Balanced scoring can’t carry Lady Pacers to the win, fall 44-42

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer basketball team made the long trip to New Albany this past Saturday night for a varsity only game against Christian Academy of Indiana.

The drive wasn’t kind to the Lady Pacers, who battled hard but in the end fell just short, 44-42.

The loss overshadowed an outstanding team effort offensively, led by sophomore Aleiah Thomas, who finished with 13 points.

The first quarter saw the set up of what would be a tight battle throughout the night, with Christian Academy ending the period with an 11-8 margin. Jody Breeck had a good quarter for Switzerland County, contributing eight points, while Lexi Lay and McKenli Scudder each added two points.

The second quarter was again closely played, with Christian Academy again just slightly in front over the eight minutes, 10-9; which allowed them to take a 21-17 into the halftime break.

In the second, long range shooting was on display for Switzerland County; as Kinsley Griffith and Keirstan Oeffinger each had three-pointers; and Thomas got on the board offensively with a field goal and a freethrow. The Lady Warriors continued to ride Alli Stamler in the contest, as the forward had eight points in the first quarter and seven more in the second to finish the half with 15 total.

The balance of the Switzerland County offense continued to shine in the third period, as Coach Mark Boggs saw four different players notch the scoring column. Scudder had four points in the period; while Thomas, Breeck, and Lay each added a bucket. Again the Lady Pacers were right with their hosts, but couldn’t make an offensive run, as Christian Academy managed 11 points in the quarter to move out to a 32-27, five point lead with a quarter to go.

The final quarter saw Switzerland County make a run, scoring 15 points in the span while holding the Lady Warriors to just 12.

Thomas was the key offensively, as she accounted for eight points on a three-pointer, two field goals, and a freethrow that completed a three-point play.

Griffith kept up her hot shooting, connecting on another three-pointer; and Jaelyn Hemingway came off of the bench to continue her outstanding play, scoring four points in the stanza on a basket and two freethrows.

The Lady Pacers couldn’t find an answer to Stamler, however, as she also had eight points in the final quarter – and that was enough to see Christian Academy escape with a close, 44-42 victory.

Thomas led the way with 13 points on the night; while , Griffith, Scudder and Breeck each contributed six points. Lay and Hemingway each had four; and Oeffinger finished with three.

Stamler led Christian Academy with 31 points.