A three-pointer in the final minute of the game by sophomore Kyah Chase propelled the Switzerland County Lady Pacers to a 46-44 win over Henryville this past Saturday night.
A highlight of the victory was the play of senior Aleiah Thomas, who in the second quarter of the contest became the fifth Lady Pacer in history to score at least 1,000 career points. She finished with 17 points on the night.
The game was closely played, with Henryville taking a 16-9 lead after the first quarter. Thomas had four in the opening stanza, while Chase had three and Jaden Harrell chipped in the other two.
The Lady Hornets continued their steady play in the second quarter, expanding their lead slightly to take a 30-21 advantage into the halftime break.
Switzerland County’s offense got rolling in the second, scoring 12 points, with Thomas adding 10 of those and Maddie Duvall contributing the other two.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Lady Pacers cut the Henryville lead in half over the next eight minutes of play, trailing by five, 36-31, with a final quarter left to play. Strong defense led the way in that third period, as Henryville managed just six points. Switzerland County’s 10 points came from three by Thomas, two by Harrell, three by Jessie Duvall, and two from Keirstan Oeffinger.
Down by five, the final period was a tense one, as the Lady Pacers fought to climb out of the deficit and a strong Switzerland County defense kept things close.
A critical point in the game came with time winding down and Henryville holding a one point lead and had possession. Henryville’s Allison Horn was called for a controversial travel; giving the ball back to Switzerland County for a chance to win.
The ball was inbounded to Chase, who drilled the three-pointer for the two-point lead for the Lady Pacers — and ultimately provided the final margin of victory.
Overall, Thomas led Switzerland County with 17 points, and also added five rebounds an assist and a steal. Chase was also in double figures, finishing with 10, and she also pulled down a pair of rebounds.
Josie Meyer had six points and two rebounds; Harrell had four points, six rebounds, and a steal; Maddie Duvall had four points and a team-high nine rebounds to go along with two assists and a steal; Jessie Duvall added three points, three assists, three boards and two steals; and Oeffinger finished with two points and two rebounds.
Switzerland County now travels to Rising Sun tomorrow (Friday) night for a showdown with the rival Lady Shiners; and then come home to take on Franklin County on Saturday.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated Henryville by a score of 35-13.
Leading the way for the Lady Pacers was Gracie White, who had 18 points; while Rochelle Bolton finished with eight points.
Carly Bennett had five points; Hannah Hayes had two points; and Jayden Thomas also finished with two points.