Lady Pacer offense continues to struggle in ‘Rumble’ tournament


The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team participated in the “Rumble on the River” tournament last week at Southwestern High School, and Coach Ashley Chase’s squad continued through its growing pains, falling in three games.
In the opening round, the Lady Pacers took on Class 4A Fishers High School near Indianapolis, and the big school rolled, defeating Switzerland County by an 83-20 score.
Switzerland County fell into a hole early and never competed in the contest, falling behind 26-10 after one period before going scoreless in the second quarter to trail 52-10 at the half.
The third quarter didn’t get much better, as Fishers outscored Switzerland County 19-2 over the eight minutes to move out to a 71-12 advantage with a quarter to play.
The final stanza saw Switzerland County score eight points to Fishers’ 12; and the first round game ended with the Lady Pacers on the short end of an 83-20 count.
Freshman Eve Galbreath led Switzerland County with eight points; while Bre Ricketts finished with six. Kelly Kincaid, Hailee Lay, and Vicky Abbott each finished with two points.
In the second round, Switzerland County encountered a familiar foe, as the Lady Pacers took on the host Lady Rebels of Southwestern. The Lady Pacers ran into a buzz saw in Southwestern’s Brandi Ponder, who scored 36 points on seven three-pointers to lead the Lady Rebels to a 68-34 win.
Switzerland County has been plagued by slow starts all season, but in the second round game the Lady Pacers got out to a quick start, leading by a 13-11 count at the end of the first quarter. Southwestern exploded offensively in the second quarter, outscoring Switzerland County 27-10 in the period to grab a 38-23 lead at the half.
Switzerland County’s offensive struggles hit in the second half, as the Lady Pacers scored just seven points in the third period and four in the final stanza. Southwestern, meanwhile, scored 30 points in the second half to move away and pick up the victory.
Kelly Kincaid had a good game, finishing with a team high 12 points; while Eve Galbreath added nine points. Mercedes Parham had four points; while Allie Mathews, Carleigh Hughes, Vicky Abbott, and Mikayla Turner all had two points each. Bre Ricketts finished with one point.
The Lady Pacers wrapped up the tournament in the seventh place game against Austin, and the Lady Eagles emerged with a 65-18 win.
Austin jumped out to an 18-2 lead after one quarter, and after an 11-6 second quarter, Switzerland County trailed 29-8 at the half.
The Switzerland County offensive struggles continued throughout the second half, scoring four points in the third period before coming back with six points in the fourth quarter. Austin finished with 36 points over the final two quarters, including salting the game away with 21 points in the final stanza.
Allie Mathews had a good game, leading Switzerland County with eight points; while Eve Galbreath and Mercedes Parham had four points each. Kelly Kincaid contributed two points in the loss.
The Lady Pacers are now participating in the Rivertown Classic Tournament at South Dearborn High School, having played Lawrenceburg yesterday (Wednesday) in the opening round. The consolation game will be played tomorrow (Friday) night; while the championship tilt will tip off on Saturday.