Pacific surged at the right time to win its first two games of the Rockwood Summit Holiday Hoops Tournament.
The Lady Indians (5-6) erased a halftime deficit to defeat Lindbergh (4-4) Thursday, 59-50, and then overcame a slow start Friday against Farmington (6-3) to win by 30 points, 58-28 in the semifinals.
Pacific Head Coach Bill Thoele captained his new team to an opening-round victory against his former team Thursday.
The teams ended the first period in a 7-7 tie before Lindbergh opened up a sizable 26-13 advantage going into the half.
“That’s the school I coached for 27 years and I didn’t make a big deal about it at practice all week, but the girls knew who it was,” Thoele said. “I think they came out a little tight and wanting to win and I told them at halftime to just loosen up and relax and play the way they were capable of. I didn’t scream at them or anything because I knew they were capable of playing better than that and they came out and played a great two quarters.”
Pacific completely erased that lead in the third quarter and went into the final eight minutes tied at 36-36.
The Lady Indians kept the momentum in the fourth quarter, outscoring Lindbergh in the final period, 23-14.
Grace Burrows topped the Pacific scoresheet with 19 points, adding three steals.
Maddie King was next with 11 points. She grabbed nine rebounds with six assists and three steals.
Annie Mueller notched nine points with two rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Cori O’Neill posted seven points and nine rebounds with three blocks, one assist and one steal.
Delia Toney scored seven points with five rebounds.
Morgann Harrison, Cassidy Murray and Lilly Prichard rounded out the scoring with two points each.
Harrison rebounded four with two steals.
Murray grabbed four rebounds.
Madison Brocato pulled down two rebounds.
Farmington led 6-2 after the first quarter.
What followed was an offensive explosion for the Lady Indians, who scored 26 points in the second quarter and went into the half ahead 28-15.
“We came out and played three great quarters — shot the ball well, rebounded and got into transition,” Thoele said. “We did a lot of things well against Farmington. I think we took their steam out of them because we kept doing some good things and building that lead and they got a little frustrated.”
The momentum stayed in Pacific’s favor the rest of the way as the Lady Indians led 44-23 going into the final period.
Harrison posted the high score for the game with 17 points, adding eight rebounds and one steal.
King scored 15 points with six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Burrows netted 12 points with two rebounds, one assist and a blocked shot.
Brocato put through 10 points with five rebounds and two assists.
Mueller and Toney each scored two points.
Mueller made four rebounds with one assist and one steal.
O’Neill grabbed five rebounds, Murray three and Toney one.
Murray also made three assists and one steal.