Opening up the season on neutral territory, the Pacific basketball Lady Indians trounced Battle at the St. James Shootout Saturday, 63-36.
After a slow start, the Lady Indians rolled to a comfortable victory.
“We started out pretty shaky,” said Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl. “Battle got out to a 7-0 lead. We were able to calm down and started running our stuff and took a small lead after the first quarter.”
The Lady Indians led 9-8 after the first quarter, then outscored Battle 14-6 in the second quarter to take a 23-14 advantage into halftime.
“The team really started to play well together and we never looked back,” Spuhl said.
Pacific outscored Battle 21-16 in the third quarter to lead 44-30 at the end of three quarters, then topped Battle 19-6 in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Indians had nine different players score.
Senior Devon Fleming led the way for the Lady Indians, scoring 20 points on 7-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
“Devon had a big double-double to start the season,” Spuhl said.
Senior Kyndra Morgan put in 11 points, going 5-8 from the field and grabbing six rebounds to go along with two assists.
Senior Caroline Rogers scored seven points and had four rebounds, while providing leadership to her teammates.
“Caroline Rogers really pushed her teammates to pick it up and they responded,” Spuhl said.
Sophomore Cassidy Murray scored six points, going 4-4 from the free-throw line.
“Cassidy Murray had a strong game for us as well,” Spuhl said.
Senior Kali Myers also scored six points while grabbing six boards and blocking two shots. Spuhl said Myers and Morgan provided a defensive presence inside.
“Kyndra and Kali played great defense on the inside for us,” he said.
Sophomore Grace Burrows scored five points.
Sophomore Maddie King and junior Julia White both scored three points. King provided three assists.
Sophomore Madison Brocato put in two points.
Junior Megan Meyers grabbed one rebound.