Jessie Duvall’s big second half fuels Lady Pacer win, 34-25
The Switzerland County Lady Pacers got a huge second half from junior Jessie Duvall and overcame a first half deficit to defeat Oldenburg Academy by a score of 34-25 on Wednesday, December 30th.
The Lady Pacer offense was ice cold in the first period, as an inside bucket by Nora Hankins was the only score in the opening eight minutes. Oldenburg, in the mean time, posted 10 first period points to grab an early lead.
Switzerland County bounced back in the second quarter, outscoring their guests by a 10-5 score to trail by just three points — 15-12 at the intermission.
In that second quarter, Keirstan Oeffinger and Jessie Duvall each drilled three-pointers; while Hannah Hayes had two inside baskets for four points.
Down by three coming out of the halftime break, it was time for Jessie Duvall to show why she is one of the top players in the area.
The junior scored all 10 of Switzerland County’s points in the quarter, hitting a pair of three-pointers to go with two field goals; and with the Lady Pacer offense holding the Lady Twisters to just seven points, the squads headed to the final eight minutes of play with the score tied at 22-22.
Switzerland County won the fourth quarter and the game at the freethrow line, as the Lady Pacers would go 10-for-14 from the charity stripe in the period — the only freethrows that the team would attempt in the entire game. Oeffinger’s field goal early in the fourth quarter was the only basket by the Lady Pacers would have in the fourth, but the 12 points total was enough, as the Switzerland County defense clamped down, allowing Oldenburg to score just three points.
That run accounted for the final margin of nine points, with Switzerland County winning 35-24.
In that fourth quarter, Oeffinger also was 4-for-4 at the freethrow line for six points total; while Jessie Duvall was 5-for-6 at the line and Maddie Duvall was 1-for-2.
For the game, Jessie Duvall finished with 18 points — 15 of those in the second half; while Oeffinger was near double figures with nine points. Hayes added four points; Hankins had two; and Maddie Duvall finished with one point.
Oldenburg was led by Ava Allen with 10 points and Emma Weberding had six.
In the jayvee game, Switzerland County won by a score of 17-8.
Courtney Higgins led the Lady Pacers with eight points in the contest; while Macy Collier, Kenzie Taylor, Megan Wetzel each Terra Oeffinger each finished with two points. Allena Weaver added one point.