The Switzerland County Lady Pacers upped their overall record to 9-1 by winning their eighth game in a row last Tuesday night with a 55-33 victory over South Ripley.
The Lady Pacers rode the hot shooting of sophomore Jessie Duvall in the first half, and the guard accounted to 18 points on her own to outscore South Ripley’s team by eight.
The first quarter saw Switzerland County jump out to a 17-7 lead, with Jessie Duvall doing much of the damage, scoring 10 points of three three-pointers and a freethrow. Aleiah Thomas also got into the long range shooting display, hitting a three-pointer; while Kyah Chase converted two field goals for four points.
Up by 10 after the first eight minutes, Switzerland County continued to accumulate a big lead in the second stanza, outscoring the Lady Raiders by a 17-3 count to take a 34-10 lead into the halftime break.
In that second quarter, Jessie Duvall continued her outside assault, connecting on two more three-pointers and adding a field goal for eight more points. Chase got into the shooting exhibition with a three-pointer and a field goal for five points; while Thomas added three points on a field goal and freethrow; and Keirstan Oeffinger chipped in a freethrow.
Up big at the break, the Switzerland County offense slowed down in the third period, scoring just seven points while their hosts put nine points on the board — cutting into the big lead, but just by a field goal.
Maddie Duvall entered the fray in the third, hitting two three-pointers while Oeffinger added another freethrow.
With a quarter to play, Switzerland County held a commanding 41-19 advantage.
The fourth stanza saw the Lady Pacer offense get rolling a bit more, scoring 14 points over the stretch — but South Ripley managed to match that point output, leading to the final margin of victory of 22 points.
If Jessie Duvall was hot in the first half, Thomas was nearly nuclear in the fourth period, as the senior posted 11 points on four field goals and three freethrows. Jessie Duvall reached the 20-point plateau with a jumper in the final session; and Hannah Hayes hit a freethrow in the closing minutes to complete the scoring.
Jessie Duvall led Switzerland County on the night with 20 points; and she also had an outstanding all around game, notching four rebounds, three steals, and three assists.
Thomas’ big fourth quarter landed her at 17 points on the night, while contributing six rebounds, a pair of steals, and an assist.
Chase had nine points, three rebounds and two assists; Maddie Duvall had six points, four rebounds, three steals, and three assists; Oeffinger had two points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist; and Hayes added a point.
Although not scoring in the contest, Jaden Harrell had an outstanding night, collecting a team-high 11 rebounds while gathering two steals and an assist; and Josie Meyer chipped in four rebounds and two steals.
South Ripley was led by Lindsey Meyer with 11 and Leire Gonzalez with seven.
In the junior varsity game, South Ripley defeated Switzerland County 32-25.
Leading the Lady Pacers in scoring was Gracie White with 14 points; while Rochelle Bolton, Hannah Hayes and Dakota Richards each had three points. Nora Hankins contributed a basket for two points in the contest.