Lady Pacers battle back, but can’t claim ORVC win over South Ripley

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In an afternoon contest rescheduled due to last week’s snow storm, the Switzerland County traveled to South Ripley last Saturday for an ORVC showdown.

After falling behind and battling back to tie the game, the Lady Pacers ran out of gas late in the contest, and fell to the Lady Raiders by a score of 53-45.

After Kasey King opened the scoring with a three-pointer for South Ripley, the Lady Pacers grabbed an early lead on two straight buckets by Kristen Perry.

South Ripley scored to briefly retake the lead; but Switzerland County responded with a basket by Jenna Daugherty and another jumper from Kristen Perry to open up an 8-5 advantage with 2:35 to play.

South Ripley then tied the game on a basket by Sara Webster and a freethrow from Erica Ester. Jenna Daugherty then made a freethrow to push the Lady Pacers back in front; but South Ripley closed the first quarter with baskets by Erica Ester and Sara Webster to take a 12-9 lead at the first break.

Switzerland County’s offense went a bit cool as the second period got underway – but South Ripley wasn’t burning up the nets, either.

The Lady Raiders did get two straight baskets to open up a 16-9 lead; but the score remained there until Switzerland County finally broke into the scoring column on a basket by Hailee Smith with four minutes to play in the quarter.

Erica Ester then made two freethrows; and when Jordan Vinup got loose inside for a basket with 3:40 to play, South Ripley had opened up a 20-11 lead.

Making matters worse for Switzerland County, Kristen Perry, the team’s leading scorer, was hit with her third foul of the game with 3:15 to play in the second period, and spent the remainder of the half on the bench.

The Lady Pacers did manage a freethrow from Hailee Smith; a basket by Lindsay Scott; and a three-pointer from Maggie Armstrong over the remainder of the half, but at the break, South Ripley held a 25-17 advantage.

Aiding the South Ripley cause was some sloppy play by the Lady Pacers, as Switzerland County committed 20 turnovers in the first half.

Switzerland County seemed to gather itself during the halftime break, and after Erica Ester made a freethrow to push the lead to nine; the Lady Pacers got a basket by Jenna Daugherty; another bucket from Kristen Perry; a three-point play from Jenna Daugherty; and another basket by Kristen Perry – and suddenly with 5:36 to play in the quarter, the teams were tied at 26-26.

The Lady Raiders responded with two straight buckets by Erica Ester and Jordan Vinup; but Maggie Armstrong kept things close with a long three-pointer that sliced the lead to one.

The set the stage for Switzerland County’s biggest run of the contest.

Jenna Daugherty scored again at the 3:31 mark to push the Lady Pacers into the lead; and Lindsay Scott followed that with a basket. When Kristen Perry connected on another jumper and was fouled, the sophomore went to the line with Switzerland County holding a 35-30 advantage.

The freethrow rimmed out, however, and South Ripley grabbed the rebound and went back to their key performers; getting baskets from Erica Ester and another from Jordan Vinup to cut the Switzerland County lead to one.

Carrie Truax scored for Switzerland County; but South Ripley closed the third quarter with baskets by Sara Webster and Whitney Walker to take a 38-37 lead to the final break.

Back came Switzerland County, getting a basket by Jenna Daugherty and a jumper from Maggie Armstrong to retake a three-point lead; but South Ripley responded with a basket from Erica Ester and a freethrow by Jessica Foster to tie the game at 41-41 with six minutes to play.

Whitney Walker scored again to give the Lady Raiders then lead once again; but Switzerland County appeared to catch a break when South Ripley’s Kasey King missed both freethrow attempts after a foul.

But Jordan Vinup swooped in and grabbed the offensive rebound off of the second miss, and converted a layup that damaged the Lady Pacer hopes and breathed life into South Ripley’s cause.

Maggie Armstrong responded with a pair of freethrows to narrow the lead to two; but South Ripley got baskets from Kasey King and Erica Ester to push the lead to six with three minutes to play.

Freethrow shooting haunted Switzerland County over the remainder of the contest, as the Lady Pacers were just two-for-seven from the freethrow line; while South Ripley was a perfect four-for-four when it counted.

The final score showed South Ripley out in front by a 53-45 margin, but it was no indication of how close the game was.

Jenna Daugherty had an outstanding game, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds on the day; and she also added two blocked shots and two steals to the cause.

Kristen Perry had 12 points and nine rebounds; and Maggie Armstrong had 11 points; four assists; and four steals.

Lindsay Scott had four points, five rebounds, and five assists in a great all-around game; Hailee Smith had three points; and Carrie Truax added the other two points.

South Ripley was led by Erica Ester with 20 points, and Jordan Vinup finished with 11.

Switzerland County finished with 37 turnovers on the day; while South Ripley had 17; and Switzerland County won the rebounding battle by a 40-35 count.

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Switzerland County defeated South Ripley in junior varsity action by a score of 59-43.

Trisha Smith led Switzerland County with 22 points on the day, and she also had eight rebounds. Hayley South was also in double figures with 16 points, and also had five rebounds and four steals.

Becca Sittloh had nine points and two assists; Kelly Kincaid had four points, five rebounds, five assists, and seven steals; and Allie Mathews added four points. Emma Clements and Karoline Park each contributed two points in the win.