Kristen Perry’s 26 points leads Lady Pacers to Oldenburg win


The Switzerland County Lady Pacers had more than a week off before traveling to Oldenburg on Saturday night to play the Twisters, and the rest appeared to be a good thing as the Lady Pacers cruised to a 64-33 victory.

The win was balanced by team depth, as 10 different members of the Switzerland County team saw playing time.

“We played well,” Lady Pacer coach Wayne Ellegood said. “I thought our defense played well for all 32 minutes of the game. We had some really good performances from our players.”

Sophomore Kristen Perry had an outstanding game, finishing with 26 points to go along with eight rebounds, eight steals, and three assists while playing just 23 minutes.

“Kristen was 10-for-14 from the field and 6-for-6 from the freethrow line, so she had a really nice game shooting the basketball,” Coach Ellegood said. “We were very pleased with her game.”

Junior Maggie Armstrong was also in double figures, finishing with 16 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and eight steals. She played just over 25 minutes in the contest.

The game got off to a fast start, as Switzerland County jumped out to a 19-10 advantage after one period.

The second quarter was where things really got out of hand, as the Lady Pacers outscored Oldenburg by a 16-5 count in the stanza, taking a 35-15 halftime lead.

The Switzerland County offense continued to fire on all cylinders in the second half, outscoring Oldenburg 13-9 in the third period and 16-9 in the final quarter – all while the Switzerland County coaching staff was rotating in players and testing different court combinations.

At the final buzzer, Switzerland County had pulled off a 64-33 blowout.

“It’s a funny game,” Coach Ellegood said. “South Decatur blew us out when we played one of our worst games of the season; we take care of Oldenburg; and then on Tuesday Oldenburg took South Decatur to overtime. It’s a really funny game.”

Jenna Daugherty had eight points and two assists in the contest; while Carrie Truax finished with six points, three rebounds, two blocked shots, two assists, and two steals.

Lindsay Scott had four points and seven rebounds; Katie Rayls had two points, five boards, and two steals; and Casey Sharp finished with two points and six assists.

As a team, Switzerland County was 25-for-55 from the floor (45.5-percent); and was 13-for-17 from the freethrow line (76.5-percent). The Lady Pacers outrebounded Oldenburg by a slight 36-34 edge; but the big statistic was points off of turnovers, where Switzerland County won by a 30-5 margin.

Oldenburg committed 37 turnovers in the contest; while Switzerland County committed only 22.

With the Oldenburg win in the rear view mirror, the Lady Pacers now take dead aim at one of their most important stretches of the season.

Switzerland County travels to Southwestern tonight (Thursday) to take on the Lady Rebels. Although Southwestern doesn’t have the firepower that they’ve displayed in recent years, the Lady Pacer coaching knows that they are a dangerous team.

“They’re still one of the better teams around,” Coach Ellegood said. “They’re not as strong has they have been for the past three years, but they are still formidable.”

Coach Ellegood is also mindful that the teams will play each other late in the season at home in the Pacer gym, and that game will count in the conference standings. A potential sectional matchup also looms on the horizon.

“We’re going to see them a lot,” he said. “This is really a feeling out game for both teams.”

Switzerland County was supposed to take on South Ripley at home on Tuesday night, but the winter weather forced that game to be moved to this Saturday afternoon, with the junior varsity getting underway at 1 p.m.

“They’re a big team,” Wayne Ellegood said of the Lady Raiders. “They start two girls who are over six-feet on the frontline, and that’s a strength for them. We’ll have to control that inside game on Saturday.”