It was a game of missed opportunities for the Lady Indians.
Pacific (6-3) was unable to pull out of its midseason woes Wednesday in the first round of the Rockwood Summit Holiday Hoops Tournament, taking a 53-50 overtime loss to eighth-seeded Rockwood Summit (3-5). Pacific had been the top seed of the tournament.
After a 6-0 start to the season, Pacific has lost three in a row, including two conference losses to Union an New Haven.
Turnovers, 18 by Pacific, played a key role in Summit being able to stay in the game and to get the better of a tight game late.
“That’s kind of the way our season has gone so far,” Pacific Head Coach Megan Brady said. “We shoot ourselves in the foot. ... Over half of those (turnovers) had to be unforced — just balls off our hands, not being strong with the ball, bad decisions, bad passes, even bad shot selection sometimes. At crucial times. We had the lead late at one point or it was a tie game and it ended up not costing us as we still got to overtime, but we’re throwing away that possession instead of potentially being able to score there and win the game in regulation.”
The Lady Indians trailed 10-9 after the first quarter and evened things up to go into halftime tied at 18.
After falling behind 28-23 in the third quarter, Pacific closed the period on a 10-1 run to take a 33-29 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Summit battled back to within one point in the final two minutes. After the teams exchanged baskets, they exchanged turnovers and Summit only got one-of-two from the free-throw line to tie the score at 41. Summit got the ball back with 24.5 seconds to play in the tied game and couldn’t get either of the last two shots to fall in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
“We never got any momentum going,” Brady said. “We did a little bit of what we wanted in that third quarter and just couldn’t sustain anything. We had a lot of foul issues, so that hurts too, trying to get into any sort of offensive rhythm.”
In the extra period, the Lady Falcons built up a 50-45 cushion in the final minute before Grace Burrows hit a three-point basket to make it a two point game with 30 seconds remaining and made it seem like Pacific had some late magic in the works.
“We’ve had that all year too, where we dig ourselves a hole and manage to come out of it,” Brady said. “I think, early in the season, that almost hurt us. We were able to steal a couple of games that we probably shouldn’t have won and now we’re seeing that’s not going to work all the time. We shouldn’t have been in that position to begin with, but give Summit a lot of credit. They played hard and did what they needed to do. They had a lot of ball pressure on us.”
After a Pacific two and a pair of trips to the free-throw line for Summit, the Lady Falcons held on to a 53-50 lead with 3.9 seconds left, giving Pacific one last desperation attempt, but Maddie King’s long three-point attempt at the buzzer went high off the backboard.
Delia Toney was the top scorer for Pacific with 12 points. She added one rebound and one blocked shot.
Madison Brocato and Cori O’Neill each finished with 10 points.
Brocato grabbed six rebounds with two assists, one steal and a blocked shot.
O’Neill also pulled in six rebounds and added one assist and one steal.
Burrows finished with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.
King scored seven points with five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Julia White rounded out the Pacific scoring with three points and added two rebounds and two steals.
Annie Mueller led the team in assists with four and also grabbed two rebounds and one steal with one blocked shot.
Cassidy Murray recorded three assists and one rebound.
Jayla McLemore led all scorers with 18 points for Rockwood Summit.
Caroline Hager and Jasmine Manuel each scored 11 for the Lady Falcons. Julia Martens and Abby Potter each scored five and Raina Bryant three.