Kristen Perry’s 11 points lead Lady Pacers in loss to South Dearborn

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A poor third quarter and too many turnovers doomed the Switzerland County Lady Pacers last Saturday night in their quest to pick up their first win of the young season.

Switzerland County battled throughout the first half, but fell to South Dearborn by a final score of 60-36.

Switzerland County got off to an early start on a basket by Maggie Armstrong, but South Dearborn countered with six straight points to grab the lead. The Lady Pacers rebounded with buckets by Maggie Armstrong and Kristen Perry to tie the game; and after the Lady Knights got a basket; a bucket by Jenna Daugherty and a three-pointer from Kristen Perry gave Switzerland County a three-point lead.

South Dearborn got a pair of freethrows from Brooklyn Bovard and a three-pointer from Kayla Dell to retake the lead; but Jenna Daugherty’s pair of freethrows with just over a minute to play tied the game at 13-13.

It would be the last time that Switzerland County would not trail in the contest.

South Dearborn closed the quarter with a three-pointer by Christina Cash and a basket by Brooklyn Bovard, and the Lady Knights claimed a 18-13 advantage after one period.

Kristen Perry opened the second quarter with a basket; but South Dearborn reeled off seven straight points to take a 10-point lead, 25-15.

Casey Sharp finally stopped the Switzerland County scoring drought after nearly four minutes; and the Lady Pacers then got two freethrows from Kristen Perry and a basket by Lindsay Scott to climb back to within four, 25-21.

A basket by South Dearborn’s Christina Cash sent the teams to the lockerroom with the Lady Knights holding a 27-21 lead.

The third quarter was the tell-tale period for Switzerland County, as South Dearborn outscored the Lady Pacers 21-4. South Dearborn scored 12 straight points to open the quarter before the Lady Pacers got on the scoreboard; and the Lady Knights would post another nine points to just two for Switzerland County to ice the game with eight minutes left to play.

Coach Wayne Ellegood tried to wake up his sleeping offense midway through the third stanza, substituting all five reserves while bringing his starters to the bench. They remained there through the end of the quarter, but it was too little, too late as the deficit grew.

Switzerland County’s offense did wake up a bit in the final period, as South Dearborn outscored them by a 12-11 count, but the Lady Pacers couldn’t mount an offensive run long enough to dig into the South Dearborn lead.

A bright spot in the final quarter was the play of reserve guard Hailee Smith, who had a three-pointer and a two-pointer while playing outstanding defense.

Without narrowing the margin, the game ended with South Dearborn pulling off a 60-36 win.

The telling statistic of the contest was in the area of turnovers, where the Lady Pacers posted 32 miscues in the game, while South Dearborn only had 12.

Coming off of 28 turnovers in the opening game with Madison, that means that Switzerland County is averaging 30 turnovers per contest heading into tomorrow (Friday) night’s home game with Rising Sun.

On Saturday, Kristen Perry led Switzerland County with 11 points; while Jenna Daugherty finished with six. Hailee Smith had five points; and Maggie Armstrong, Lindsay Scott, and Bre Hinman each added four points. Casey Sharp finished with two points on the night.

South Dearborn won the rebound battle by a 39-33 count; while Switzerland County shot a better field goal percentage, 34.1-percent to 32.8-percent, than their guests.

South Dearborn was five-for-eight from three-point range; while Switzerland County was two-for-six. The Lady Pacers did go six-for-seven from the freethrow line for 85.7-percent.

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The junior varsity team fought hard but lost by a final score of 34-28.

Becca Sittloh led Switzerland County with 11 points; while Allie Mathews had six; Trisha Smith and Paige Kelly had four each; and Hayley South finished with three.