The Lady Indians seized control early and never looked back.
Pacific (8-7) lived up to the No. 2 seed in the Fifth Annual Washington Girls Basketball Tournament in Monday’s first round, leading the entire game against No. 7 Ursuline (3-9) and notching a 56-42 victory.
The win helped set up a rematch night of sorts for round two on Wednesday with all four matches being a direct rematch of last year’s final round. Pacific will next play Holt Wednesday in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m., a rematch of last season’s third-place game. The other championship semifinal will feature Lutheran South against Warrenton, a rematch of the 2018 consolation final. Ursuline plays Parkway West in the consolation semifinals, a rematch between the two teams who played for seventh in the previous edition of the tournament. For the host school, Washington, the other consolation semifinal will be a rematch of last year’s championship game with Waynesville.
Although seeded seventh, Ursuline showed its record is somewhat deceiving. The Bears’ losses coming into the tournament included games against Cor Jesu, St. Joseph’s Academy, Nerinx Hall, Francis Howell, Whitfield and two games with Visitation Academy.
“Records are deceiving,” Pacific Head Coach Bill Thoele said. “You have to look at who they’ve played sometimes. Parkway West is the same way. They’ve played some teams really tough. So, there’s no gimmes on the bottom of this bracket.”
Holt only barely edged out Parkway West, 43-42, in the final first-round game of the night.
Pacific started on a 7-0 run against the Bears and led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter. By the intermission, the Lady Indians had extended their lead to 31-17.
Ursuline gained back a little bit of ground in the third quarter, but still trailed, 43-32, going into the final period.
“Most of the game we were in charge and doing good things,” Thoele said. “We’re trying to get balance back, get our post involved a little more and we did that today.”
Senior point guard Maddie King picked up a game-high 15 points in the contest and made three steals with one assist and one rebound.
Cori O’Neill put through 10 points with six rebounds.
Madison Brocato and Delia Toney scored eight points apiece and both grabbed nine rebounds. Brocato added one assist and Toney blocked a shot.
Grace Burrows, Morgann Harrison and Annie Mueller rounded out Pacific’s scoring with five points each.
Harrison grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot. Burrows rebounded two. Lilly Prichard made one rebound. Mueller picked up one steal.
Post play was a big factor for Pacific with the Lady Indians outrebounding Ursuline, 32-18.
“They made some good cuts to the basket and posted up strong,” Thoele said. “When we got them the ball, they did something with it.”
Leading the Bears’ scoring at 12 points was Hannah Scherzinger.
Emma LaMartina also got into double figures with 11 points. Ali Adrian and Molly Effer netted eight points each and Maggie Hodge added three points.
The second round of play Wednesday begins with the first consolation semifinal between Washington and Waynesville at 4 p.m., followed by Ursuline against Parkway West and Warrenton versus Lutheran South. Pacific and Holt will play the final game of the round.