Cold start leads to loss for Lady Pacers

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacers hosted the state-ranked South Ripley Lady Raiders last Tuesday night, and after a slow start in the first quarter, Coach Ashley Kitts’ squad couldn’t make up the deficit, and fell by a final score of 50-34.

Switzerland County managed just two points over the first eight minutes, a basket by Hope Tankersley; while South Ripley posted 15 points in the first quarter.

The Lady Raiders had a balanced attack, getting six points from Elexah Roepke; a three-pointers from Cameo Hamm and Morgan Peetz; a basket by Toria Tucker; and a freethrow from Julia Rea to grab the big early lead.

The second quarter was much closer, with Switzerland County posting 12 points in the period; while South Ripley again added 15 points.

Freshman Aleiah Thomas did most of the damage for the Lady Pacers, scoring six points on two field goals and two freethrows; while Kinsley Griffith had two baskets for four points and Kaitlynn Morris had two freethrows.

Roepke kept up her scoring pace with six more points; while Kiley Sparks saw her offense wake up, scoring seven points on a three-pointer and two baskets.

At the half, South Ripley held a 30-14 lead.

The third quarter saw Switzerland County make a run at the South Ripley lead, outscoring their guests 13-7 to draw to within 10.

Thomas continued her hot play in the quarter, accounting for eight points, including a couple of three-pointers.

Also chipping in during the third were Rylee Hankins, Hope Tankersley, and Morris, each of whom added two points.

The fourth quarter was a mirror image of the third, with South Ripley outscoring Switzerland County by a 13-7 score.

Five of the Lady Pacers points came from the freethrow line, as Whitley Schirmer and Thomas each converted two freethrows and Hankins had one.

Mallory Phagan had Switzerland County’s only field goal of the period.

South Ripley also spent much of the quarter at the charity stripe; converting 5-of-8 attempts to secure their lead.

Martha Gentile and Hamm also hit three-pointers in the period.

At the final buzzer, South Ripley held a 16-point margin, 50-34.

Thomas had 15 points to lead the Lady Pacers; but none of her teammates could amass much offense.

Hankins, Griffith and Morris had four points each; Tankersley added three; and Schirmer and Phagan each had two.

Hankins also led the team with eight rebounds; while Tankersley and Morris each had five boards; and Taylar Jordan and Phagan each added four. Phagan also had three assists.

South Ripley was led by Roepke with 15 points; while Sparks and Tucker added seven each.

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In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated South Ripley by a final score of 43-29.

Aleiah Thomas was the leading scorer for the jayvee, finishing with nine points; and she also added three steals and six rebounds.

Maggie Clayton had eight points, three steals, and two assists; and Emma Sullivan also had eight points to go along with six rebounds and two assists.

Josie Meyer and Kinsley Griffith each had five points; Jaelyn Hemingway had four points and eight rebounds; and Lexi Lay had four points and four steals.