For a team that started the year looking for scoring threats, it hasn’t taken Pacific girls basketball long to find a big one.
Grace Burrows poured in a season-high 24 points Monday against Festus as the Lady Indians improved to 5-0 with a 63-36 victory in the team’s home opener.
Burrows has averaged 19.2 points per game through the first five games of the season while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range.
Monday, she held with those averages, knocking down 9-19 from the floor and going 3-6 in three-point shooting.
The team as a whole shot 23-54 (42.6 percent) from the field, 8-20 (40 percent) from beyond the arc and 9-11 from the free-throw line.
Pacific took a 17-11 lead after the first quarter before gradually building the advantage each period. The Lady Indians were up 28-20 at the half and 43-27 after three quarters.
“Overall we played pretty consistent which you can see from the score by quarters,” Head Coach Megan Brady said. “We did give up way too many points from the foul line though so we have some work to do defensively, but all in all it was a good team effort.”
Other scorers in the contest for Pacific included Maddie King with 13 points, Madison Brocato with 10, Julia White with six, Annie Mueller and Cori O’Neill with four apiece and Cassidy Murray with two.
In addition to finding a key scoring threat, the Lady Indians have also found a huge rebounding presence under the basket in O’Neill.
O’Neill has averaged 7.6 rebounds per game thus far this season, including a team-high of eight rebounds Monday.
King contributed five rebounds and the Lady Indians got four rebounds from Murray, three each from Mueller, Morgann Harrison and Delia Toney, two from Burrows and one apiece from Brocato and White.
Burrows, King, Toney and White each picked up two assists. Mueller, Murray and O’Neill each dished out one.
King grabbed five steals. Burrows nabbed two and O’Neill and White one each.
Toney recorded a blocked shot.
Jenn Oetting led Festus in scoring with 14 points. Abby Rickermann put up 10 points as the Lady Tigers also got five points from Bria Garmon, four from Allison Kuykendall and three from Maddie Welsh.