Higgins leads Lady Pacers to win over South Ripley, 39-30
The Switzerland County Lady Pacers saw a balanced offense lead the way to a big win, 39-30, over the South Ripley Lady Raiders last Tuesday night, December 13th.
The Lady Pacers claimed an early lead by outscoring South Ripley 11-10 in the opening period.
Guard Courtney Higgins did the damage early, scoring six points on three field goals; and Bri Stow had two baskets for four points. Halle Archer contributed a freethrow in the opening stanza.
Morgan Brightwell led South Ripley in the first, scoring five points on a field goal and a three-pointer; while Reese Obendorf hit a three-pointer.
The second quarter was a defensive struggle — and featured very little offense. Both teams scored four points in the second, and first half ended with the Lady Pacers in front by a 15-14 score.
Baskets in the second were converted by Macy Collier and Archer for Switzerland County.
The third quarter continued to feature a nip-and-tuck battle, as both teams scored 12 points.
Switzerland County got its 12 points, as the Lady Pacers got six points each from Higgins and Molly Wrightsman, each of whom converted three field goals.
With eight minutes to play, Switzerland County was still clinging to a 27-26 lead — and it was the final period that spelled the difference.
The Lady Pacers accounted for 12 points in the fourth while holding South Ripley to just four.
Wrightsman led the way in the fourth for Switzerland County, scoring five points on a pair of field goals and a freethrow.
Archer connected on a three-pointer in the fourth; and Stow had four points on a field goal and two freethrows.
The offensive outburst pushed Switzerland County to a nine-point win, 39-30.
Balance was the key for the Lady Pacer offense, as Higgins led the team with 12 points and also added four rebounds and three assists.
Wrightsman was also in double figures, with all 11 of her points coming in the second half. She also pulled down eight rebounds and had four steals.
Stow had eight points in the game, and also contributed four rebounds and four assists; while Archer had six points, four rebounds, and three steals. Collier had two points to round out the scoring.
The Lady Pacers continue to play without starter Kenzie Taylor, who is still battling back from injuries, making the offensive balance even more vital.
South Ripley was led by Brightwell with 10 points; with Katelynn Samples adding eight points.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County won by a score of 24-21.
Lauren Smith was in double figures with 10 points to lead Switzerland County; while Addie Kelso finished with seven points.
Carlee Boggs, Isabella Breeck, and Kaitlynn Stucker each had two points; and Claire Rogers chipped in one point.