It took a team from across the state to end Pacific’s winning streak.
The Lady Indians (6-6) lost for the first time in five games Saturday against Liberty (Kansas City) in the championship round of the Rockwood Summit Holiday Hoops Tournament, 41-33.
The game saw multiple lead changes in the third quarter before Liberty (7-2) was able to gain separation and secure the championship.
Liberty led, 9-5, after one quarter and 14-13 at the half. The Lady Jays pulled ahead by five, 29-24, at the end of the third period.
“Liberty is a great team,” Pacific Head Coach Bill Thoele said. “They’re not flashy, but they’re really fundamentally sound and play really good defense.
Pacific previously defeated Farmington and Lindbergh to reach the championship round while Liberty defeated University and Francis Howell North.
Liberty focused most of its defensive efforts on Grace Burrows, shutting out Pacific’s leading scorer in the contest.
“They kind of took Grace out and Grace is the type of player that’s not going to force anything,” Thoele said. “She tried to make things happen with the other kids and she still played OK. Sometimes you have to do other things that help the team and she did some other things.”
Madison Brocato was the only Lady Indian to reach double figures, ending with 10 points. She also grabbed three rebounds and one steal and blocked a shot.
Annie Mueller stepped up with eight points after gaining the start for the third game in a row at guard. Mueller finished with two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
“She just gives us a lot of energy and gets going,” Thoele said.
Cori O’Neill netted six points with four rebounds and one block.
Maddie King scored five points and made three assists with two rebounds.
Delia Toney rounded out the Pacific scoring with four points.
Burrows rebounded four with one assist.
Morgann Harrison made four rebounds and one steal.
Liberty’s Jillian Fleming led all scorers with 18 points.
Mary Grace Mason was next for the Lady Jays with nine points.
Maddie Davolt and Allie Taylor netted three points each. Riley Davies, Madigan May, Olivia Nelson and Aryonna Haylee Straws all scored two points apiece.
Pacific returns to action Jan. 8 at home against Mehlville.