Bouncing back from their loss on Thursday to Gallatin County in the opening round of the North American Stainless Tournament, the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team got 22 points from Eve Galbreath to earn a second round win on Friday by a score of 48-47.
Of the 22 points that the sophomore center had on Friday, none were more important than the last two, with Eve Galbreath converting a pair of freethrows with just four seconds remaining in the game to push the Lady Pacer out in front and secure the win.
Everything went right down to the wire, as Taylor County held a 47-46 lead with 22-second remaining when the Cardinals committed a turnover. With Switzerland County back in possession, Kelsi Konkle hit Eve Galbreath with a tremendous pass inside, and the center was fouled as she went up for the east bucket – setting up the freethrows.
Switzerland County came out hot, outscoring their opponents by a 16-9 margin in the first quarter, with Kelsi Konkle, Hailee Lay, and Eve Galbreath fueling the offense; but Taylor County bounced right back, outscoring the Lady Pacers by a 20-11 count in the second period to take a 29-27 lead into the halftime break.
The third quarter was a back and forth affair, with the lead changing hands on several occasions, but Taylor County made a three-pointer at the end of the period, and the squads went to the fourth quarter with Taylor County clinging to a 39-35 advantage.
Switzerland County didn’t fold in the final quarter, outscoring the Lady Cardinals by a 13-8 margin to earn the win and advance in the tourney.
Along with Eve Galbreath’s 22 points, the Lady Pacers by eight points from Brooke Todd and Kelsi Konkle; seven points from Hailee Lay; Makenzie Mathews had two points; and Bre Ricketts contributed one point.
Brooke Todd had a three-pointer for Switzerland County; and the Lady Pacers finished the game by going 13-for-21 from the freethrow line.