Eve Galbreath leads team with 16 points, but Lady Pacers fall to Rising Sun, 55-48

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Rising Sun rode some key freethrow shooting in the fourth quarter to pull away from Switzerland County and claim a 55-48 win in girls varsity basketball Tuesday night.

The Lady Shiners opened the game with a basket by Sydney Elliott; but the Lady Pacers bounced back with a basket by Eve Galbreath and a jumper from Kelly Kincaid to claim an early lead. After Megan Pickett tied the game, Allie Mathews and Eve Galbreath pushed the Lady Pacers back in front, 8-4.

Rising Sun tied the game moments later on baskets by Brittany Camden and Sydney Willhite; and took the lead moments later on another basket by Sydney Willhite.

Another basket by Eve Galbreath tied the game at 10-10 with six seconds to play, and after the first period, both squads were still on equal ground.

The Lady Pacers moved out to an early lead as the second quarter on a freethrow by Eve Galbreath and a basket by Kelly Kincaid; but again Rising Sun came back on a freethrow by Kennedy Oser, a basket from Whitney Chipman and a three-pointer by Shelby Armstrong to retake the lead, 16-13.

Back came the Lady Pacers, as Kelly Kincaid converted a freethrow and Emily White hit a jumper to tie the game.

Rising Sun then went on a run, scoring eight straight points; and after Mercedes Parham made a freethrow for Switzerland County; Megan Pickett hit a three-pointer to give the Lady Shiners a 27-17 lead with 1:33 to play.

Again Switzerland County responded, closing the quarter with two freethrows from Emily White; a basket by Mercedes Parham, and a jumper from Emily White to close to within four at the half, 27-23.

Freethrow shooting hampered the Lady Pacers in the first half, as Switzerland County went just 5-for-15 from the freethrow line over the first 16 minutes.

Rising Sun opened the third quarter with baskets by Megan Pickett and Kennedy Oser; but again the Lady Pacers countered, getting a runner from Emily White, two freethrows from Kelly Kincaid and an inside basket by Eve Galbreath to get back within two with five minutes to play.

After Megan Pickett scored to push the Rising Sun lead back to three; Kelly Kincaid hit a freethrow to cut the lead to two.

That’s when the Lady Shiners hit their offensive stride again, scoring seven straight points on a freethrow by Samie Lozier; two baskets from Brittany Camden; and a basket from Megan Pickett to make the lead 40-30 – and the quarter closed with Switzerland County getting a basket from Allie Mathews to slice the lead back to eight with a quarter to play.

Rising Sun scored four straight to open the final quarter and swell the lead back into double figures; but again Switzerland County wouldn’t give up.

The Lady Pacers scored six straight points on a basket and a freethrow from Eve Galbreath; a basket and a freethrow by Allie Mathews to pull to within six; but again the Lady Shiners answered, getting four straight points from Brittany Camden to again make the lead 10 with four minutes to play.

After Rising Sun scored again to make the lead 12, the Lady Pacers got a freethrow from Eve Galbreath and a basket by Mercedes Parham – and after Kelly Kincaid converted a three-point play and Eve Galbreath followed that with a three-point play, suddenly the Lady Pacers were within five at 52-47 with 1:21 to go.

But that’s when the Rising Sun freethrow shooting took over. The Lady Shiners made 5-of-8 charities over the final two minutes to seal the win.

Eve Galbreath led Switzerland County with 16 points; and Kelly Kincaid was in double figures with 11. Emily White had eight points; Allie Mathews had seven points; and Mercedes Parham finished with five points.

Megan Pickett led Rising Sun with 17 points; and Brittany Camden was in double figures with 12.

Switzerland County now wraps up its home schedule tonight (Thursday) when South Ripley comes to town. The Lady Pacers then finish with two road games next week at Southwestern and at Madison Shawe.

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In Tuesday night’s junior varsity game, Switzerland County claimed a 34-32 overtime win.

Hailee Lay led the Lady Pacers with 16 points; and Carleigh Hughes added six. Tess Stoops and Vicky Abbott each had four points; while Jacqueline Hensley and Mercedes Parham had two points each.