”

Kya Hill, the tallest Lady Indian at 5-9, scored 14 points before fouling out with 3:32 left in the fourth quarter.

“Kya has the flu and she never quit. I’m very proud of her and the way she played so hard this week,” Spuhl said. “She’s a fantastic player. She’s finally starting to show that. Teams are going to have to worry about Kya.”

Ashley Hill played her usual solid game defensively and pitched in offensively with five points.

“Ashley played fantastic this week,” Spuhl said. “It was hard to pick three kids for the all-tournament team. Ashley definitely is deserving. She does everything I need, everything I ask. She can play the whole game. She’s a great kid.”

Hunter Kelemen and Meagan Wakefield both finished the game with three points. Ellen Rogers scored two points.

Abby Spuhl and Karlie King both played, but were held scoreless.

“We’re still young, but these girls have been playing together for a long time and it really shows,” Josh Spuhl said.

Gabby Walker, a 6-0 freshman, paced St. Charles with 17 points. Olivia Hollander, a 6-0 senior, added 16 points.

Trailing 15-10 after one quarter, the Lady Indians outscored St. Charles 17-6 in the second period to grab a 27-21 advantage at halftime.

Almo scored eight straight points during the mid stages of the second quarter, which gave Pacific the lead.

St. Charles (18-2) made a bit of a run in the third quarter, outscoring Pacific 15-10, to pull to within 37-36 heading into the final eight minutes.

The Pirates actually took a 38-37 lead with 6:18 remaining in the fourth quarter and also led 42-41 with 4:10 left to play.

Rogers then broke a tie with 1:52 remaining to give Pacific a 45-43 advantage.

The Lady Indians’ final six points came from Almo at the foul line.

“I wasn’t nervous at all. It’s just about going to the line and knocking them down,” Almo said.

“We were composed down the stretch. We kept getting the ball to Lizzy to get her to the free-throw line,” Spuhl added. “Lizzy is our senior leader. From 15 feet away, she’s scary. We try to get her there all day, especially against teams playing zone like they were tonight. The shots fell late when we really needed them to.”

Pacific (1-1 in the Four Rivers Conference) returns to action Thursday with a showdown at St. James (18-0, 2-0).

“Eleven wins in a row with St. James on Thursday,” Spuhl said. “It’s going to be fun going there. They’re playing fantastic. We’re not going to be scared. We’re going to go there and play hard.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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

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