Score the first round for the host school.
Whitfield (2-0) started off its home round robin girls basketball tournament Monday by defeating Pacific (1-2), 67-56.
The two teams stayed evenly matched through the first half with Whitfield leading 13-12 after one quarter and 30-29 at the intermission.
Whitfield slightly extended that lead in the third quarter, taking a 46-43 advantage into the final period before outscoring Pacific, 21-13, in the final quarter.
“Our problem isn’t scoring points,” Pacific Head Coach Bill Thoele said. We’re scoring nearly 60 points a game. ...Defense is where we’ve got to get better right now. We’ve got a lot of quality kids who want to get better. As long as you’ve got that, and we do, there’s a lot you can accomplish.”
Cori O’Neill led the Pacific scoring effort with 11 points.
Grace Burrows and Delia Toney each added 10 points for the Lady Indians.
Madison Brocato knocked through seven points. Morgann Harrison and Maddie King both notched five points. Annie Mueller and Lilly Prichard scored three points apiece and Cassidy Murray rounded out the scoring with two points.
Whitfield’s Lady Warriors were led by four players in double-digit scoring.
Kelsey Blakemore led the effort with 19 points for Whitfield.
Grace Siems was next with 13 points. Jade Moore added 12 points and Tajah Foster-Walker scored 10.
Kaela Lewis added seven points and Zaria Daniels six.
The tournament continues Wednesday with Pacific taking on John Burroughs at 6 p.m., immediately followed by Whitfield against Gateway STEM.