Eve Galbreath tops 1,000 career points as Lady Pacers defeat New Washington, 66-42

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Senior Lady Pacer Eve Galbreath continued to write her name into the Switzerland County girls basketball record book on Saturday afternoon, as she surpassed 1,000 career points as the Lady Pacers defeated New Washington, 66-42.

Coming into the game needing just 13 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau – a mark reached by only two other Lady Pacer basketball players in history – Eve Galbreath commanded the area underneath the basket and her basket with one minute to play in the second quarter gave her 14 for the game and 1,001 for her career.

And she didn’t even know it.

The Lady Pacer coaching staff had been closely monitoring her climb to 1,000 points, but chose not to get too public with the totals, preferring instead to allow their senior center to play without a scoring burden on her mind.

Earlier this year, Eve Galbreath became Switzerland County’s all time leading rebounder, and offensively she now stands behind only Missy Ellegood (Bilz) with 1,177; and Ashley Chase (Kitts) with 1,134.

There wasn’t much time to celebrate – the achievement wasn’t acknowledged until after the game – and the Lady Pacers went on an offensive tear to open the game that kept the hot-shooting Lady Mustangs at bay.

After New Washington’s Haley Tye opened the game with a three-pointer, Switzerland County went right to work, getting baskets from Eve Galbreath and Brooke Todd. Katie Harrod scored for New Washington; but Brooke Todd followed that with a pair of layups in the lane to make the score 8-5 in favor of the visitors. New Washington’s Gracie Krouse then scored, and the score was 8-7 with 2:33 to play.

The Lady Pacers then went on a tear, reeling off 13 straight points to take control of the game.

Eve Galbreath scored, and that was followed by two freethrows by Hailee Lay. Brooke Todd scored again, and Whitley Schirmer made a freethrow. Eve Galbreath then scored twice more, with a basket by Makenzie Mathews sandwiched between; and with 11-seconds to go, the Lady Pacers had a 21-7 lead.

New Washington got a basket from Shelby Haymaker in the closing seconds, but after one, Switzerland County was firmly in control, up by 12.

The second quarter began as a back-and-forth affair, with the Lady Mustangs getting a basket from Hailey Tye, with Eve Galbreath quickly matching that. Marie McCarty converted a freethrow for New Washington, but Brooke Todd again raced through the lane for a layup; and when she followed that with another runner moments later, the lead was up to 15.

Shelby Haymaker scored for the Lady Mustangs, but Hailee Lay matched that, and after Gracie Krouse hit a three-pointer, with 2:40 to go in the half it was time for another Lady Pacer run.

This time it was 10 straight points to close the half, and Eve Galbreath got things started with a short jumper, followed by a freethrow from Kelsi Konkle.

With a minute to play, Eve Galbreath got free inside for the history-maker; and Kelsi Konkle followed that with a jumper. With four seconds left, Brooke Todd converted a traditional three-point play, and the teams headed to the lockerroom with Switzerland County holding a 39-17 advantage.

The second half was more evenly played, but New Washington couldn’t climb any closer to the Switzerland County tally, and things were decided.

The Lady Pacers outscored New Washington 18-16 in the third quarter, getting strong play from Kelsi Konkle, who drilled a long three-pointer; and continued steady play by Eve Galbreath, who accounted for nine points in the period.

Hailee Lay also had four points in the quarter for the Lady Pacers, and Makenzie Mathews had a bucket for two points.

Haley Tye had six points in the quarter for New Washington, and with one quarter to go, the Lady Pacers held a 57-33 lead.

The fourth quarter was evenly played, with both teams scoring nine points, as Head Coach Ashley Kitts cleared her bench to give her reserves some varsity playing time with the quarter halfway over.

While she was in the game, Eve Galbreath continued to control the inside, scoring six more points – 29 on the game – before retiring to the bench.

Kelsi Konkle also had a bucket before she headed to the bench; and Bre Braun closed out the scoring with a freethrow with 30-seconds to go.

At the final buzzer, the Lady Pacers earned the win, 66-42.

Along with Eve Galbreath’s 29 points; Brooke Todd had 15 points in the game – all in the first half; and both Hailee Lay and Kelsi Konkle finished with nine.

Makenzie Mathews had four points; while Whitley Schirmer and Bre Braun each contributed one point.

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In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated New Washington 42-36.

Hope Tankersley led the Lady Pacers with 11 points; while the trio of Mallory Phagan, Whitley Schirmer, and Taylar Jordan all had eight points each.

Ashley Peelman finished with four points; while Bre Braun added three.