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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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