Coach Mark Boggs’ Switzerland County Lady Pacers opened the 2021 portion of their season on Saturday, January 2nd, with an afternoon matinee against Batesville.
The game was a back-and-forth battle throughout, but the Lady Bulldogs used a big third period to pull away just enough to claim the win by a final score of 44-35.
Making matters worse was that Switzerland County played the game without floor general and leading scorer Jessie Duvall.
Switzerland County jumped out to an early 11-10 lead in the first period, with Maddie Duvall sparking the run with seven first period points on a three-pointer, a field goal, and two freethrows.
Gracie White starting in place of Jessie Duvall, made her presence felt early with a three-pointer; and Nora Hankins chipped in a freethrow.
Makayla Granger led Batesville in the first period with five points.
The second quarter continued to be close, as this time Batesville again scored 10 points in the stanza while Switzerland County added nine more to its tally, making the score 20-20 at the halftime break.
In that second period, Keirstan Oeffinger got hot, scoring six points on a field goal, a freethrow, and a three-pointer; while Macy Collier added a basket and Maddie Duvall made a freethrow.
The Lady Pacers left some valuable points on the floor in the second, as Switzerland County managed just a 2-for-10 quarter from the freethrow line.
Carley Pride scored seven points in the second quarter for Batesville.
With the game knotted at 20-20 after the first 16 minutes of play, Batesville came out of the lockerroom and posted 15 points in the third, while Switzerland County managed just seven. That eight-point difference would come back to haunt the Lady Pacers in the contest.
In the third, Oeffinger and Hannah Hayes had the team’s only field goals; while Maddie Duvall was 2-for-2 from the freethrow line and Halle Archer also had a freethrow.
Pride led Batesville in the period, scoring seven points; while Granger and Calley Kaiser each added four.
The final quarter was again evenly played, with Batesville outscoring the Lady Pacers by a 9-8 count.
Maddie Duvall had four points in the fourth to lead Switzerland County; while Collier and Archer each added field goals to the final tally.
Neither team excelled at the freethrow line, as the Lady Pacers were just 8-for-18 for the game; while Batesville was 9-for-16.
Maddie Duvall led Switzerland County with 14 points on the day; while Oeffinger finished with eight points.
Collier had four points; White and Archer each had three; Hayes added two; and Hankins contributed one.
Pride led Batesville with 22 points; while Granger was also in double figures with 12..
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County won by a score of 38-36 in overtime.
Maddie Levell led the Lady Pacers with nine points in the contest; while Courtney Higgins and Megan Wetzel each finished with eight points. Kenzie Taylor had five points; Allena Weaver and Macy Collier each added three points; and Dakota Richards contributed two points.