Grace Burrows knocked down a three-point basket with 1:16 to play Thursday to lift the Pacific Lady Indians past Borgia in the Lutheran South Girls Basketball Tournament semifinals, 49-44.
“We’re not going to get too high on this one; it’s November,” said Pacific Head Coach Megan Brady. “It’s a great win, I thought we didn’t play as well as we could have and we still pulled off a win. We’re going to keep an even keel about this.”
Borgia Head Coach Stacia Houlihan said her team had plenty of chances to win the game.
“We had so many opportunities,” Houlihan said. “In that last four minutes, we had multiple stops. In the last minute, we had opportunities after they missed free throws. This was a good early season game where mistakes started to pile up and it ended in a loss in a tournament.”
Borgia (1-1) had just tied the game at 42-42 on a three-point basket by Julia Struckhoff, but Burrows slammed the door on Borgia’s comeback aspirations to put Pacific (3-0) ahead to stay.
“There’s still a lot to work on,” Brady said. “It’s early in the season. I thought we didn’t play as under control as we should have in the first half. We made some adjustments in the second half and got better shots and they went in. At the end, we were able to finish it out, which was good.”
Pacific knocked down free throws down the stretch, taking advantage of Borgia turnovers, to advance to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. title game against host Lutheran South, a 60-47 winner against Festus in the other semifinal.
“They hit a lot of threes against Festus,” Brady said. “We’re going to have to be ready to defend the three-point line. We had to do that tonight, too. I feel good about our chances.”
Borgia moved to the third-place game to take on Gateway, a 56-48 winner over Jennings in the consolation semifinal of the six-team event.
“We don’t ever see Gateway,” Houlihan said. “From what I’ve heard, they’re very fast. We don’t see that often, so it will be a good test.”
Borgia led 12-9 after one quarter. Pacific was up 24-23 at the half and 33-31 after three quarters.
Burrows’ three-point basket, her third of the game, was the last field goal for either team. From there on, all points were scored at the free-throw line.
Burrows led the Lady Indians with 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Maddie King was next in scoring for Pacific with nine points and added three assists, three steals, two rebounds and a blocked shot.
Julia White came off the bench to net six points with one rebound and one steal.
Madison Brocato, Cassidy Murray and Cori O’Neill each scored four points. Brocato added two assists, two blocked shots and two rebounds. Murray also had six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot. O’Neill had six rebounds, two blocked shots, an assist and a steal.
Delia Toney added two points, two blocked shots and a rebound.
Morgann Harrison added an assist and a blocked shot.
Pacific hit four three-point baskets, was 7-13 from the free-throw line and blocked nine Borgia shots.
“We had too many stretches where we didn’t get a good look, and then when we did get a good look, we rushed it,” Houlihan said. “Pacific has pretty good pressure defense and kept us on our heels.”
Grace Gettemeier led Borgia in scoring with 17 points for the game.
Cassidy Moss netted 13 points despite missing large chunks due to foul trouble. She was out for much of the second quarter and fouled out with 3:32 to play and Pacific leading 40-36.
“She’s a real nice player,” Brady said. “To have her off the floor, we had to take advantage of that and thankfully we did.”
Houlihan said her team had to adapt without its lone senior.
“It’s tough to play without her on the court,” Houlihan said. “We really hate to see that, but we could only protect her for so long. We’ve got to have her on the court.”
Lynnae Grus added six points while Struckhoff and Dani Kimminau each had three points. Sophia Landwehr scored two points.
“It was a sloppy ballgame on both ends of the court,” Houlihan said. “That was not pretty basketball to watch. Both teams are going to improve as the season goes along. If we meet again in the spring, it will be a different story.”
Other Borgia statistics were not available as of press time.