Pacific’s Lady Indians have momentum going into the holidays.
With only the Rockwood Summit Holiday Hoops Tournament remaining on the schedule for 2018, Pacific (4-5) rolls into the tournament on a two-game winning streak after Friday’s 64-27 triumph at home against De Soto (8-4).
Looking as though they could have also fit in on the gridiron, the Lady Indians utilized long passes down the court to beat De Soto in transition for easy baskets.
“We did a lot of good things,” Pacific Head Coach Bill Thoele said. “The first half, we couldn’t make a shot and we were still up. We got a lot of good looks at the basket, so I knew that would eventually change. Our game plan was just to get in transition and wear them down a little bit and I think we wore them down. Those were some really good passes. Those are hard passes to make and we had quite a few of those today.”
Using that strategy, Pacific was able to build a 13-4 advantage in the first quarter. The Lady Indians went into halftime ahead, 28-16. Pacific led by 16 points, 41-25, at the end of the third quarter.
Pacific shot 44.1 percent from the floor and pulled down 45 rebounds in the contest.
Grace Burrows put through the leading score of 20 points in the contest. She added four rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Maddie King had the next highest point tally with 11 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
In the low post, both Cori O’Neill and Delia Toney netted eight points for the Lady Indians. Toney grabbed nine rebounds and O’Neill eight.
At 6-3, O’Neill usually enjoys a significant height advantage against opponents. However, she frequently matched up with De Soto’s 6-0 senior Kendall Boyer in this contest and still finished just two points and two rebounds shy of a double-double.
“We did get a lot of second chances and put them up,” Thoele said. “Cori O’Neill had a lot of rebounds today. Cori outplayed (Boyer) today. She did a good job.”
Madison Brocato added five points for Pacific with three rebounds.
Morgann Harrison and Cassidy Murray each scored four points. Murray grabbed six rebounds and Harrison four.
Kiley Shal and Annie Mueller each netted two points. Mueller made one rebound.
Lilly Prichard recorded one assist, one rebound and one steal.
Paige Pettus grabbed two rebounds.
Boyer was De Soto’s leading scorer with 10 points.
Other Lady Dragon scorers included Kaitlyn McGinnitey (nine points), Krystin Keath (five) and Madyson Young (three).
Pacific opens holiday tournament play Thursday at Rockwood Summit against Thoele’s former team, Lindbergh, at 2:30 p.m.