Fueled by an outstanding game by senior Jody Breeck, the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team battled hard against conference foe Southwestern on Saturday night; but a big fourth quarter by the Lady Rebels sealed another loss for Switzerland County.
Breeck, the lone senior on the Lady Pacer squad, scored all of Switzerland County’s 13 points in the first quarter, leading the squad to a 13-10 lead after the first stanza. Breeck had strong play inside, accounting for five field goals down low; and she also had three freethrows.
Southwestern was led in the first period by Ellie Foley with four points; while Emma Foley had three.
The second quarter saw the Lady Pacers move out to a larger lead, at one point holding a 20-12 advantage despite leading scorer Aleiah Thomas spending most of the first half on the bench with foul trouble. Southwestern roared back as the second period came to a close, scoring the final eight points of the half to send the two team into the halftime break tied at 20-20. Breeck continued her strong play, adding two more points to her total while pulling down some key rebounds; and McKenli Scudder had two buckets for four points. Calleigh Powell had the period’s other point, adding a freethrow.
Southwestern saw its leading scorer, Abby Ralston, get rolling with four points; while Ellie Foley, Emma Foley, and Bella Marcum each converted a pair of freethrows for two points each.
With the first half all even, the third quarter continued that trend, as Switzerland County would score 12 points in the period while the Lady Rebels had 11, giving the Lady Pacers a 32-31 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Southwestern made a run midway through the period, moving out to a 28-22 lead with 3:28 to play; but Coach Mark Boggs’ team didn’t fold, outscoring their guests 10-3 over those final three minutes – including the final eight points – to grab the lead.
Thomas, free from the limitations of first half foul trouble, sliced through the Southwestern pressure defense to account for eight points in the quarter, while Keirstan Oeffinger and Powell each had baskets to total the 12 points.
Southwestern continued its balanced offense, with Emma Foley hitting a three-pointer in the period; while Ralston had four more points.
The game continued to teeter back and forth through the first half of the fourth quarter, with Switzerland County holding a 38-36 lead with 4:45 to go; but foul trouble began to take its toll on Switzerland County, along with an injury to starting guard Lexi Lay in the second half. Lay returned to the game in spots, but her knee was clearing affecting her movement throughout the remainder of the game.
Southwestern took advantage of the foul trouble that Switzerland County found itself in; as the Lady Rebels went to the freethrow line 14 times in the fourth quarter, converting 10 of those attempts to keep the Lady Pacers at bay. Southwestern’s KK West also had five points in the quarter on a three-pointer and a field goal; but all of that led to the Lady Rebels scoring 21 points in the fourth; while Switzerland County managed12 points – and that margin led the final tally of 52-44 in favor of Southwestern.
In that fourth quarter, Thomas and Breeck each had four points on a field goal and two freethrows; while Lay had two freethrows and Oeffinger scored a field goal.
On the night, Breeck led the way with 19 points; while Thomas finished with 12 points – all in the second half. Scudder and Oeffinger each added four points to the total; Powell had three points; and Lay finished with two.
Southwestern was led by Ralston with 21; while Emma Foley was also in double figures with 13. Ellie Foley had eight; and KK West had five.
In the junior varsity game, Southwestern defeated Switzerland County 33-26.
Josie Meyer continued her outstanding season with 10 points; while Keirstan Oeffinger had eight; Jacey Peelman had six; and Brooke Clark had two.
The Lady Pacers were to wrap up the 2017 portion of the season last night (Wednesday, December 20th) with a road game at Trimble County, Kentucky.
Switzerland County will kick off 2018 with the Rivertown Classic Tournament at South Dearborn, taking on the Lady Knights in the opening game of the tourney on Wednesday, January 3rd at 6 p.m.