One quarter made the difference for one set of Lady Indians against another Friday.
Holt (11-5) outscored Pacific (9-8) 22-5 in the second quarter to win the third-place game at the Fourth Washington Girls Tournament by a 59-52 final score.
Pacific recorded a higher tally in all three other quarters.
“One quarter cost us the game,” Pacific Head Coach Megan Brady said. “One really bad quarter. We couldn’t score and then we didn’t defend and dug ourselves a great big hole to climb out of. We showed a lot of guts in the second half and made it a game. We competed really well. I’m happy with the effort. We could have just laid down and died after that and we didn’t. So, I’m pleased with that, but hopefully this will be a lesson for us that you’ve got to play four quarters.
Pacific led 10-9 after one quarter, but trailed 31-15 at the half.
Brady’s squad cut into that lead in the third quarter, but still trailed the other Lady Indians 44-32 going into the final period.
Pacific put through nine three-point shots in the contest, seven coming in the second half.
“But I thought in that second quarter we had too many possessions in a row where we missed threes and at that point we’ve got to have some recognition that OK, we’ve got to make a basket,” Brady said. “We had some open looks, but the problem is if they aren’t going in, now you’re running to the other end. ...So, we got ourselves in a bad spot. We didn’t hit real well in the first half. Fortunately, we made some shots in the second half and cut into that lead, which we had to do.”
Holt didn’t give Pacific any help down the stretch, making 13-14 free throws in the fourth quarter. All but two of Holt’s points in the final period came from the free-throw line.
“Give them credit,” Brady said. “They did what they had to do to finish the game. They’re a really nice team. I thought we competed well, just unfortunately, again, one quarter kind of cost us the game.”
Grace Burrows, Pacific’s all-tournament representative, led the team in scoring with 14 points.
Madison Brocato and Delia Toney each reached double figures as well. Brocato scored 12 points and Toney 10.
Julia White knocked down three three-pointers to finish with nine points.
Maddie King contributed seven points.
King led the team in rebounds with six, assists with five and steals with three.
Pacific had six players with two rebounds apiece — Burrows, Brocato, Toney, White, Cassidy Murray and Cori O’Neill. Annie Mueller pulled down one rebound.
Brocato, Toney and Murray recorded three assists each. Burrows, White and O’Neill all dished out one assist.
O’Neill, Toney and Burrows each grabbed one steal.
Toney blocked three shots and Burrows blocked one.
All-tournament team member Nicole Grisenauer led all scorers with 20 points for Holt.
Michon Forrest scored 17 points. Holt also got nine points from Allison Meyer, eight from Jaliyah Green and five from Claudia Adam.