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Lady Indians Defeat St. Clair in District

March 6, 2014
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Taking the game over in the second half, Pacific advanced in the Class 4 District 9 Girls Basketball Tournament with a 57-43 win Monday over St. Clair at Borgia High School.

With the game tied 30-30 at halftime, the fourth-seeded Lady Indians outscored fifth-seeded St. Clair 27-13 in the second half.


“We had a great second half defensively. Holding them to 13 points, that was huge,” said Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl. “We talked at halftime about how our defense needed to step up. We needed to block out and limit their chances. We adjusted and did those things in the second half.”

Pacific (14-12) advances to the semifinals against top-seeded Borgia (23-2) Thursday at 6 p.m. The two teams have not met this season.

Second-seeded Sullivan (21-4) and third-seeded Owensville (20-6) play in the other semifinal contest Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The championship game is Saturday at 6 p.m.

St. Clair (10-16) took the momentum into halftime when freshman Kelsey Wachter drilled a half-court shot at the buzzer to tie the game 30-30, capping a 14-5 run over the final three minutes of the half.

But it was the Lady Indians who took control of the game in the third quarter with a 10-4 run.

“I was proud of our effort. Some nights you just don’t play as well as you hope,” said St. Clair Head Coach Jena Carroll. “It’s frustrating because I’ve seen every one of our kids have outstanding games and it just wasn’t there in this game.”

Pacific senior Kya Hill reached 1,0000 career points during the first quarter of the game. She finished the contest with 13 points and six rebounds.

“Kya, in middle school, nobody would have known who she was. That kid has worked so hard to get to where she is now,” Spuhl said. “I’m very proud of her to get to 1,000 points. It’s well-deserved. It probably could have happened a little sooner. I’m glad she was able to do it.”

Senior Ashley Hill, who Spuhl said has over 800 career points herself, led the Lady Indians with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Meagan Wakefield collected nine points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Devon Fleming, a freshman, added eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Kate Cookson pitched in with seven points, six rebounds and three assists.

Hunter Kelemen scored three points. Brigid Toney had one point. Caroline Rogers also played.

“I’m happy with the way we spread our offense around. Devon had a great game. Ashley got focused after the first quarter and stepped up,” Spuhl said. “Ashley and Kya, and all the seniors, want to keep the season going. We have a great group of seniors with Amber Zurliene, Katy Brown, Hunter Kelemen, Ashley and Kya. They all support the team and really get after it.”

Pacific shot 55 percent from the field, but was 5-14 from the free-throw line.

Alicia York and Wachter both scored 10 points to lead St. Clair.

Karissa Hoffman finished with eight points. Miranda Murphy netted six points.

Emily Presley and Katelyn Guehne both collected four points. Halley Cokley scored one point. Sam Deason also played.

“This was an amazing group of kids to coach. They made it easy. They showed up every day with a positive attitude and respect for each other,” Carroll said. “We saw a lot of great things throughout the year that we can build on and we have direction on the things that need to be corrected.”

St. Clair held a 13-10 lead after one quarter, but Pacific went on a 15-3 run in the first five minutes of the second period to grab a 25-16 advantage.

The Lady Bulldogs ended the first half on the 14-5 run to tie the game, 30-30.

Pacific scored the first six points of the second half, all by Ashley Hill, and never looked back.

It marked the final game for St. Clair seniors Hoffman, Deason and York.

“The seniors will be missed. They are a very talented group and offered a lot to our team,” Carroll said. “Our future as a program looks bright. With our current returners and our new additions, I see the chance for us to become a different type of team. We plan to make some adjustments in the offseason and summer months that will hopefully better prepare us for the direction we want to go. I want to thank our parents and fan base for their continued positive support through it all.”

Thursday’s semifinal game will be the first meeting of the season between Pacific and Borgia.

“They’re going to give us full-court-pressure falling back into their zone, so we have to make good, smart passes and take the shots when they’re open,” Spuhl said. “They’re smart with the ball. Janie (Arand) is a great ball-handler and court leader. (Megan) Jensen has really stepped up for them this year. And they have one of the fastest girls in the area in Emily (Grahl). We’re going to try to combat those things, make it a good game and hopefully come out on top.”

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