Higgins scores 29 points as Lady Pacers blast Southwestern
Lady Pacer junior Courtney Higgins erupted for a game high 29 points as Switzerland County defeated ORVC rival Southwestern 63-47 last Thursday night.
The first quarter was evenly played, with each team scoring 11 points.
Higgins got off to a fast start, scoring six points in the opening stanza, while Halle Archer returned from injury to account for the other five point on two field goals and a freethrow.
The second period was a defining eight minutes for the contest, as Switzerland County produced 23 points while holding Southwestern to just nine.
Higgins did most of the damage, scoring 11 points on four field goals and a three-pointer.
Archer continued her solid play with eight points in the second — thanks to a pair of three-pointers and a field goal — and Bri Stow and Lauren Smith each contributed a basket.
At the half, the Lady Pacers led the Lady Rebels by a score of 34-20.
Coach Brooke Todd’s offense kept rolling out the halftime break, scoring 15 points in the third while Southwestern scored 14 points.
In the third, again it was Higgins, who had three field goals and a freethrow for seven points.
Maddie Levell had two baskets for four points in the third; while Stow had another field goal and Macy Collier also had a bucket.
Up by 15 points — 49-34 — heading into the final eight minutes of play, the Lady Pacers posted another 14 points in the fourth while Southwestern had 13.
Stow had a three-pointer and a basket in the period for five points; while Higgins wrapped up her outstanding night with another five points, this time on two field goals and a freethrow.
Molly Wrightsman had a three-pointer in the fourth; while Ashlyn Covington chipped in a freethrow.
The final horn sounded with Switzerland County in front by a score of 63-47.
Along with her 29 points, Higgins also had six assists in the contest; while Archer was also in double figures, scoring 13 points and adding five rebounds.
Stow had nine points; Levell finished with four points; Wrightsman had three points and three assists; Collier had two points; Smith had two points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists; and Covington had one point.
Southwestern was led by Ashley Fulton with 17 points; Riley Scroggins had 12 points; and Olivia Simpson was in double figures with 10 points.
The win pushed the Switzerland County overall record to 11-5, and they are 3-1 in the ORVC.
The junior varsity game was just two quarters due to lack of players for Southwestern, and Switzerland County won by a score of 27-9.
Claire Rogers led Switzerland County with eight points; while Carlee Boggs, Ashlyn Covington, Addie Kelso, and Kaitlynn Stucker each had four. Allena Weaver contributed three points.