Lack of offense, turnovers doom Lady Pacers at South Dearborn

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Things started off well on Saturday night as the Switzerland County Lady Pacers traveled to South Dearborn for their second game of the young season.

Then things fell apart.

Unable to overcome the Lady Knight press and enduring some frigid shooting from the floor, the Lady Pacers fell by a final score of 48-31.

Everything looked great as the game got started, with Switzerland County running off a string of seven straight points over the game’s first five minutes.

Maggie Armstrong hit a jumper to open the scoring, followed by a freethrow from Kelly Kincaid; a pair of freethrows by Kristen Perry; and a basket by Kristen Perry.

With 2:50 to go in the first quarter, Switzerland County held a 7-0 lead, and it looked as though the Lady Pacers could cruise to their first victory of the season.

But as quickly as things started, things also fell apart, and South Dearborn would gather themselves and run off nine straight points to end the quarter holding a 9-7 lead.

It didn’t get any better in the second period, as South Dearborn opened that stanza with a run of 10 straight points; and after holding a 7-0 lead, Switzerland County suddenly found itself dazed and down by a score of 19-7 with 2:32 to play in the half.

The Lady Pacers finally got into the scoring column with 1:44 to play in the half when Maggie Armstrong connected on a jumper; but South Dearborn would respond with three more points to extend the lead to 13.

Kelly Kincaid hit a three-pointer with seven-seconds to play that gave Lady Pacer fans a glimmer of hope – but that was dashed when the Lady Knights scored with one second to play, taking a 24-12 lead into halftime.

After scoring seven points in the game’s first five minutes, Switzerland County managed only five more over the next 11 minutes, and found itself down by 12 points.

Switzerland County came out of the halftime chat with Coach Wayne Ellegood fired up, and immediately got on the board with two freethrows from Kelly Kincaid and a charity from Maggie Armstrong to cut the led to nine.

After South Dearborn scored to stop the run, Switzerland County got a basket from Lindsay Scott and a three-point play by Maggie Armstrong, and with 5:42 to play in the third quarter, suddenly Switzerland County was down by just six, 26-20.

South Dearborn got two straight baskets to give itself a little breathing room; but Kristen Perry converted on a runner through the lane that kept the deficit in single digits. South Dearborn then scored again; but the Lady Pacers would outscore their hosts 6-1 over the quarter’s final 2:23; and would go to the third quarter break down by a score of 33-28.

The run at the end of the quarter included a pair of freethrows and a basket by Kristen Perry and two freethrows by Maggie Armstrong.

But – again – Switzerland County couldn’t stand prosperity, as the Lady Pacers would not make a shot from the floor in the entire fourth quarter, settling for three freethrows to stumble home with a 48-31 loss.

The scoring in the final stanza consisted of two freethrows by Kristen Perry with 7:11 to play; and a single freethrow by Hayley South with 1:12 to go.

Switzerland County couldn’t handle the South Dearborn pressure in the final quarter, committing six personal fouls – all of which sent Lady Knight players to the line, resulting in eight points.

At the final buzzer, South Dearborn held a 48-31 victory.

Kristen Perry led Switzerland County with 12 points on the night; and Maggie Armstrong finished in double figures with 10. Kelly Kincaid added six points; Lindsay Scott had two; and Hayley South finished with one.

The road trip continues tomorrow (Friday) night, as the Lady Pacers travel to Rising Sun for a showdown to determine who the “Ruler of the River” will be. Switzerland County finally gets to play a home game on Tuesday, December 1st, when Milan comes to visit.

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The Switzerland County junior varsity was handed its first loss of the season on Saturday night, falling to South Dearborn in a 34-31 nailbiter.

Hayley South again led the way with 14 points; and Becca Sittloh hit three three-pointers to finish with nine. Trisha Smith had six points; and Allie Mathews chipped in two.