A cold second quarter was the difference on Tuesday night in the Switzerland County High School gym, as the Lady Pacers battled with conference foe South Ripley before falling by a final score of 44-33.
The two teams took turns making runs throughout the night, but the Lady Pacers simply couldn’t get the key stop and basket at critical times.
The first period was close and even, as both squads scored 10 points each. Lexi Lay had the hot hand for Switzerland County, connecting on a three-pointer and a pair of freethrows for five points; while Maddie Duvall also hit a three-pointer and Jessie Duvall had a field goal to round out the scoring.
South Ripley showed balance early, with Elexah Roepke scoring four points on strong inside play; Morgan Peetz and Jill Scott each had a field goal, and Lindsey Meyer made two freethrows.
It was the second quarter that put Switzerland County in a deep hole, as South Ripley outscored their hosts by an 18-5 count to take a 28-15 lead into the halftime break.
Aleiah Thomas — the focal point of the South Ripley defense all night long — managed to get free enough to hit a field goal and make a freethrow for three points; and two freethrows by Jessie Duvall closed the scoring for the quarter for the Lady Pacers.
Roepke, South Ripley’s strong inside presence, ignited in the second quarter, scoring 12 points to push the Lady Raiders out in front. Scott, Autumn Schmaltz, and L.J. McQueen also had baskets.
Coach Mark Boggs’s troops didn’t fold after the halftime break, going on a run of their own, outscoring South Ripley 11-4 in the third period to climb back to within six — 32-26 — with a quarter to play.
Jessie Duvall did the damage for Switzerland County, scoring six points on three field goals; while Maddie Duvall connected on her second three-pointer of the contest, and Rylee Hankins fought her way inside for a bucket to close the gap.
South Ripley’s only points of the period came on field goals from Scott and Cady Garcia.
Down by six with eight minutes to play, Switzerland County turned up the defensive pressure in hopes of creating turnovers, but couldn’t get the stop and score that they needed, as the Lady Raiders outscored the Lady Pacers 12-7 to get to the 11-point final margin of victory, 44-33.
Thomas had a three-pointer for Switzerland County in the fourth; while Jessie Duvall and Hankins also added baskets. Adding to the Switzerland County woes was that the Lady Pacers didn’t get too many chances at the freethrow line — going 5-for-8 on the night, but not shooting a single charity in the entire second half.
Roepke continued her solid play in the fourth, scoring six more points; while Peetz added five more and Meyer had a freethrow.
Jessie Duvall led the scoring for Switzerland County with 12 points in the contest; while Thomas and Maddie Duvall each had six. Lay finished with five; and Hankins had four while drawing the tough defensive matchup on Roepke all night long.
Roepke led all scorers with 22 points; with Peetz adding seven and Scott finishing with six.
Switzerland County, now standing at 6-4 on the season, hosts Trimble County (Kentucky) this Wednesday, December 19th, before readying themselves for a holiday tournament matchup in Southwestern’s “Rumble on the River” against Scottsburg on Friday, December 28th.
In the junior varsity game on Tuesday night, the Lady Pacers fell to South Ripley by a final score of 23-20.
Rochelle Bolton led Switzerland County with seven points; and Hannah Hayes added four points. Keirstan Oeffinger finished with three points in limited play; while the trio of Maddie Duvall, Jayden Thomas, and Brooke Asher each added two points.