Cool third quarter lead to loss

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacers played a close game last Friday night against Madison, but a cool shooting patch in the third quarter resulted in a tough 46-34 loss to the Lady Cubs.

Freshman Aleiah Thomas led Switzerland County with 14 points on the night; but Madison placed three players in double figures to secure the win and drop the Lady Pacers to 0-2 overall.

The first quarter was pretty evenly played, as Madison held an early 3-2 lead before running off a streak of eight straight points to go up by nine with two minutes left in the opening stanza.

Switzerland County responded with an 8-4 run to close the quarter down by just five, 15-10.

Thomas and Rylee Hankins each had four points in the opening quarter, while Jody Breeck came off the bench to convert a pair of freethrows.

Madison was led by freshman Paige Young, who had nine of the Lady Cubs points over the first eight minutes.

As fast paced as the first quarter was, the second saw both teams struggle offensively, as each scored only five points each.

Thomas had three of the Switzerland County points, all on freethrows; while Whitley Schirmer had a basket for the other two points.

Hope Storie had four of Madison’s five points in the quarter, and at the half Madison held a 20-15 advantage.

The third period saw Switzerland County struggle through a cold shooting spell; as Mallory Phagan opened the third quarter with a basket but the Lady Pacers would then go nearly seven minutes before Schirmer would score with just 31-seconds left and Thomas made a steal and converted a jumper with 18-seconds to play that resulted in all of the Switzerland County scoring.

Madison got balanced scoring in the third, accounting for 12 points overall, with Hannah Imel and Emma Beasley each having four points.

After three quarters, Madison had moved out to a 32-21 lead.

The final quarter saw another offensive outburst from both teams, as Madison outscored Switzerland County 14-13.

After Schirmer opened the quarter with a pair of freethrows; Madison went on a run of six straight points; but the Lady Pacers responded with a run of 7-2 fueled by baskets by Breeck and Phagan and a three-pointer by Thomas that cut the lead down to 10.

Madison bounced back with two straight buckets; and baskets by Thomas and McKenli Scudder couldn’t edge the Lady Pacers any closer, and the final horn sounded with the Lady Cubs in front by 12, 46-34.

Along with Thomas’ 14 points; Schirmer finished with six points; and Phagan, Breeck, and Hankins each added four; while Scudder chipped in two.

Young led Madison with 13 points; while Imel and Beasley each had 10.

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In the junior varsity game, Madison won by a final score of 50-32.

For Switzerland County, Jody Breeck led the way with 11 points; while Emma Sullivan was also in double figures with 10.

Kinsley Griffith had eight points; Aleiah Thomas had two; and Jaelyn Hemingway contributed one point.