Junior Ashley Chase left her game jersey at home Tuesday night, discovering the problem as the Lady Pacers got dressed in preparation for their ORVC clash with Rising Sun.
After sophomore Brittany Hall graciously agreed to allow Ashley Chase to wear her #32 jersey in the game — fans quickly learned that the junior forward’s game is not confined to her usual #40 attire; as Ashley Chase scored 22 points to lead the Lady Pacers to a 73-38 beating of the Lady Shiners.
No matter what number she was wearing, Rising Sun simply had no answer for the all around game of Ashley Chase; and she was joined by three other Switzerland County players in double figures as the Lady Pacers put the game away early and decisively.
Ashley Chase opened the game with a basket, and Danika Bowman quickly followed that with a three-pointer that gave Rising Sun a 3-2 lead just over a minute into the game.
It would be the Lady Shiners’ last lead.
Switzerland County reeled off 15 straight points to shell shock the home standing Lady Shiners, who were playing without senior guard Tara Valentine.
Ashley Bright made a three-pointer and followed that with two freethrows. Ashley Chase then scored; and that was followed by a driving basket, a three-pointer, and a freethrow from Jaclyn Ranz. Ashley Chase then scored again, and with a minute to play, the Lady Pacers held a 17-3 lead.
Sammie Jo Walton broke the streak with a basket for Rising Sun; but Ashley Chase closed the first quarter with a three-point play, and after eight minutes Switzerland County led by a score of 20-5.
The game was basically over at that point; but no one bothered to tell Rising Sun’s Sammie Jo Walton, who single handedly tried to keep her team in the game, scoring the first four points of the second period and the first 11 her squad would score in the quarter — finishing with 13 of her team’s 19 first half points.
But Switzerland County was just too much.
Kodi Driver had an excellent second quarter, scoring 10 points in the period — including two three-pointers. She also contributed an outstanding pass to a streaking Ashley Bright on a fast break that turned into two easy points; and provided steady defense as Switzerland County clamped down on the Lady Shiners.
Ashley Chase had six more points in the second quarter; Jaclyn Ranz had a bucket; and Ashley Bright scored again.
The halftime score read Switzerland County 42, Rising Sun 19.
The advantage would balloon past 30 in the third quarter, as Switzerland County got baskets from Jaclyn Ranz, Holly Jackson, Ashley Bright, and seven more points from Ashley Chase to cruise through the quarter. Freshman Courtney Cole also played some important minutes in the period, and contributed the final four points that made the score 61-25 in favor of the Lady Pacers with a period to play.
The lead then went past 40 as the final quarter began on a basket by Jaclyn Ranz and a basket and freethrow from Courtney Cole, making the score 66-25.
Sammie Jo Walton scored to again break the run; but Kodi Driver came right back and drilled another three-pointer to make the lead 42.
Cathy Givan scored for the Lady Shiners; but Brittany Cole matched that inside; and with half of the quarter left to play; coach Wayne Ellegood cleared his bench.
Rising Sun completed the quarter with a 9-2 run against the Switzerland County subs; with April Thieman contributing the final Lady Pacer bucket to make the final score 73-38.
Ashley Chase led the Lady Pacers with 22 points, six rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and two steals.
Also in double figures were Kodi Driver, who had 13 points in the contest to go along with two rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Ashley Bright also finished with 13 points, and also contributed three assists and three steals.
Jaclyn Ranz made it four Lady Pacers in double figures, finishing with 12 points before fouling out. She also had four assists and two steals.
Courtney Cole finished with seven points; and Brittany Cole, Holly Jackson, and April Thieman each finished with two points.
The Lady Pacers get right back on the ORVC road tonight (Thursday) as they travel to South Ripley to take on the Lady Raiders; and then complete their home schedule on Monday when Southwestern comes to visit. That will be senior night and everyone is invited to come out and show their appreciation for the honorees.
The junior varsity team picked up a 38-19 victory over Rising Sun Tuesday night.
Courtney Cole lead all scorers with 19 points — matching Rising Sun’s team total. Tanya Sefton finished with seven points; April Thieman added six points; and Amanda Hon, Shauna Todd, and Brittany Hall each finished with two.