Lindbergh High girls drop tight 53-51 title game to Pacific High


For the Call

The Lindbergh High School girls’ basketball team couldn’t break the curse against Pacific Senior High last week, losing another close championship game to the Indians.

The Flyers (7-4, 0-1 Suburban West) reached the championship game of the Seckman Holiday Invitational last week for the fourth straight year, only to lose to Pacific for the second consecutive year — this time in a 53-51 nail-biter.

The Flyers have lost to Pacific in the past three meetings dating back to December 2003.

“Pacific pressed the whole game and basically we did too,” Lindbergh head coach Bill Thoele told the Call. “In the third quarter we got really tired.”

Lindbergh was without the services of senior guard Kris-tin Gregory and freshman guard Aimee Ubriaco.

Gregory sprained her ankle in the Flyers’ semifinal win over Northwest and Ubriaco traveled to Pasadena, Calif., to march with Lindbergh High band at the Tournament of Roses Parade.

“Just having people out of the rotation was tough,” Thoele said. “But we still had a shot to win with 20 seconds left.”

Lindbergh’s Amy Hake led all scorers with 19 points, six rebounds, eight steals, two assists and one blocked shot. The senior guard averaged 21.33 points per game throughout the holiday tournament.

“I actually didn’t give Amy enough rest during the game and I think it hurt us,” Thoele said.

Flyer junior guard Laura Therina also turned in a solid performance with 15 points, four rebounds and one assist. Therina averages 5.8 points a game this season, while leading the team in assists with 33.

“Laura has been running the three (guard) all year and we moved her to the point (guard) and she played her heart out,” Thoele said. “We put her in a tough spot and she responded really well for us.”

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when Kirkwood comes to town.

Lindbergh defeated Kirkwood 50-46 earlier this season on Hake’s 28 points, six steals, four rebounds and three assists.

“Kirkwood’s really improved a lot this year,” Thoele said. “We need to get a win in conference so it’s going to be a pretty important game for us.”